Nnedi Okorafor Selected For Triggerfish Story Lab After Africa-wide Search For Storytellers

Triggerfish Animation Studios has selected four features and four TV series for development from the inaugural Triggerfish Story Lab, established with the support of The Department of Trade and Industry and The Walt Disney Company.

“From misfit Zambian girls who become low-budget superhero-super-spies to a stubborn 12-year-old Kenyan girl who defies tradition by racing camels, from a young South African scientist who accidentally turns her annoying little sister into a new source of electricity to a timid lemming who must defy his nature, these are characters we fell in love with,” says Anthony Silverston, head of development at Triggerfish. “We’re excited by the range of stories, that explore everything from contemporary urban to Afro-futuristic worlds. We’re looking forward to bringing something fresh to the screen.”

The feature films selected into the Story Lab are:

The Camel Racer (Wanuri Kahiu and Nnedi Okorafor – Kenya/Nigeria)

Dropped (Ian Tucker – SA)

Lights (Kay Carmichael – SA)

The Wild Waste (Naseem Hoosen – SA)


The TV series selected into the Story Lab are:


Bru and Boegie (Mike Scott – SA)
KC’s Super 4 (Malenga Mulendema – Zambia)

Ninja Princess (Marc Dey and Kelly Dillon – SA)

Wormholes (Lucy Heavens – SA)

The selected storytellers include Nnedi Okorafor, a Nigerian-American World Fantasy Award winning novelist; multi-award-winning Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu; South African YouTube phenomenon Mike Scott, whose music videos for Goldfish have over 12m views; and Lucy Heavens, one of the writers on the breakout South African animation hit Supa Strikas, which is broadcast in 120 countries around the world.

The Story Lab received a whopping 1 378 entries from 30 countries across Africa. 23 features and 14 TV series were shortlisted and developed over a two-week intensive workshop in Cape Town in November 2015 with Orion Ross, Vice President of Content – Animation, Digital and Acquisitions Disney Channels EMEA, and leading Hollywood script consultant Pilar Alessandra, author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter.

“It was impressive to see how much all the projects had improved after the workshop,” says Orion. “Clearly the Story Lab was doing something right, and it must have been incredibly difficult to pick just a few projects to move forward.”

The shortlist was then evaluated by an expert panel that included Peter Lord, the British director of international blockbusters like Chicken Run and The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists; Hollywood writers Kiel Murray (Cars) and Jonathan Roberts (The Lion King); and a panel of development executives from both the London and Los Angeles offices of The Walt Disney Company, as well as South African comedian David Kau, screenwriter Paul Ian Johnson, and Triggerfish’s development team of Anthony Silverston, Wayne Thornley and Raffaella Delle Donne.

“I loved the opportunity to review this material,” says Gary French, Senior Vice-president/Co-head, Production: ABC Studios. “There’s a lot of great talent here.”

Triggerfish had planned to select three projects for film and TV respectively, but increased this to four for each due to the quality of the projects.

“Story Lab exceeded our expectations at every turn, from the number of entries to the quality of the projects to the way they improved dramatically during the two-week intensive with Pilar and Orion,” says Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest. “Narrowing it down to eight projects was difficult enough; narrowing it down to six would have been almost impossible.”

The selected storytellers will start the new year with a two-week immersion trip to Disney’s headquarters in Burbank, California, where they will receive mentoring from key studio and television executives.

Triggerfish will be investing up to R44m ($2.8m) over the next three years in The Story Lab. The development process can take a number of years. For each phase of development, Triggerfish will provide financial support, workspace, and expert guidance by internal and international consultants and mentors, as well as a route to market through top-tier relationships with leading Hollywood agency William Morris Endeavor.

Animation has proven to be a successful medium for South African films to travel internationally, with Triggerfish’s films Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba being distributed in over 150 countries and dubbed into over 27 languages.

