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BOVI’s Feature Length Debut Film ‘It’s Her Day’: Arguably The Best Romantic Comedy Of 2016 So Far

It’s her day is one of those movies that one may not take too seriously or place in a movie itinerary even though the trailer gave signs of an original concept and a few laughs. It’s the type of movie you get compelled to see after a number of good reviews or when you get to the cinema without checking movie show times and you are left with no choice; give this comedian a fair chance with your money and then you enter the theatre reluctantly and get blown away by what you least expect: a fresh ROMCOM idea and a brilliant screenplay written by Bovi himself which boasts of a surprisingly good cast and one thing good cinema must have ─ unexpected plot twists and suspense.

The story revolves around Victor (Bovi Ugboma) and the entire wealthy Hernandez family including the family’s butler (Femi Durojaiye), Omonigho (Gregory Ojefua) Bovi’s best man to be and a surprisingly impressive Aunty Fowe (Najite Dede). ─ The house’ viewers will understand what ‘surprising’ stands for; the over-priced  wedding fixer (Adunni Ade) coming each day with a fresh bill and list for the wedding; an unforgiving Ex (Omoni Oboli) and a host of other particularly good extras.

Bovi’s love interest out of the four daughters of the Hernandez is Nichole (Ini Dima-Okojie) a pompous returnee who agrees to marry Bovi (they both studied at the same school in the U.K).  She wants a fairy tale wedding, He promises the family and his friend that he can ‘chest’ the bills like a man and then the bills start rolling. The movie is the first to capture all the behind the scene tricks of weddings on social media pages and blogs these days. The acting is very commendable specially the lead actor Bovi who studied theatre arts but has never really shown his acting skills this much aside from stand up comedy. The overegged acting from a couple of the rookies didn’t in any way mar the savour of this comedy. With Mildred Okwo behind the casting direction there was little wonder why the movie was so adroitly cast.

One hour forty minutes did not seem enough for the little premise that was the story -- the pace never draggy. It was hard to believe Bovi wrote this screenplay, because the lines came with so much artistry resembling a Tunde Babalola piece of work. The story threw jabs when needed for example in the scene where a Nigerian designer who is described as making menswear that are more expensive than Armani is called out; the audience echo the name MAI ATAFO without hesitation and when Bovi’s character says he hates Bovi as a comedian that was Bovi playing the humble card. The scenes with Omoni and Bovi seemed to have been reserved for the best lines; for example when Bovi reminds her that he is ‘child-like not childish’ and the date scene when she sermonises him for what he has become and tells him ‘I ordered those words for you’ instead of food?

The Director Aniedi Anwah has vision and an eye for what he wanted from his characters, which they usually delivered. Nothing about the humour in ‘It’s her day’ felt lowbrow or cliché. The way the action sequences played out will definitely keep you guessing till the very end: when the movie plays a prank on our imagination twice before the closing credits roll.  Since Omoni’s Okafar’s Law; Kemi Adetiba’s The wedding party and Ay’s A trip to Jamaica are yet to be released, it is fair to infer that ‘it’s her day’ is the best comedy of the year yet.

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Steve Gukas’ “93 DAYS” Pays An Unforgettable Tribute To The Heroes Of The Ebola Virus In Nigeria

Every Nigerian can remember vividly the tension that arose in the country when the Ebola Disease found its way to our doorsteps with the caution it added upon many, the source of amusement it caused to a fair number, and the pain and loss it caused a few−the intense pain which most Nigerians did not know. Some even went as far as debating the fact that the disease actually made it to our borders: arguing that it was only a political gambit to help promote the campaign for second term of the then government.

The Director Steve Gukas (A Place in the Stars, Keeping Faith) was among the many who understood this pain and the urgency which birthed the idea to tell the story he told. Then he engaged Paul .S. Rowlston to carry out a proper research into the lives of both the living and fallen heroes of the virus and write a sophisticated screenplay to resonate the events that happened. The opening scene shows an aerial shot of Lagos; the complexities and congestion of this city. The artistic voice over of Somkhele Idlahama (Dr Ada Igonoh) playing like music in the background as she is taken to the Quarantine center. ‘Moments that can change your life forever’ closing the scene and ushering the audience into this emotionally gripping tale.

