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Bernard Dayo

15 Dec 2019
Midway into the fourth season of Big Brother Naija, it became clear that Tacha’s fanbase had a ruthless loyalty to the Rivers-born contestant. Tacha was the season’s ‘Dragon Lady,’ her personality so unhinged and unapologetically bold in the house that her fans as well mirror these traits, passed onto them like some kind of osmosis. But…
16 Jun 2019
That Nollywood was founded on horror films is a cold, hard truth. Before the cinema revolution, when consuming local films required one to have a video cassette player, horror filmmaking was fashionable and manifested as femme fatale films (Nneka the Pretty Serpent, Karishika), the occult (Blood Money, Living In Bondage) or even nightmarish Christian horror…
24 Mar 2019
The month of March is Women’s History Month, which commemorates and highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Incidentally, the long list of the Women’s Prize for fiction, an annual, prestigious literary award launched in 1996 as a response to the dearth of women in major prizes, includes three authors…
Dare Olaitan
28 Jan 2019
Dare Olaitain’s second film "Knock Out Blessing" is many things, part thriller and part political commentary. But the most striking element is its range of female characters uplifting the story with their drive, agency and strength. Merging on his first feature film "Ojukokoro" released in 2017, "Knock Out Blessing" has ushered in Olaitan and he…
6 Jan 2019
Which Nigerian music concert did you go for in December? Whichever one, it probably started late or was hamstrung by technical difficulties or had the familiar setting of expensive tables at the front, to show the gulf between the rich and poor. Or, worse still, it had women getting sexually assaulted and harassed and the…
Women offer themselves to be whipped by men in Hamer tribe
9 Dec 2018
The impact of Western civilisation in Africa is enormous and documented, from culture and religion to political structure. But Africa isn’t a country. Some societies and tribes, somehow, have remained unaffected by the reach of civilisation and thus making their dressing, custom, traditions and lifestyle uniquely peculiar. Till date, these tribes in Africa still exist…
11 Nov 2018
Before the evolution of Nollywood around the mid-‘00s, the film industry operated on the blissfully simple method of the home video system. It was the only route for filmmakers to showcase their works, VHS tapes spooled in black casings. Or perhaps you remember them as cassettes and all you needed to have was a television…
19 Aug 2018
Picture this. You are at a wedding reception, taking in the ambience in the gilded hall of a wedding reception. Well-attired, young women drift about in blinged, conspicuous geles in a myriad of textures and colours. The mass conformity of the gele styles is disorienting: the preferencing of the infinity pleats, a style that is…
19 Jun 2018
Per his Wikipedia page, C.J. Obasi grew up watching Hammer horror films and reading Stephen King novels. I didn't tell him that I read Stephen King too, as he emailed me back from the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in Germany. His Afrofuturistic short film Hello, Rain had premiered at the festival, an adaptation of…
22 May 2018
In 2011, Victoria Kimani did a cover of Ice Prince’s 2010 monstrous hit Oleku, which she posted online. Knowing the viral nature of the internet, the clip caught the attention of Chocolate City and the Kenyan pop starlet was later installed as the label's First Lady. They had found, for themselves, an ethereal female vocalist,…
21 Apr 2018
At the beginning of 2018, indigenous rap powerhouse and YNBL boss Olamide released Science Student, his first single of the year that ignited a controversy for its seeming glorification of hard drugs. Catchy and blippy, and full of Olamide's playful lyrical imprints, the rapper had designed Science Student as a social corrective, speaking directly to…

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