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Joe, Mavins, Tuface, Others Storm Kaduna For Maiden Kaduna Annual Music Festival #KADAMFEST

International R&B singer, Joe Thomas; Indigenous artists like Tuface Idibia, MI (Mr. Incredible), The Mavins Crew, Davido and many others will on December 12 storm Kaduna for the maiden edition of the Annual Kaduna Music Festival, (KADAMFEST).

The event, which is been sponsored by Sterling Bank, Zenith Bank, Etisalat, and IHS Telecom among many others, will be held at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on the 12th and 13th of December 2015.

The event is organised by the Kaduna State government to creat an avenue for residents of the state and beyond to have fun, socialise and enjoy especially at this period of festivities.

Aside Joe, Tuface and the Mavins, other artist expected to perform live at the music festival include Wande Coal, Flavour, Wizkid, DJ Jimmy Jatt, 9ice, Olu Maintain and many more will be at the event.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai and other top government functionaries will also grace the festival.

Tickets for the 2 day event which also admits to the events after party are available in different categories. The Regular ticket goes N500,00, while the VIP and VVIP tickets goes for N10,000 and N50,000 respectively.

Inquiries can be directed to any of the telephone number 09084108604, 07058637509, 08165110829 or the KADAMFEST twitter account,.

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Attend Spanfest 2015, The Biggest Performing Arts Festival In Lagos

Lovers of Dance, Music and Drama this is your moment!

The Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria, SPAN presents its performing arts Festival called SPANFEST 2015! SPANFEST will host workshops and events using various tools of the performing arts including Dance, Music, Spoken Word, Visual art, Theatre and Comedy.

The festival theme is titled: Voice of the Voiceless. SPANFEST 2015 will be filled with memorable breathtaking Music, Dance and Drama events, as our Community’s voice is revealed through the voices of its dancers, musicians, actors, poets and visual artists. The four performance nights showcasing the diversity and richness of our culture and heritage. The grande finale will be a family community experience starting with our SPAN academy graduation ceremony and closing with “Voice of the Voiceless”; a final performing art production gathering 200 dancers, musicians, and actors on one stage.


  • Monday 16th November 2015: Movements in Moments

A pioneering 5 stage show where a Violinist, Poet, Comedian, Singer & Dancer perform simultaneously while painters create masterpieces.

Venue: The Ocean View Marquee, Victoria Island, Time: 7- 9pm, Register Here: http://bit.ly/SPANfest-moments

  • Tuesday 17th November 2015: Speechless – A Musical Adventure

An adventure through jazz with famous guest artists, Tee Mac, Bright Gain, Jerry Omole, and Olufunmi taking us on an unforgettable journey of love for music and sounds.

Venue: The Ocean View Marque, Victoria Island. Time: 7- 9pm Register Here: http://bit.ly/SPANfest-speechless

  • 18th November 2015: Hear Word!

HEAR WORD! An exhilarating and thought provoking performing art production of Ifeoma Fafunwa. The production combines artistry, social commentary and true-life stories of inequality and transformation, delivered by Nigeria’s talented actresses Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw, Bimbo Akintola, Omonor, Elvina Ibru, Ufuoma McDermott, Zara Udofia, Lala Akindoju, Rita Edward, Debbie Ohiri and Odenike.

Venue: The Ocean View Marquee, Victoria Island, Time: 7 – 9pm, Register Here: http://bit.ly/SPANfest-word

  • 21st November 2015: The Era (Era of Legends)

This amazing dance concert featuring legends from within our community will leave the audience breathless and thoroughly entertained. Venue: The Ocean View Marque, Victoria Island. Time: 7 – 9 pm. Register Here: http://bit.ly/SPANfest-ldc

  • 22nd November 2015: Grand Finale – Voice of the Voiceless

A performing art piece of Music, Dance & Drama. The gifted performances of our artists who have decided to speak for us …their art become our voice…. the voice of our community! Venue: Grand Ballroom Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island. Time: 5pm. Register Here: http://bit.ly/SPANfest-event

For more information, please contact: Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN)
0805 711 1989,
www.spanigeria.org, Follow Us on Social – Twitter: @spanigeria IG: @officialspanigeria 

