Ifeoluwa Olujuyigbe

Critic

Nigeria

Ifeoluwa Olujuyigbe was the 1st runner-up in The Critic Challenge 2017. She is a writer, editor and film critic. A Chemical Engineering graduate, her short stories, reviews, essays and flash fiction pieces have appeared on Brittle Paper, Akoma, The Naked Convos, Storried Nigeria, The Scoop, Pulse Nigeria, Words are Work, Writivision, Paragraph Planet UK, Short Sharp Shot Literary Magazine, and 'A Mosaic of Torn Places' anthology, to mention a few. She won Flash Fiction Competition, Blackout (2016), and the SGNT Media Short Story Prize (2016), and she was a runner-up for the iWriteArt Competition (2016). She currently writes movie reviews for True Nollywood Stories (TNS) and edits for gemWoman Magazine. She draws or plays scrabble in her free time, and is obsessed with good music, potato chips and chicken.

Banana Island Ghost

Date: 04 Aug 2017 Category: TV/Film
8.0 Rating
The advent of many remarkable box office debut films this year is proof that you don’t need to be old and grey for your dreams to be valid. To say I am proud of the emerging voices and young filmmakers doesn’t even scratch the surface of what I really mean. Take Isoken or Ojukokoro for example. See ingenuity at play. And even if we haven’t seen the highly anticipated My Wife and I movie yet, just the idea of it is getting our chairs swea ...

10 Days in Sun City

Date: 23 Jun 2017 Category: TV/Film
5.0 Rating
The movie already begins at the entrance of the cinema, with a lineup of people bent on standing for 10 days and under the sun of the city, if need be, just to see this comedy-drama film. It is incredible how people queue up about an hour before every show, and more people keep trooping in to get their tickets in advance. And to think this was the least marketed of all Ayo ‘AY’ Makun‘s films? When, eventually, the real film begins, we ...

Isoken

Date: 15 Jun 2017 Category: TV/Film
8.0 Rating
The anticipation of Jadesola Osiberu’s Isoken has been one of the highest so far this year, trumping AY Makun’s 10 Days in Sun City by a mile. Perhaps the only film that would compete on this scale is The Wedding Party 2, but even that is yet to be known. From a woman who created sensational TV Series Gidi Up and Skinny Girl In Transit that had people renewing their internet subscriptions a little too often to catch them on YouTube, one wo ...

Okafors Law

Date: 31 Mar 2017 Category: TV/Film
5.0 Rating
Given the kind of publicity, good and bad, that this 2017 film written, produced and directed by Omoni Oboli has had in the last one year, it is only expected that the cinemas would be packed full of curious people like me, hoping to see what the fuss has been about. Like her previous film, Wives on Strike, Okafor’s Law was a name on many lips, and as I came to realise on Friday, the name on many movie tickets as well. The thing about a film ...

Ojukokoro (Greed)

Date: 17 Mar 2017 Category: TV/Film
7.0 Rating
Written and directed by Dare Olaitan, Ojukokoro is a 2017 feature-length film centred around a manager of a Lubcon Petrol Station, Andrew, who has lung cancer and plans to steal from his workplace to save his life. What he doesn’t realise is that he isn’t the only one with an agenda; everyone around him is devising a plan to take money that isn’t theirs. These men would go to any length to satisfy their greed, and this would ultimately be t ...

Hire A Man

Date: 22 Feb 2017 Category: TV/Film
7.0 Rating
One thing that instantly jumps at you when you begin to watch this film, apart from the very hilarious animations that precede it, is the director. You want to know him, and why he has decided on the camera angles he shoots from. It is interesting how he merges scenes, how he tells his story with pictures, how he goes about it like a pro. Then you realise it is Desmond Elliot, and you’re no longer surprised. Hire A Man is a director’ ...

Dinner

Date: 11 Nov 2016 Category: TV/Film
5.0 Rating
2016 film Dinner, directed by Jay Franklyn Jituboh, follows a pattern of movies that showcases an event where things start out well but begin to go wrong all of a sudden. Movies such as this are faced with the risk of being too fabricated or overly contrived, and this is where Dinner fails, but I am getting ahead of myself. Ade Jnr and Lola are getting married. Ade decides to invite his two closest friends for a pre-w ...

King Invincible

Date: 09 Jan 2017 Category: TV/Film
7.0 Rating
Following the Ibibio-set Ayamma is another costume drama set, this time, in a Yoruba community; King Invincible. The first 2017 Nollywood film to show in the cinemas, King Invincible gives us a refreshing and unfamiliar story that kicks off the year well. In this small village called Ayipada-oba is a King, Aderopo, who is strong and valiant. When the people of Atupa, a neighbouring village, steal from his kingdom, he doesn’t care th ...

Ayamma

Date: 02 Jan 2017 Category: TV/Film
6.0 Rating
Away from traditional movies set in major tribes of Nigeria, and the recent and nearly predominant inclusion of Benin, Emem Isong takes her movie, Ayamma, to a small village in Ibibio. The movie explores the life of a King who has two sons. He dies of a mysterious illness, and while his heir is grieving, he makes a decree that there must be no sound of music. Then his heir runs mad, and only the sound of music can save him, except, t ...

Oloibiri

Date: 21 Oct 2016 Category: TV/Film
6.0 Rating
Oloibiri opens to the ancient Niger-Deltan town in 1956, where men and women mourn and shed tears like heavy clouds over their loved ones as they drag their feet to bury them. Among them is Timipre, a young man who has just lost his wife. He is bitter, and stares into nothingness like one lost in the dark. Beside him is his son, equally lost. There is a quest for revenge in their eyes, a promise to make some people pay for their loss.
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