When Patrick Sawyer (Keppy Ekpeyong) a Liberian-American collapses at Muritala Muhammed International Airport, he is quickly rushed to the First Consultant Medical Centre Obalende. He is down with fever-like symptoms and in denial of contact with any Ebola Victim in his home country. Keppy reignited the distaste we had for Mr. Sawyer with good expressions and niceties−but inconsistency in a flawed accent bludgeoned the actor’s skill. Against his denial of contact with any living or dead Ebola victim, the team at First Consultants ably led by the impeccable Bimbo Akintola (Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh) who’s every gesture, expression and demeanor embodied this woman many Nigerians never knew−aside a picture or two from the internet. The story delves not only into her devoted life at work but the caring and mild-spoken mother and wife that she was at home. The vigilance of the First Consultants team, leads to an early detection that Mr. Sawyer indeed had the Ebola Virus Disease. Now it is a race against time to contain the disease from breaking out into a megacity with a population of over 21 million persons.

The movie starts off with a swift pace; drawing the audience in from the scene a troubled Mr. Sawyer is rushed into a car for the hospital. The minor introductions into the lives of the main cast did not distract the audience as it helped us start to sympathize with the characters; knowing   the story and how the true events turned out, it was still impossible to lose focus from the big screen. The movie took a parabolic path from Act I, taking the audience through the journey with so many characters and overwhelming performances, from the second Act we are drawn into the full crisis. Seeing the entire human story behind this story we thought we truly knew. From Zara Udofia (Nurse Justina’s) fear and worry for her unborn child; to Francis Onwuchei (Dr. Abaniwo) steadfastly praying with his wife and reading his bible in another scene; to Gideon Okeke (Dr. Morris) going from the excited doctor relaxing with his brother to the troubled man begging his little nephew not to come close, though his performance was affected by the lack of consistency in his Igbo accent, the character still resonated. These scenes put the audience in a lachrymose mood just like the characters; no tears yet, just heavy eyes.

Then the projectile finally completed the parabolic course by Act III. The surprisingly humorous scene were a profusely bleeding Nurse Justina is brought to the hospital and the Driver (Kayode Olaiya) makes us forget the sorrows of the characters with the way he reacts to the fact that his passenger had the disease.  After this scene, the third act fully delves the audience into the characters’ depression and dismay.

Danny Glover’s (Dr. Benjamin Ohiaeri) emblematic presence gave the movie its touch but his utterances usually felt labored and inaudible. Franca Brown (Dr. Igonoh’s mother) graced us with her presence in 3 scenes after such a long time been off screen with  a performance devoid of  words but only expressions, that will give the similarly short Oscar winning screen times of Judy Dench and Beatrice Straight a run for their money. In that Bimbo Akintola reminded us of her artistry, Somkhele Idhalama shined so bright with her performance that she deserves every best Supporting Actress nod and award for 2017. The third act was where the tears were allowed to roll−were all the tension and sorrow was allowed to flow. When eventually Dr Igonoh wailed in her death bed, the audience followed suit. The tension well developed and carried by the screenplay till the projectile completed its parabolic path. With the victory of the first survivor igniting the audience once more and the eulogy of the fallen heroes at the closing scene; taking the audience back and forth the joys and pains caused by this deadly virus leading seamlessly to a riveting and very conclusive finish.

A TRULY FANTASTIC MOVIE WHICH SHOWS NIGERIA'S STRUGGLE WITH THE DEADLY VIRUS AND THE FEAR IT BROUGHT ALONG

‘93 days’ explores a true story in the true Nigerianness of the story; depicting Nigerians as a people that can stand strong in times of crisis. Contrary to certain quarters, 93 days is not the ‘moralistic simplistic’ saga of Nigerians trying to portray themselves as saints and Liberia as the devil instead, it tells a factual tale that for once depicts the sentimental religiosity of Nigerians in a positive light; from Dr. Abaniwo and his wife praying like no tomorrow, to Dr. Igonoh placing her phone as it plays a gospel song to the dying nurse in her ward: all a breath of fresh air from what is lavishly obtainable these days from modern Nigerian literature.

This masterpiece has with no doubt created a spot for Steve Gukas’ name in the classical history books of Nigerian filmmaking−when eventually we have one.

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5 Life Hacks

This is a post with tips on how to better your life, it’s a list of things you already know but still need to be reminded every once in a while of their importance in your everyday dealing. The list is by no means exhaustive, but I just find these ones to be very important. Let’s get into it then;

 