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Ajakaye Again Dedicates Campaign Song To Prince Audu Abubakar Of Kogi State

Ajakaye who is known for inspiring and canvassing supporters to vote credible and candidates with integrity during election with songs is back at it again after the hit for the president before the 2015 presidential election SAI BUHARI He is back with this nice tune for the people’s choice prince Audu Abubakar the APC gubernatorial candidate for kogi state titled Audu Abubakar

You might be wondering why he thinks Audu is the right choice for kogi state, but according to ajakaye he has been to several part of the state and have seen how people are suffering and complaining of the present administration and also have heard from people and friends in the state who have promise to vote prince Audu Abubakar their reasons being that he is one of the best governor they ever had according to them and that during his past tenure things were better than now

Ajakaye said he is involve in music for politics because of his theory about Nigerian Government that if there exist a government and they don’t do in favour of the poor masses there is always an option to vote them out and bring in a new one and if the new one do the same you keeping voting out until God answers us

Here words from @Ajakaye1
‘’ if them our leaders do the right thing I bet you Nigeria will be the best place to live but because some of them don’t really care about us that’s why things are the way we see them for me am being a patriotic citizen of the country and that’s why am using my music to voice out my feeling because what concerns you concerns me PLEASE I urge us always to look out for credible leader who will feel what we feel and understand what we need it is not all about collecting money and voting SHINE YOUR EYE MY KOGI PEOPLE GAA (Governor Audu Abubakar ) is the man mehn!!! ‘’

Download song below

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Jeffrey Emerges Winner Of 2015 MTN Project Fame

18-yr-old Jeffrey Akoh has emerged the 2015 MTN Project Fame winner.

The young talent won 5 other finalists to emerge the winner of the 8th season of MTN Project Fame.

Jeff is a Sound Engineering graduate from the SAE Institute, Cape Town and has consistently wowed judges and the audience by going all the way in each of his performances. He joins the likes of Iyanya, iMike, Ayoola, Chidinma, Monica, Olawale and Geoffrey as a Project Fame superstar.

Third runner up in the competition was Ada, with second runner up being Anderson and Pearl being the first runner up.

His musical influencers are Chris Brown, Lawrence Flowers, and Kim Burrell. Jeff receives the grand prize of N5 million, an SUV and a recording contract.

Pearl Olanma Awa-Agwu secured a 2nd place finish, she receives a car and N3 million. Anderson Emmanuel Amos finished in 3rd place, he gets a car and N1 million. In 4th place was Adanoritsewo “Ada” Gold Tosanwumi and she receives a N1 million prize.

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P. Diddy Emerges Forbes Top Earning Rapper, Beats Jay-Z, Drake

Forbes, Tuesday released its annual list of top earners in the entertainment industry with Diddy — whose real name is Sean Combs coming tops as the world most earning rapper, raking in $60 million from June 2014 to June 2015.

Despite having no current album, though he is said rto be putting finishing touches to releasing one soon, Diddy defeated Jay-Z and drake to clinch the top position.

His earnings come mostly through his business projects, especially his venture selling French-made Ciroc liquor, the wealth magazine said.

Diddy rarely performs and last released an album, “Last Train to Paris,” in 2010.

But Gizzle, an artist signed to his label, recently told the Rap-Up website that Diddy was working on a sequel to his debut 1997 work “No Way Out.”

“No Way Out 2” would be the final album from Diddy, Gizzle said.

Another rapper turned mogul, Jay Z, was close behind at number two by raking in an estimated $56 million, Forbes said.

Jay Z put on a series of sold-out arena shows with his wife Beyonce and has earned money through assets such as Armand de Brignac, a champagne that he bought last year.

Canadian rapper and Apple collaborator Drake came in third at $39.5 million, with Forbes estimating that he earned $1 million per show.

Drake is the only artist to go platinum in the United States, or sell more than one million copies, with an album released this year — the mixtape “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.”

