Curious about Nollywood USA movies

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takestyle

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Funny thing is, there was one time, when I was growing up, that is was cooler to be considered more "away" then Nigerian.... Now? I don't like it. Even though I know it is possibly true. I want to be considered fully Naija! Or 9ja!
Yep!

(I don't know about that 9ja stuff, though.. You know how I feel about the current Nigerian vogue for textspeak...)
 
It just means, like me and TS, you are too akata, away, butta and are not a big longer a part of the Nigerian-American experience.... Even here, FM complains that my pidgen is poor. TS almost never writes in pidgen or a native tongue... You, who knows...

Funny thing is, there was one time, when I was growing up, that was cooler to be considered more "away" then Nigerian.... Now? I don't like it. Even though I know it is possibly true. I want to be considered fully Naija! Or 9ja! But then I see a Nollywood film or hear a slang I have never heard, or can't sing along with a popular song from a Nigerian artist, I realize I am a fraud.... Maybe that's why I hang out here so much... To keep in touch with my Nigerian side.... Keep it alive....

Anyway, this "awareness" makes me realize that I am not Nollywood USA's target audience. And I guess, I am ok with that... For now.....


And I just kidding about the butta part, since you are very razz....
Hmmm! That is a lot to think about for sure. I have not been home in a while, so I guess I should be prepared for a shock!

Who you calling RAZZ??? I am definitely eloping with TS!!!:devil
 

takestyle

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Hey sidney... Here's another interesting dislocation of the Nigerian-American experience:

Do your Nigerian people constantly tell you how American you sound, but you don't know a single American who thinks you sound anything other than "African"?
 

sidney

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Hey sidney... Here's another interesting dislocation of the Nigerian-American experience:

Do your Nigerian people constantly tell you how American you sound, but you don't know a single American who thinks you sound anything other than "African"?
YES!! The thing that irritates me is when Americans ask where am I from, and when I tell them, they say

"I thought so! I thought I heard a Nigerian accent!"....

Er, no you didn't... You just heard a non African American, non Anglo, non Jamaican or West Indian, non British accent and couldn't place it....

Although recently I have been practicing both and both are getting better....
 
Hey sidney... Here's another interesting dislocation of the Nigerian-American experience:

Do your Nigerian people constantly tell you how American you sound, but you don't know a single American who thinks you sound anything other than "African"?
Yup, that happened to me just last week. I find it astonishing because I don't think I sound anything other than Naija to the core. Honestly!!
 

takestyle

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YES!! The thing that irritates me is when Americans ask where am I from, and when I tell them, they say

"I thought so! I thought I heard a Nigerian accent!"....

Er, no you didn't... You just heard a non African American, non Anglo, non Jamaican or West Indian, non British accent and couldn't place it....
LOL you know?

See... These anecdotes we're trading here could actually be fodder for a pretty solid "Nollywood USA" movie, but I just don't see most of the current practitioners digging this deep (and it's not like we're even really digging).
 

sidney

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LOL you know?

See... These anecdotes we're trading here could actually be fodder for a pretty solid "Nollywood USA" movie, but I just don't see most of the current practitioners digging this deep (and it's not like we're even really digging).
Excellent point!

But do you think the typical target audience would appreciate it? Our actual experiences might differ. They may not hear that their pidgin is bad or they can't speak their language properly. You know... So this type of fodder may be missed or not come to them as something to include...
 

takestyle

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Excellent point!

But do you think the typical target audience would appreciate it? Our actual experiences might differ. They may not hear that their pidgin is bad or they can't speak their language properly. You know... So this type of fodder may be missed or not come to them as something to include...
If it were well-told, I don't see why they wouldn't appreciate it... even if they didn't necessarily identify with it (though I am sure that many would).

For me, I'm just looking for more of that *texture* of real life as opposed to formulaic scenarios like trying to get kpali, bringing a wife from Naija and then she comes here and goes wild, hooking up with an American girl and blah blah blah...
 

moviewizard

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If it were well-told, I don't see why they wouldn't appreciate it... even if they didn't necessarily identify with it (though I am sure that many would).

For me, I'm just looking for more of that *texture* of real life as opposed to formulaic scenarios like trying to get kpali, bringing a wife from Naija and then she comes here and goes wild, hooking up with an American girl and blah blah blah...

lol, that sounds like the story of "anchor baby", and i hear its selling out at the theatres.
 

moviewizard

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Even from most of the Nollywood USA movies, i can tell the movie isnt for me. I find it hard to connect with the actors, their accent, their gestures and all yet they are supposed to be Nigerians. It worries me each time i watch their trailer and i want to know, do these movies have their own groupies just like nollywood proper does. If no one is buying them, they wont keep making more? or am i wrong?
 

Kala Lou

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What's your definition of "good enough"? By whose standards? And who are these "people"? Blacks? Yellow? Green? People don't buy movies because they are good or bad. They buy because it either connects with them at some level or or the spectacle is big enough to get tongues wagging and stir curiousity. What's "good" to me may not even be close to that to you.
"Good enough" to create a buzz....PEOPLE like ME go buy am. I purchased "City of God" from what I heard about the movie, I did not feel any kind of connection(I am not a Brazilian Gangsta) before I set out to buy the movie....I collect movies and for me it helps if they are good. That statement that people don't buy movies because it's good or bad is hogwash, sounds like you dey try argue for the sake of argument.
 

takestyle

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"Good enough" to create a buzz....PEOPLE like ME go buy am. I purchased "City of God" from what I heard about the movie, I did not feel any kind of connection(I am not a Brazilian Gangsta) before I set out to buy the movie....I collect movies and for me it helps if they are good. That statement that people don't buy movies because it's good or bad is hogwash, sounds like you dey try argue for the sake of argument.
It's true, though... People DON'T buy movies because they are good or bad.
 

Kala Lou

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the two main ways movies create buzzes is if they are good or they are incredibly bad. Hollywood uses film critics (positive) quotes to sell its movies...
Yes some bad movies might sell some units but you don't see bad movies do Avatar type numbers(well on second thought, you don't see any movie doing Avatar type numbers)
 

takestyle

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People are attracted to movies for any variety of reasons: because they feature stars that they like... because they have staggering special effects or fight scenes... because they have a dope soundtrack... because they are based on a popular work from another medium... because there's nothing else of note in the theaters at the moment.... Because some actor gets naked in it...

But none of those things necessarily make the movie "good."

And "bad" movies ("bad" is relative, of course) HAVE done Avatar numbers.* "Bad" movies have even won Oscars.



*I know a LOT of people who think Avatar itself sucks, by the way.
 
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