  1. Be Time Conscious- Own at least one “working” wristwatch. Always be punctual. These are things most people take for granted. The truth is people would rather deal with people they know would always be on time than people who aren’t. Knowing how to manage your time also has a positive effect on your productivity.
  2. Dress Appropriately- I’m not here to lecture you about your wardrobe choices or to tell you to ‘dress the way you want to be addressed’ but you don’t show up for a stripper job dressed in a 3 piece suit, same way you shouldn’t go for a bank interview with your pants sagging or your butt crack visible. Your appearance goes a long way in the first impression people have of you.
  3. Act Confident- I said ‘act’ because confidence takes a lot of time to be built for some people, while for others, they have to be in a very comfortable situation for them to feel confident. The easiest thing to do is to apply the ‘fake it till you make it’ motto. Face any situation with your head held up. When meeting people, look them in the eye especially when you talk to them. Most times, acting like you know what you’re doing is all people need to see from you.
  4. Count your Blessings- Most people get hung up on the things going wrong in their life that they forget about the things that are good. Did you lose your job? Did your partner break up with you? Well at least your Twitter and Instagram followers are now more than 2000, and what’s more important than that?
  5. Have Great Friends- This is a much underrated point. You need good friends at every point in your life. It can be your partner, or your parents or anybody. Just have friends you can call to share good news with. Friends you can talk to when you are at your lowest. Friends you can call at 4AM when you can’t sleep just to wake them up just so they can’t sleep either. Friends make life easier.

I know I said 5 but I feel like I need to add this next one

  • Stop Procrastinating- A lot has been said about this that I feel I don’t need to add anything to it.

Procrastination is a thief of time – Wise man

The best way to get something done is to begin – Wiser man

Never leave till tomorrow that which could be done today – Another wise man

Just do it - Nike

 

You get the point. As I said at the beginning, there are way more than 5 Life Hacks. Knowing them and applying them are two different things. Start applying them.

"Never stop trying to improve yourself"- Me (2016)

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A Sallah Story

Nope, that picture has nothing to do with this post.

You know how you Christians have a Christmas story, well I’m a muslim and I have a sallah story. Those stories you tell when the whole family is around for sallah. Stories that almost everyone there already knows but someone still tells it from time to time and nobody complains because you all still like it. This is one of those stories.

A typical sallah day in my house starts after my Popcy has killed the rams. There is a ram that is killed to be shared by my dad among family members, that is from my mum to my aunts, uncles, sisters, cousins, nephews, nieces, everybody. The size of the meat you get depends on the number of rams killed, what you do with your share is your business.

            Now, your next course of action if you’re a young guy like me depends on you. Are you going to fry it and keep it so you can give your friends when they come over? Are you going to use it to make barbecue or suya? Are you going to eat it raw? It’s your decision.

The easiest thing to do is to hand over your meat to my mumcy, that way anytime you need meat you just go over to her and she keeps giving you since you have meat with her, that is, till she snaps and tells you have exceeded the amount of meat you have with her which is still negotiable or you can keep your meat to yourself and process it by yourself and risk her not giving you anything out of hers’ which is also negotiable, but it has to do with a lot of begging.

If you pick this second option, you still run the risk of having pieces of your meat stolen by other people who know where you kept it after processing it.

I’ll soon get to the actual story but I need to paint you a picture of how everything goes down first so you can understand it better. The only meat that can’t be stolen is the one in mum’s room which is also negotiable depending on how good a thief you are, every other person’s meat is fair game as long as you steal it one at a time to give the owner the chance to change his/her hiding spot. Finally, most guys like myself can’t sadly process the raw meat ourselves, so you have to give my sister or nieces or aunts to help you with that. They ask for a share of your meat as payment even if you know they’ve probably stolen out of it while they were helping you process it.

            Now to the actual story, during this particular sallah, a cousin of mine decided to go with option 2. He could actually process the meat himself, he’s a good cook. His plan was to take all the meat with him when he’s going back to school to live like a king among his friends with it for a while. So, he did all the boiling and frying and every other thing they do to it the day after sallah and managed to keep it out of reach for everyone, he kept changing the places he hid the meat when he went out, so it will be hard to figure out and when he was home it was always with him. Finally, the day he was to leave for school comes, he packs his stuff, I drop him off where he boards a bus to his school (we stay in Lagos, his school is in Osun). I get back home and lo and behold, he left the meat on the bed. While he was packing he had forgotten to put it in his bag. Everybody at home called him to thank him for the meat, it was the least we could do before we descended on it.

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Do you have a sallah story? Make use of the comment section.

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So, Tell Me About Yourself

Yeah I know, this bloody question and the stress it brings, there are 3 ways in which people usually react to this statement

  1. You tell them to ask you exactly what they want to know
  2. You can’t absolutely remember anything about yourself at that moment
  3. You tell the person about yourself

So, what exactly is the problem with this question? Don’t you know about yourself? You’re supposed to be old enough to know these things. #2016Twitter has listed this among the most usual conversation killers, along with ‘send me pictures’ and ‘have you eaten?’. I can’t solve all your problems, you have someone to pray to for that. I’m just here to help you with the ‘tell me about yourself’ conundrum.