Drake released a new mixtape, “What a Time To Be Alive,” with fellow rapper

Future late Sunday, with Billboard magazine expecting the work to top the latest album chart.

In 2013-14, Forbes said that Dr. Dre topped the list — and set the record for an entertainer of any genre in a year — by earning $620 million.

Dr. Dre had sold Beats, the company he co-founded that is best-known for headphones, to Apple, where he has taken on a corporate role.

Forbes estimated that he came fourth in 2014-15 with $33 million in earnings.

Dr. Dre last month released “Compton,” which he has described as his final album, to accompany the blockbuster film “Straight Outta Compton” about his former band N.W.A.

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Kelly Hansome To Unveil Books And Youth Empowerment Programmes

With ups and downs; good, bad and ugly things said about Orji Kelechi Obinna [aka] Kelly Hansome, the Eziobodo, Owerri West LGA of Imo State born singer cum music producer is still kicking. Kelly Hansome who has been described as one of the greatest talents to emerge from Nigeria is not giving up on what he has been called to do.

In this interview with CHINEDU HARDY NWADIKE, he bares his mind on the struggles of the days before his glory, the challenges and the plans to get Kelly Hansome back to where he belongs as the king of Afropop in Nigeria.



What were you called before the invention of Kelly Hansome?

Kelly Hans


Why make it up to Hansome?

Kelly Hansome as a name was actually born in Madonna University right after I was called Madonna Michael Jackson, because I used to perform Michael Jackson’s songs back then in Madonna University and even won several dance competitions outside the school. At a point I didn’t want to keep singing and performing other people’s songs. I wanted to sing and dance to my own songs, written and produced by me and that was how the name became popular.

The Hansome part of it came from my dad’s name ‘Mr Emma Hans’ as he is popularly called by friends.


How did your dancing career begin?

It was Michael Jackson from nursery school to my primary school. When I started playing the school organ from primary 4, it changed to ‘The Boy’. Then came ‘Orshi’ generated from my surname. Orshi was actually started by a friend called Arab and then Ifeanyi Nwude, Ogbonna Njoku and everyone else just took it from there. We were very close friends who studied and attended ‘Mgbaratu’ [parties] together. From Kelly Hans, to Madonna Michael Jackson, to Kelly Hansome. My parents still call me Kelechi.

I started dancing at a very tender age. I always won a price dancing at birthday parties. One day Uncle Sunny, one of my neighbors who loved me so much took me to a dance competition and I won. That was actually how I became popular in school because many of my school and class mates were there. After then I was asked by the school to perform at our PTA [Parents Teachers Association] end of the year party and ‘I killed it’. That was it. I danced all the way to Madonna University and even my first album had videos where I did ‘break dance’.


What does Madonna University remind you?

When I hear Madonna University, I remember the conscious efforts made by my parents to have me concentrate on my education. I remember learning how to manage money, my provisions and all. I remember getting into trouble in Madonna University because I wrote a petition to the school authority to allow us have performances once in a while since we had no social life and it was initially misinterpreted but I had to make that speech that had everyone clapping and hence it gave birth to recreational activities in the school.

For the first time, the Chancellor approved our performances on the eve of every matriculation and convocation day and so on.

I remember the discipline the school installed in me, waking up early, compulsory exercises and jogging.

It was a lovely experience which we did not appreciate while we were in campus because we felt the conditions in school were too harsh; but trust me, now that we have passed out, we appreciate it the most. It was a wonderful experience indeed.


The music journey from Madonna University

I had a record label then with 5 artistes:  the Kindreds, a group of three rappers who loved Wutang Clan; Double O; The Legends, with Rex Idaminabo, Goddy Idaminabo and one other guy and Onyinye [aka] Oniel James who was dating my friend Obiora back then.

We were the best thing that was happening in school. I also had dancers who performed with me like Sammy Wine (Madonna Usher) and we always took permission to go out of school during weekends to record songs at Harida’s studio. Because I had a deal with his dad on studio sessions,

I produced and managed these acts and got them booked to perform in different parties and shows, outside school.


