Nollywood is making bold strides in asserting itself if this week’s premiere of Thy Will Be Done at London’s BFI IMAX Cinema is anything to go by. The movie house boasts having the largest screen in the UK and this is the first time a Nollywood film is premiering in IMAX. The film has Obi Emelonye of Mirror Boy and Last Flight To Abuja fame as its Director and stars Ramsey Noah, Mercy Johnson Okojie and Mary Njoku as its leading screen personalities.
Film festival organisers were on a collision course with the Zanzibari “thought police” after the island’s censorship board put restrictions on the screening of the Nollywood movie Mother of George. The edict was to either “black out” the film’s sex scenes or have the screening halted. Festival organisers cowered leaving a sour taste in the mouths of festivalgoers. Yet this is one of the better offerings from Nollywood if, like me, you have been put off by the low production values of much of the cinematic offerings from Nigeria; you know the Chineke-oh, melodramatic juju-plot-driven ones with derivative titles like Beyonce vs Rihana. Not so with the delightful Mother of George in which Adenike and Ayodele, a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, are having trouble conceiving a child. The problem defies cultural expectations and leads Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save or destroy her family. Spoiler alert; she has sex with her brother-in-law if anything to keep the DNA in the family. It may be a no-no in modern times what with all the IVF alternatives around but it is the sort of subject that gets under people’s skins.
A scene from the “haute” Nollywood film Mother of George