In a nutshell, the solution is to make a list of the things you know for certain about yourself, you can write it down or it can be just a mental thing if you’re sure you would remember. If you have written a list of what you know about yourself out, even if it’s just once, it shouldn’t be that hard to recall it when someone asks you. Your list doesn’t have to be exhaustive, you don’t intend to tell the person all about your life. They said ‘tell me about yourself’ not ‘I want your autobiography’. It’s good to have the list ready, because that way you can just pick what you want or don’t want to share with the person asking. And remember that most times, it is actually the random things about you that keeps the conversation going.

Here is an example, this is my list:

  • I love the feel of rain drizzle on my face
  • I don’t eat salad
  • I think the iPhone 4S is still the greatest iPhone ever
  • I don’t watch anything horror
  • I don’t believe in destiny or predestination. Yet.
  • I look good in native. If I do say so myself.
  • I think DPrince’s verse on Wizkid’s ‘Wad up’ is one of the best Nigerian verses ever
  • I’m not really great at anything
  • I think people shouldn’t clap in the cinemas
  • I think people shouldn’t be told how to behave
  • My mum is my favourite person to watch football with
  • I like God-fearing women with a fat ass great personality.
  • I’m scared of dogs
  • I’m a Batman stan
  • I have a niece who I’m certain is the most stubborn 5 year old in the world
  • I can’t dance to save my life
  • I don’t like running into people I know in public

 

This is all I can remember right now, so maybe this actually doesn’t work you should try yours. Oh yeah, and I support Manchester United.

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Interesting Facts About Some Of Your Favourite Shows

From the sharp dressers in Suits to the far less self conscious men in Silicon Valley, we decided to give a critical look into some of your favourite TV shows to reveal things you probably never knew about them.

 

Game Of Thrones Loves Cameos

Everybody watches Game of Thrones. All through the six seasons so far, the show has drawn millions of viewers who manage to miss every hidden cameo appearance by their favourite artists.

Asides Icelandic bands Sigur Ros, and Of monsters and men appearing on the show, Will champion of Coldplay played a part entertaining the guests at the famous red wedding. The show also has seen show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss appear. David Benioff’s parents also took some time off to act in the show.

 

 

Silicon Valley’s Peter Gregory

We all know Peter Gregory, the billionaire angel investor who saved Pied Piper from the fund crisis. Well, as we all know, Peter was played by Christopher Evan Welch who didn’t make it to the second season because he died. What we do not know is that Christopher Welch had been battling lung cancer since 2010. Just a day after receiving information that he landed the Peter Gregory role, he got news from his doctor that the lung cancer had spread to his brain and would eventually kill him.

If you knew about the show back then, this shouldn’t be news to you but if you’re late to the party, you probably aren’t aware of this.

Welch went on to shoot five episodes before he died in December 2013. Unsurprisingly, his character, Peter Gregory also died and left HBO to figure out how the show would proceed... As it later turned out, they did a good job with that.

 

 

The Walking Dead Has Some Interesting Stats

In a post Zombie apocalypse world, the word Zombie is never mentioned and up until I gave up on the show, no one ever called zombies zombies instead they call them walkers, lurkers, roamers, floaters.... you know, anything goes, just not zombies.

Actors who play zombies on this show have to go to zombie school to learn how to move and act like one. And after each show, the zombies have lunch/dinner together away from the actual people.

 

 

Modern Family Has Quite The Cast

The acting on Modern Family is probably one of the reasons why I fell in love with the show. The cast features some pretty interesting people playing pretty interesting roles. Take for example, Luke Dunphy. Luke is portrayed by Nolan Gould who surprisingly is a boy genius. Hard to believe yeah? Well, Gould has been a member of Mensa since he was 4 years old (Mensa is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world). He has an IQ of 150 and graduated from high school when he was 13 years old.

Another thing you might not know is that Cam isn’t gay. Eric Stonestreet who plays the role of Cam is straight in real life. Julie Bowie (Claire Dunphy) who gives 100% energy in her acting wears a pacemaker. The actress has been wearing one since her 20s because of heart problems while Gloria (Sofia Vergara) was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000 when she was 28 years old, but had a full recovery after treatment.

 

 

Homeland

Obama’s favourite Tv Show, Homeland has quite the opening credit... Some of the images used are actually photos of Claire Danes as a kid. The fictional character Carrie Mathison was actually supposed to be Claire and was supposed to be played by Halle Berry but after she turned the role down, the writers had to change the fictional name because Claire Danes got the role. She also told the Entertainment Weekly that she was the one who decided Carrie had Bipolar 1.