How did your Madonna days end?

I got a deal and left. So many people rumored that I was expelled but that’s nowhere near the truth. I am still in very good terms with Father Edeh who mentored, monitored and advised me on several occasions.

School was fun, I gained lots of experiences while working with my team until I left. Before I left, I handed the mantle over to another guy [Chuks Areh] who was coming up strongly as the next Michael Jackson and I zoomed off to Lagos to look for a record deal.


Did leaving school bring trouble between you and your parents?

The decision to leave school and move to Lagos brought a very big issue between my Dad and I because he didn’t understand how such a brilliant son of his (actually his first son) could leave a private school to Lagos in the name of music. I started off working as a producer from studio to studio, sleeping in the streets because I initially had nowhere to stay until I went to stay with the Onojas who are still very close family friends of ours till date.

It was a tough experience, I lack words to describe my ordeal on the streets. I literally met the streets, she fell in love with me and we dated. I learned more in the streets than in any institution I had attended but that doesn’t mean education isn’t important or wasn’t beneficial to me. It totally was.

I met Blackface and he took me in and I started running the first blackface’s official studio – Loud Houz Studios with the help of AYK and Tuebaa in Festac town. I later got employed as a studio engineer for Myke Records which led to a production deal that gave birth to several songs from artistes under the label like Freewinds, Bumpa Clash, Mamuzee and Zyon, amongst others.

I got signed on after the CEO Evangelist Myke Ikoku heard my songs. I dropped my second album, ‘Simply Kelly’ and made a couple hits in the South East but it wasn’t nationwide until I recorded ‘Maga Don Pay’.

This is just a summary, it’s a long story.


How did your first hit come?

I made the first hit before Kennis promoted it. I printed the first one thousand copies all by myself with Richez as my marketer. It was already everywhere but I didn’t have a video until I signed with Kennis. They did a great job in pushing the whole thing down to other African countries and even inside Los Angeles and other American States largely populated by Africans.


Do you deserve signing on for Kennis?

I really deserved the deal because it was a dream come true. It was actually after I had promoted it and it became popular in Nigeria that I left the country to resume my studies but then came the deal.


Do you think kennis showed you the world in your dreams?

We hadn’t even started the big plans we had before issues arose. The album we made in some local studio went international, sold over a million copies. Some bullion van of money came and then came a little disagreements here and there which we would have settled amicably but a whole lot of people were threatened by the sudden positive turnout of events and hence the ‘Rise Of Kelly Hansome’. They started putting things in different ears, accusations flew around, the misunderstandings grew stronger, angry words that should have been unsaid poured out, but for some reasons we just couldn’t hold the business bond together, even though we still maintained a cordial relationship till date.

The actual issues are simple but for the sake of confidentiality, I will not share the details because it will only be my own view no matter how you look at it. We have settled and left it within and behind us for good and so should it remain.


Why did it take long to settle with Kennis?

It took so long because the media took sides instead of mediating professionally as supposed. It became a messy face off and off course you know how it goes.

I was also way younger and less experienced in dealing with such corporate issues than I am right now, so it was just a lesson for me and I don’t regret any part of the experience. I have learned to overlook certain things and move on.


Did your fame favour people around you?

I had barely made it off the streets to carry anyone along but a whole lot of people especially artistes benefitted from the connection.

I cannot begin to mention names for some reasons, but trust me, even Jesus who gave his life is still not appreciated by some of the people he died to save. It’s only natural for people to say that I didn’t help anyone and of course I am human. I can’t help everybody no matter how much I would love to and moreover in life, you have to stand on your feet before you can start helping people.


Are there things you would have done better now?

I don’t think I would have done anything better because I didn’t know better then. We can only talk about the future and not the past. I have no regrets so far because my only regret was not finishing school but I am done now and there is nothing to worry about on that side.

A man is not judged by his experience but by what he does with them


People say Kennis ghost is still hunting you

I don’t see ghosts. I am a mere mortal but of course I don’t know what I am going to do when I see one. I believe that everyone has moved on. I personally have.

