Thursday, April 30, 2009

Nigerians and Hausa Movies

Step on my toes. Ok, I don't mean all of y'all Southern Nigerians before someone start shooting Igbo, Calabar and Yoruba insults towards my e--direction.

I suddenly had a craving for Hausa Movies this week and decided to Youtube a few.

For the uninitiated, Hausa movies are greatly influenced by Indian-Bollywood movies. Because Northern Nigerians are generally more conservative due to Islam, we lean toward Bollywood movies (and Arab world stuff)while those in the South lean toward Hollywood (and Western stuff).

There is always singing and dancing between both sexes in hausa films. The choreography is usually upbeat, not all have girls wrapped in bedsheets, and the music synthesizing is what sells it ou as being Bollywood but its all Hausa culture with a twist. Story lines are mostly romance (nothing sleezy but relatable) and comedies.

I noticed the comments by Hausa speakers (written in Hausa mostly) was that of nostalgia, appreciation, and pride while the bad-belle people made comments like

"Sani Abacha dancing."
"Why do you copy Indians?"
"They are spending Oil money from the South"

I can't recall calling all the Nollywood movies with actors and their fake-ass accents as copy-copy. Nollywood is influenced by the West in terms of language (Queen's English), clothing, plot, script, etc somethimes in unrealistic ways that are totally Western and unapplicable to Nigerian everyday life.

Hausa movies have Hausa actors speaking Hausa, singing in Hausa wearing ethnic clothes THROUGOUT, dancing the Hausa way and because they is a similarity to Bollywood, you start ranting and calling late dictator Sani Abacha (that has no relationship with a Hausa romance movie)????

I have neither based my comments off the Igbo trader that tried to rip me off in Wuse market or Clifford Orji (so-called cannibal from decades past). Those are stupid reasons to profile Igbo actors/ movies which I do like anyway Igbo Kwenu (love me some Mike Ezerounye)!

It's just plain tribalism that exists in Nigeria even amongst so called educated people. Don't complain if some white dude does some racist crap to you. Racism is the same as tribalism only that in one case, we just look the same and predjudice is still there (worse that looking differently I say).

Seriously, you watch a Hausa film and the first thing one says is Abacha or Oil money?

R_E_S_P_E_C_T is earned!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

On Koko Mansion...slap me!

Everyone should know about this show which is the most anticipated since Linda Ikeji, Niyi Tabiti and Bellanaija put the news on their blogs.

This show guides DBanj to finding a Kokolette, one year companion who will win 5million for being Dbanj's groupie will "reinforce the unique role of an African woman in the development of our society."

I am particularly disturbed because of my feminist, neo-conservative views and my attempt to break away from traditional degrading feminine-roles (being a Northern Nigerian young woman with cultural/religous crap of women's inferiority being thrown at us daily). I like Dbanj's beats but I am peeved by his videos and lyrics which I think are disrespectful to progressive/ educated/ modern women in many ways.

The potential Kokolette:

"must be able to emulate notable women in society such as Honourable Abike Dabiri, Nike Osinowo among others even as she shows the ability to impress D’banj, under all circumstances in order to win the public’s votes to be in the house among others."

"the ability of the Kokolette to cook scrumptious meals for D’banj and his friends, especially during impromptu visits; her ability to furnish and maintain the mansion."

"also be industrious while being able to take care of the home front"

Cook for impromtu visits and maintain the mansion? take care of homefront? be a one year companion? Impress Dbanj at all times?

Based on the articles I've been reading, I now know what Kokolette means= Housegirl or Stepford Wife (if you've seen the movie(s)) with 5million paycheck and Chris Aires diamond ring. Plus she gets to represent HiTv like a model or something.

Does anyone know both Abike Dabiri. She's a legislator, former journalist with one fabulous career move after the other and none of the other 'kokolette traits' of being subservient to a man will make anyone the next Abike Dabiri I'm sure about that.

How will our society develop when women sit at home waiting for their husbands and their friends to arrive at impromptu times and still expect food on the table? Unless the women just sits at home sha.

I'm an Economics major so I get the money making aspect of the show (Kudos to HiTv) but talk about perpetuating stereotypes through 12 groupies at Dbanj's beck and call in the name of being 'African women'? And that talk about developing the society is just BS. Y'all are trying to make 'Flavor of Love' classier by adding the words 'African woman' and 'development' and 'Abike Dabiri.'

Admit it, HiTv is trying to make money. SIMPLE!!!!! Else they should have just given the prizes to a women's rehabilitation charity if they were trying to 'develop' women and gone to my village to look for a Stepford wife to cook for Dbanj and furnish his mansion and then be the face of the company.

I don't get the vision of the show. I though they were looking for a Kokolette, abi Wife, abi Dbanj Excort, abi role model? abi supermodel, abi housegirl?

Slap me, I'm confused. I'll be in Nigeria in June so I'll see the show and see if it adds more pepper to my wounds.

- Ladi

Courtesy: Niyi Tabiti

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

More Mary Mary

(re-posted but updated) I love the gospel sister duo though I'm not one of those fans that can sing every song they've sang courtesy of pirated cds in 9ja (true but lol!). But they're recent release "Get up" is one of those songs that have been shacking my senses plus with good/powerful lyrics I don't feel like some rapper's byatch and all.

Its like 'Shackles' that was one of those gospel songs that hit the secular genres hard.

Their album was out October as well as a new website but for now check-

Mary Mary's myspace:

God In Me!

Get Up!

"Get up" and "God in me" are my favs.

Soup for your soul.

Happy Easter Season!!!!!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Max Azria, the African Designer

So many of you probably know Max Azria, a fashion designer of Tunisian descent who founded the popular women's clothing line BCBG.

Originally from Tunisia, Max Azria was born in Sfax (Tunisia); he entered the fashion industry in PARIS. Moving to California in the 1980s, he created BCBG, an acronym for the French saying bon chic, bon genre, which in English means "good style, good class."

Max Azria's wife Lubov Azria runs all aspects of the company with him, she decides on the style influences for each season and the store decor.

His company owns Herve Ledger, which I'm currently obsessed with if only I could actually! When the wearers include Kate Winslet, Sophia Bush, Victoria Becks, Miriah, Kim Kardashian, and Beyonce then Me keh? (Sha when dady becomes governor, hehehe)

Courtesy: Wikipedia*&Keyword=herve&resultsPerPage=24&Action=sd&attrs=Department:Department:Dresses

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Madonna's Adoption

Many of you have heard about Madonna's pending adoption case: Like if the first one, David Banda, who doesn't remember his real father and can't speak any Malawian language didn't gather enough press.

"A Malawian court has delayed its decision on whether to allow the pop star Madonna to adopt a four-year-old girl after an hour-long hearing in a closed court. If granted permission, little Chifundo James will be the second Malawian child to be adopted by Madonna. The girl, four-year-old Chifundo "Mercy" James, has been in an orphanage because her family cannot afford to take care of her. The organisation Save the Children is opposed to the child's removal from an orphanage in Malawi." -BBC

I think the best place for a child is in their home. Have you seen those black ashy kids whose oyibo parents don't know the right hair and skin products or understand the concept of Sickle-cell? I don't want my kid having identity crises joh! Imagine I adopted a poor kid from an orphanage in london and took him to Nigeria? The kid might grow up as an oyibo agbero and be unable to gain acceptance from fellow Abuja!

Other opinions are here:

Should celebrities adopt kids from abroad/ kids from other races and ethnicities? Is it fair on the child's future or better for them?

Can black celebrities adopt poor white children from Eastern Europe for example?


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