The show is based on an Israeli show called Hatufim which is Hebrew for Kidnapped or Adbducted.

 

 

Family Guy

Family Guy, a franchise worth over $2billion was the first animated program to earn an Emmy nomination for best outstanding comedy since the Flinstones. The show focuses on Peter Griffin and his family of 5 if we include his Dog and his baby Stewie for whom the writers pick when they want his sayings to be understood by other family members.

Quagmire who was modelled after Bob Hope is actually 68 years old according to his license which revealed he was born in 1948.

In every episode, someone yells What The Hell. This is part of a running joke by the writers and most of the time, Lois always ends up saying it to Peter.

Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane had a ticket for Flight 93, the plane that was heroically reclaimed from hijackers and crashed into a field in Pennsylvania on the famous 9/11. Seth MacFarlane was supposed to be on board that plane. His agent mistakenly told him the wrong boarding time and he got to the airport too late. Waiting for the next plane, he saw the news that the flight had been hijacked and crashed and turned to the guy next to him and said: Oh my god, that was the flight I was supposed to be on.

The show has gathered a lot of hate and has been cancelled multiple times. Along with that, it has been named worst TV show of the week at least 44 times by the Parents TV council.

 

 

Narcos

According to producer Eric Newman, Narcos was supposed to be a full-length feature movie but when they began talking about how in-depth they wanted to get into the backstories of the main characters, the team knew straight away there will be way too much content to pack into a 2 hour screentime.

Brazilian actor Wagner Moura had to learn Spanish to play the Escobar role so he took classes at a local university and read everything that had ever been printed about Pablo Escobar.

Escobar used $2,500 worth of rubber bands a month just to keep his money in bundles and although 10% of his hidden cash was eaten by rats, he lost billions in dollars but that never made a difference in his overall worth. He made so much money that he had to buy a private jet specifically to transport money. It is believed that while on the run, he had to set fire to $2 million just to keep his cold daughter warm... I think I’ve made my point on how rich he was.

 

 

Suits

Every single suit Harvey wears is designed by Tom Ford and he wears up to 10 looks in every episode. The women wear Dior, Victoria Beckham, Prada, Zac Posen and Burberry.

The show was originally called A Legal Mind and if you ever wonder why Harvey and Donna have such amazing chemistry, that’s because they have known each other for over 20 years and it was upon Harvey’s recommendation that Sarah Rafferty got to play Donna.

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Mr Robot Is Watching And So Should You

I was watching an episode of Mr Robot last night and I realised most people (Nigerians) don’t watch the show or don’t even know about it but I’m a good person and I don’t keep good things to myself, hence this post.

 Yeah, I know the title is cheesy but take my word for it that the title is the only cheesy thing about it. Fine, don’t take my word, it has a 98% rating on rotten tomatoes, still not sure? Last time I checked Wikipedia, it has been nominated for 31 awards, and has won multiple awards including ‘Golden Globe for Best Television Drama Series’. In 2016, it received 6 Emmy nominations, including one in the ‘Outstanding drama series’ category.

            Apart from the fact that Rami Malek puts in an outstanding performance as the lead role, it has a really great storyline. The direction on the show is also top notch. The show manages both expectations and suspense expertly, at no point in the show are you really scared of the mortality of the major actors a la Game of Thrones but at the same time you’re not so sure if they are 100% safe. A mere knock on the door in Mr Robot can have the same quality of suspense as that of a character having a gun to his head on another show.

Mr Robot is a drama-thriller television series, created by Sam Esmail. It follows Elliot Anderson a cyber-security engineer at Allsafe who suffers from Social anxiety disorder and clinical depression. He’s a cyber-security engineer by day and a hacker by night. He connects to people by hacking them. He was recruited to join a group of hacktivists called fSociety by a man named Mr Robot to take down the largest corporation in the world, E corp, which happens to be AllSafe most important client. (Wikipedia)

 

“What I’m about to tell you is top secret, a conspiracy bigger than all of us, there’s a powerful group of people out there that are secretly running the world, I’m talking about the guys no one knows about, the guys that are invincible, the top 1% of the top 1%, the guys that play God without permission and now I think they’re following me.” – Elliot

That was the opening line of the opening scene of the pilot and it has gotten amazing since then. I think one of the major selling point of the show is that you don’t know what you think you know. E.g

 

It also sorts of messes with your head and makes you question reality.

 

 

 

 

Sam Esmail does a really great job with this show, especially with the mysteries and how secrets are revealed. 

I’m going to stop now so I don’t post anymore spoilers. Mr Robot is watching and so should you. 

 

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