We all are human, nobody is perfect. I used to hold grudges back then but when I think about it now, I just smile because some of those things now look childish to me.

Once you’re a celebrity, certain things about you go public and hence public opinion and judgments follow suit but nobody is perfect including the celebrities.


What’s next for you?

I have a lot of projects coming up but this time I will not talk about them till they are ready to go public. Youth empowerment via Education is one of them and my next album is also in progress.

I have a new single dropping soon titled ‘Akunatakasi’ and a song featuring an American rapper from Philadelphia in the pipeline. Right now, talking is not on my agenda, I will let my work speak henceforth.


Can your experience be used to inspire younger artistes?

Of course yes, a whole lot. I have written about 3 books to that effect and trust me, as usual the books will make a huge inevitable positive impact on the younger generation and generations yet unborn. My books are simply blueprints. It’s an honest and blunt timeless intellectual masterpiece that will be celebrated hundreds of decades even after I am gone. Some of these books will be turned into movies with highly contagious positive messages and energy capable of illuminating and setting so many minds free intellectually.


Will you still go back to Owerri to support younger artistes?

I have been doing that and I won’t stop.


Do you think the public know the real Kelly Hansome?

No they don’t. They know the person in the media, which is obviously not the real me. It’s like seeing Super Man in real life, you would expect him to fly and save people right? People have been mentally programmed by the creators of the movie to see him that way.


Does this arrogance the media painted of you affect you in anyway?

It used to affect me a little bit because sometimes you can’t stand people having a weird impression of you especially when they act a certain way towards you as a result of what the media had programmd in their minds. That was then, but not now, not anymore.


To young people being approached by labels and those doing music

All I have to say is decide where you want to be in life and don’t stop till you get there.

Secondly, don’t drop out of school because you want to pursue a career. You need all the education you can get, trust me.

Thirdly, it’s not an easy road, prepare for the worst but hope for the best. Whosoever told you it’s an easy road lied to you.

Fourthly, don’t hate what you want to become, support anyone who is doing well and believe in yourself. Nobody can stop your shine. It’s not how far but how well.

Lastly, you have to know your role and the role of God and the devil. Give unto Caesar what belongs to him and unto God what belongs to him. Do not give God what belongs to Caesar and vice versa.


Kelly was in many scandals then but none with women why?

[Laughs] Well like I said earlier, I am not perfect but just favored. It so pleases God, the great architect of the universe in whose hands we are but pencils.


Any relationships or wedding bell

No comment.

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2face Begs D’Banj And Don Jazzy To Come Back Together

On Sunday night at his Fortyfied concert, music legend 2face Idibia pleaded with D’banj and his estranged partner Don Jazzy to consider reuniting with a view to treat their fans to something better.

2face begged them in the name of God, to do just one more song together. This happened right after D’banj had performed a song he did with 2face ‘I’m Feeling Good’ which was produced by Don Jazzy.

Apparently impressed by the output, 2face told both of them openly:

“Don Jazzy and D’banj, abeg make una do one more song, just one. I take God beg una.”

D’banj responded saying: “Sure! It’s going to happen”.

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How 2face Idibia Made His First N10,000 [Plus Video]

He now charges millions, he now controls huge investments and can boast mouthwatering endorsement deals but did you know that 2face’s first professional earning was a sum of N10,000?

This is absolutely a fact as the Hypertek boss who celebrates his 40th birthday in a couple of days recently disclosed to NET that the first amount he earned with Plantashun Boiz was 10k.

It should however be noted that the 10k was for the entire group which includes Blackface and Faze. So technically, 2face must have gotten a little above N3,000 as his first professional fee.

The money was earned at the Rothmans Groove in 1998 and thankfully, Plantashun Boiz performed at 31 shows at 10k per gig.

They money they got paid according to 2face was invested into the production of their album as well as the acquisition of cloths to fit into their new status as the emerging Boys 2 Men of the Nigerian music industry.

