What I Thought of 10 Days in Suncity

I have decided to review this movie, not only because it is one of the top grossing movies in the Nigerian film industry, but because it was almost anyone could talk about when it was released in 2017.

10 Days in Suncity is the third installation in the Adventure series of Ayo Makun, Nigeria’s top comedian cum film maker. While this movie has received mixed reactions, the applause has been louder. Was this movie worth the applause it got from viewers? Read further to find out what I think of 10 Days in Suncity.

The storyline for the movie was authentic and relatable. It revolves around a young girl named Bianca (played by Adesuwa Etomi) who is looking to make it big in the beauty world. She has a manager named Akpos (played by Ayo Makun) who is also her lover, and who took her from the obscurity of Warri to partake in a beauty contest organized by Otawi Cosmetics. She wins the pageantry and is whisked away by the CEO of Otawi Cosmetics, Otunba Williams, to Sun City, a resort in South Africa, under the impression of shooting a commercial. His real intention was to lure the girl to bed first by chivalry, and when that did not work, manipulation, bullying and downright violence. Akpos finds himself running against time to save his damsel from the clutches of the predator; this he accomplished with the aid of a man whose girlfriend had also been a victim of Otunba Williams.

The cast was also laudable, seeing as there were a seasoning of Nollywood heavyweights and even a dash of Hollywood B-listers. Bianca was played by Adesuwa Etomi, the most talked about Nigerian actress. Sadly, she did not do much justice to the character she played. Bianca was meant to be an unrefined Warri-bred young girl, but every time Etomi spoke, she fell into her comfortable girl-next-door character.

Akpos, Bianca’s manager and one of the major characters, was played by Ayo Makun himself. He was his usual hilarious self, with his Warri slangs that made me laugh my head off. I think the most hilarious act was when he broke a bottle on the head of an assailant in a typical Waffi (Warri) way.

Otunba Williams was played by Richard Mofe Damijo, popularly known RMD. I must confess that he did justice to the role he played. He was well in character as a rich, dirty older man, who hunts down young girls looking to make it big in the entertainment industry.

There were other appearances like Mercy Johnson, who was her usual over-the-top self, Tu Face Idibia, whose cameo appearance I think was unnecessary, Falz the musician, Alibaba the comedian, and other Hollywood actors.

Cinematography was laudable as well, and the picture quality was A-plus. The scenery did nothing but add to the aesthetic quality of the movie. I was taken on a jolly ride around the Sun City, and it was beautiful, to say the least.

I also like the fact that, there was an infusion of fear in the movie. I was scared for Bianca, while watching the movie and this added an edge-of-the-seat element to an otherwise comedy movie.

However, aside from Akpor’s slangs and the Waffi (Warri) behaviour, there was not much of hilarity in the movie. I found most of the jokes told, to be stale and not laughter-inducing. While the infusion of suspense was commendable, the movie became too serious, where it was only meant to be hilarious.

The only grouse I had with the movie was in its lack of continuity. Seeing as this was a third installation in the Adventure series, I was expecting old faces from 30 Days in Atlanta and A Trip to Jamaica.

In all, it was not a bad attempt from someone who is pretty new in the movie making industry.

Awesome Nigerian Series to Watch

Nigeria’s film industry and entertainment industry is not what it used to be, back in the day. Back then, the movies and television series churned out of Nigeria was beyond appalling, such that Nigerians turned to American television, which nonetheless influenced pop culture in Nigeria.

The story today is quite different, as the Nigerian film industry (Nollywood), has experienced a great overhauling, resulting in improved quality in not just movies, but also television series.

With directors like Omoni Oboli, Mo ABudu, Kunle Afolayan, and producers like Funke Akindele, Nigerian movies and series have experienced higher quality, production and more entertainment.

This article will talk about three popular Nigerian series that has held Nigerians by the jugular and refused to let go.  One has gone on to produce its 2000th episode, and one is in its 10th season.

Here are three awesome Nigerian series to watch:

First on my list is Tinsel. I started watching Tinsel since I just got into the university and now I am done with university, but still hooked on Tinsel. It started airing in 2008 and since then, has been lauded as the most successful television drama on Nigerian television. Plot revolves around two rival companies, ‘Reel’ founded by Fred Ade-Williams and ‘Odyssey’ founded by Brenda. The series is complete with suspense, drama (loads of it), love, backstabbing, betrayal and all the emotions that make you care about a television series.

My favorite character from Tinsel was the delectable Telema Duke, played by the beautiful Damilola Adegbite. Her love triangle with Soji (played by Gbenro Ajibade) and Kwame (played by Chris Attoh), was the highlight of the series, for me. Another favorite character was the daring Brenda Mensah (played by Funlola Aofieyebi), who was a perpetual enemy of Ade-Williams, CEO of one of the rival companies. Brenda was the illegitimate daughter of Ade-Williams and hated her father for a long time for abandoning her. I looked forward to her appearances, not just because of her stellar diction, but also because of her daringness and attitude, like that of a strong Black woman.

Another must-watch Nigerian series is Jenifa’s Diary, produced by the elegant and comedic actress, Funke Akindele, who is also the star of the series. This series tells the story of an illiterate girl, who wanted to make it in Lagos, despite being a crass, uneducated girl. The series chronicles the life of Jenifa (played by Funke Akindele), and in its tenth episode, Jenifa is no longer a naïve, crass girl from a village in Osun state, but she is still uneducated.

A comedy series that is rib-cracking with every episode, Jenifa’s Diary has become a favorite in many households. With addictive characters like Toyo baby (played by Juliana Olabode), Sege (played by Falz, a popular Nigerian musician), Adaku (played by Lolo1 of Wazobia fm, a popular radio station in Nigeria), Jenifas’s Diary has sustained its tempo of entertainment right from the first season until now. Not only that, they have garnered new fans ranging from different age groups.

The third awesome Nigerian series on my list of must-watch is The Johnsons. It is a series that focuses on a Nigerian family based in Lagos and the challenges they face on a daily basis. It is complete with the tricks and treats of a typical Nigerian middle class family.

One of fans’ favorite characters is Efe, which is played by Chinedu Ikedieze, one of Nigeria’s movie stars. Efe is the eldest child of the family, and thrills viewers with his superfluous vocabulary. Another thrilling character is Mr. Johnson, which is played by Nigeria’s comedy actor, Charles Inojie. Mr. Johnson is the head of this hilarious family and thrills viewers with his penny-pinching ways…talk about a typical Nigerian father.

After watching an episode of any of these series, you would have no choice but to agree with me that Nigeria’s film industry has indeed come a long way, and oh, you will held by the jugular too.