Do you know that, there is an elite squad of Nigerian soldiers, similar to the Navy Seal of the United States? They are a team of 12 men. They have carried out classified missions that no one really talks about, in cooperation with the SSS and CID. Most of their assignments are unknown, but the results are almost perfect.
Rumors have it that, they orchestrated Abacha’s death and many rescue operations. The files containing the details of their operations are hidden somewhere in Ogun state. This special unit are changed every 7 years and members, sent out to different countries for the rest of their lives, alongside their immediate nuclear families to keep their secret safe. Well, until now. Due to the recent economic changes, the Nigerian government hasn’t lived up to it’s promise to take care of these men and they are speaking out, In a recent……….
Everything you read above is a lie (don’t freak out, stay with me), but somewhere at the back or maybe front of your head, it feels good (up until the economic side of the story). You know, the idea that your nation actually has classified documents, sounds like something straight out of 24 (the TV series). To come to terms with that fact that we have some super soldiers lurking somewhere in the shadows, ready to pounce on huge enemies and disappear like ninjas without a trace, I don’t know about you, but that sh*t makes me proud of Naija, except that in this case we only made it up, but wait, what if there is a possibility of having such group of soldiers? or maybe the government can actually create one: This brings me to why I wrote this piece (so go grab a pop corn and some Zobo…or Kwunu).
American Soldiers are seen as super humans, like real super humans, and I believed that story until I moved here (fact is, most americans believe that too). Did you ever see the movie sniper?, My Iraq friend told me the Iraq sniper was way more talented and the story as we saw it, didn’t unfold that way(Well,we might never know). I have at least two veteran friends and to hear of horror stories that happen at the war front, you will find it hard to accept that a bullet can actually kill an American Soldier, So why Did I have that perception , and where was it formed?….Ahaaaa, Movies. I have seen more American films praising their soldiers than one actually discussing the bad stuff and somehow I formed the idea that these people are immortals. Same stroke goes for any other aspect of american culture, people worship at the alters of star wars, and literally build their lives around it, when people feel like doing any hard task, once in a while they reference a movie quote and sometimes it works for them.
I once asked a 16 year old what could possibly be the cause of a broken marriage and she proudly told me, mother in-law or people from the village. While she might be right, she’s many years from getting married but that idea has formed that her mother in-law (might) will be the enemy or perhaps someone from her village, and how did she know that?
Now let’s talk Nollywood, I have never seen a witch in my life or a bird turn to a human, but somehow I think they exist. From the things I gathered from Nollywood movies, one goes mad immediately after confession( although I have never seen this in person, somewhere at the back of my mind, I have seen so many movies that I have accepted that as a norm. ) I once asked a 16 year old what could possibly be the cause of a broken marriage and she proudly told me, mother in-law or people from the village. While she might be right, she’s many years from getting married , but that idea has formed that her mother in-law (might) will be the enemy or perhaps someone from her village, and how did she know that?.. you guessed right. Our movies
In Nigeria, our problem is more mental than physical. A recent study showed that an average IQ of a Nigerian is about 65(unconfirmed). On the ICD classification , is regarded as a moron.
As a doctor turned Film maker, I figured out that human beings responds to nature according to their state of minds. Religion,Politics,
In Nigeria, our problem is more mental than physical. A recent study showed that an average IQ of a Nigerian is about 65(unconfirmed). On the ICD classification , is regarded as a moron. More than half us seek for what to believe in and since the government has failed, our only resort is religion ( not God) .. And in many instance have proved inadequate to salvage the situation. What can save us ? I believe Art has the answer. Yes I said Art and only a specific form of it. Literally every other form of art has failed ( take a good listen to our music). I’m uncertain if there’s a painter left amongst us. But we have one solution left …Story telling, in the form of film.
It has the ability to change the way people perceive things. people respond more to what they see, they tend not to forget it , even when it’s gone. E.g….let’s say 15 filmmakers tell the story from the first paragraph of this post or maybe a tale on altruisim (which of course I know there are countless stories) . I’m so sure it will spur one or two youths to join the academy to become that hero they have seen. This is the same reason why people worship at the alter of Star Wars, game of thrones , kids adore spider man , super man and so on…..at the end , people only want things to believe in, and fellow filmmakers , we have the tool , whether you are here or back home . I’m worn tired of watching these moralistic , good or bad tales dressed in stupid romance that is unrealistic. We have so many untold stories , let’s tell those that inspire , stories that kids will see and wish to be like the lead character , stories that are true. Hollywood is imploding and we are the next big deal, let’s make our time count, this is purely my opinion and I jwe can transform this nation, ONE FILM AT A TIME.