As a responsible son that he was, he also took a share home to his surprised parents Unfortunately, the money couldn’t buy a car, as lamented by the Jos born music star.

Watch how 2face made the revelation in a this hilarious tell it all moment……


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Movie Review: Onyeka Nwelue Reviews Stephanie Oekereke-Linus Movie, ‘DRY

At the closing of NollywoodWeek Paris on the 7th of June, 2015, I saw Stephanie Linus’s Dry, which begins with Zara Robbins receiving an award at an event, where her adopted mother is present. Her mother is white. If you paid attention to details in the film, you will still not quickly understand how a white woman’s child should have a black skin. This is why every detail in the film is important.

Dry is not really about Dr. Zara. It is about Halima (played by Zubaida Ibrahim Fagge), who is 13 years old and is married off to Sani (Tijani Faraga), a 60 year old man, who constantly rapes her. Immediately after the traditional rites, Sani rapes Halima. She wakes up the next morning and says to one of her co-wives: “Uncle bit me. My body is paining me.” Halima gets pregnant and suffers Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF), after child delivery. Now, we see her abandoned by her husband and her own father and overly discriminated by the society. They say she smells. They throw things at her in the market. They say she disgusts them. Her co-wives want her out. She is thrown out by her husband and his mother.  This is when Zara Robbins (played by Stephanie Linus) comes into the picture.

For the most part, Dry is excellently made; if the script was different from the actualized story, then it is well understood. Throughout the film, we are transported back and forth: Nigeria and England. The filmmakers may not have known, but an anthropological find shows that these scenes were shot in the countrysides. However, one is overly penury-stricken. And those are the ones in Nigeria, where we are waiting to receive Zara Robbins, whose mother should have made the journey, but for ill-health, she couldn’t; she is worried that over 1,000 women’s lives are dependent on her, so Zara has to come in even though she doesn’t want to go, for so many reasons that she carrying an internal wound from her past, which takes her to a shrink.

Zara Robbins travels to Nigeria, for so many reasons. On her journey to find Madam Kojo, who sold her daughter, we are presented with details, almost unknown to the world? The questions come: what is VVF? How many women have VVF? How does it happen? How do you cure it? And then, where could Zara’s child be? No matter how you may want to summarise it, that Dry is a propagandist work, it is a beautifully stitched story about humanity. It drags you through the facades of beauty; it takes you on a walk through the surface of imperialism. This is because we are presented with a hard truth about child marriage; it sounds funny, as those parts add to the humour of the film, but Linus has been able to create unforgettable characters, stapled with a storyline that, at once, amazes and truncates you. When we see Halima being married off to a very old man, many times her age, we are stunned. We laugh, but what we feel inside is stronger than what we show on the surface.

Dry is masterly orchestrated. The more you watch, the more you want to know what happens to the characters. There is absolutely nothing the film lacks. Those who don’t like it, do so at their peril. Its cinematography is beautifully patterned and like a journey too far to do, the audience will find themselves longing for the salvation of Halima.

Liz Benson returns to the screen in this film as The Matron, making a short stellar performance as a doctor. We see her drinking tea once she is shown. Her diction is still the same from old projects. Would Liz Benson as a person change? Would there be a time when she will become something else that she is not supposed to be? Obviously, not now. If there was stereotype, the moment we see Klint da Drunk as Dr. Mutanga, we know something funny would come out. This is after we see the mild, less humourous Dr. Londi. Infact, the beauty of Dry is its characterization. No matter how many numerous they are, they are well-created, well-developed and they all add to the story.

Not to undermine the hardwork of Linus who happens to be the writer, producer and director, Dry would have been a better film if Linus was directed. Sometimes, you could feel that she is being conscious of her character and what the character has to say. Sometimes, she flows into the character; sometimes, she doesn’t. If she hadn’t directed the film, she would have realized too quickly that there was a mistake when the lady at the hospital gives a form to Halima and her co-wife who brings her to the hospital for treatment, responds: “You can’t read and write?” They speak impeccable English! How they can’t read and write is so magical and illogical. If a filmmaker’s dream is to take his/her work internationally, what he/she has to do, is to pay attention to details, mostly, language. Linus might have succeeded in executing the project, but maybe, the characters would have communicated well in Hausa or whatever language they are bound to speak. Seeing these Hausa characters meddle in English, at home, was very unreal. If that’s the only issue I have with the film, then there is really no problem with Dry. It is taut and every scene adds to the story.

We can’t argue the genius of Linus. She presents us with facts and figures. She makes it deliberate, but we don’t see the film turning into a propagandist project. It sails through as a work of art, able to make sense and educate in ways that are beguiling and informative. Only that at the end, you want to continue moving with Zara, to know what happens with her and Alex, her boyfriend, whose proposal plan was squashed when Zara finds a ring in the drawer of his dining room. She feigns a call from the mother and runs out on him before a candle-lit dinner.

Dry is funny and at the same time, sad. But it is a story we will all like for the beauty of its storytelling.

Onyeka Nwelue is an Assistant Professor of African Literature at the University of Manipur, Imphal and Visiting Lecturer of African Studies at the University of Hong Kong. 

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Don Jazzy And Mavins Set To Port To Glo In Multi-Million Naira Deal

In a move set to rock the corporate and entertainment world, Don Jazzy and the Mavins look set to ‘port’ from MTN to Nigerian-owned telecommunications giant, Globacom.The audacious move comes just months before the contract of Nigeria’s foremost producer is due for renewal with MTN.

According to a source close to negotiations, news of Don Jazzy’s availability came up just as Globacom was preparing offers to add Mavin’s rising musicians Di’Ja, Reekado Banks and Korede Bello to their fold of brand ambassadors.

The source added that not only is Glo eager to sign the young ones all at once, they are determined to break the bank by also offering a record -breaking deal to the Mavin Records CEO.

Don Jazzy, who currently has just two months to run on his MTN deal, recently broke the internet with news of his signing with online retail giant, Konga. He is considered an overlord of social media influencers and played an active role in creating awareness for the APC in the just concluded elections.

Although the other Mavin acts – Tiwa Savage, Dr. Sid, D’Prince – all have individual deals with MTN, any move to GLO by the head honcho would most likely result in a mass exodus which would hit the South African Telco hard.

The younger younger trio were signed to Mavin Records a year ago and have already planted their feet firmly in the Nigerian music industry, with hit solo songs and hit collaborations.

Sierra-Leonean-Nigerian Hadiza Blell (Di’Ja) is the sonorous voice behind the love song, Awww. Her music career started off with relative acclaim in Canada before she moved back to Nigeria in what has turned out to be a most lucrative decision: joining Mavin Records.

Korede Bello, consistently sets the hearts of his female fans racing with songs like African Prince and Cold Outside. He also has an endorsement deal with Woodin under his belt.

Reekado Banks, hailed by many for not just his good voice but his street cred, is best known for his song, Chop Am. The recent graduate of the University of Lagos is a favourite amongst young Nigerians.

All efforts to get a statement from Mavin Records PR proved abortive as they declined to comment as at the time of publication.


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Tonto Dikeh Offers N1m to Anyone Who Knows the Meaning of ‘Poko’

Controversial actress, Tonto Dikeh has shown the other side of herself again by offering to give out one million Naira to anyone that tells her the meaning of her nickname, Poko.

Tonto is known to answer the nickname. Her Hummer H2 number plate is also customised with ‘Poko’.

The Ikwerre, River State-born actress announced yesterday her intention to give out the money. She tweeted, “Anyone who decodes what Poko is, I’ll give a million bucks (Naira). If you do get it correctly, you’ll have to prove it’s source. Because my Poko means a lot to me. #POKO.”

While some doubted her earlier tweet, Tonto later tweeted to confirm her intention to give out the one million Naira. She affirmed with this tweet, “I f*cking say what I mean. I said I’ll fly in a fan, I did. I said 1million (Naira) on Poko. And I’m serious. #POKO#.”

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