Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

Critic

Nigeria

Oris Aigbokhaevbolo is a writer and critic. He is the first critic to be invited for film critic academies in South Africa, the Netherlands, and Germany in a single year. He is also the Anglophone West Africa editor for the Music in Africa website, and chief film critic at This is Africa. In 2015, Oris won the All Africa Music Award for Entertainment/Music Journalist of the Year. And has had his writing on film, music and literature appear in The Guardian UK, The Africa Report, and Chimurenga. He is currently writing a book of non-fiction on Nigeria’s pop musicians from 2face to Wizkid. In the winter of 2016, Oris Aigbokhaevbolo will be writer-in-residence on the island of Sylt, Germany.

Sugarcane EP

Date: 22 Sep 2017 Category: Music
9.0 Rating
The Nigerian male should be unhappy. Tiwa Savage has pricked Tekno’s inflations on ‘Pana’, turning cassava to sugarcane. It is war of the sexes, Naija style. Ms Savage, who’s certainly aware of the phallic implications of her title, has played coy, telling the American publication FADER she named her new EP Sugarcane because "the music is sweet and different." Of course, no one is going to believe her, given her songs of old and this l ...

Odysseus

Date: 09 Sep 2017 Category: Music
8.0 Rating
The Abagas (Jesse Jagz and MI Abaga) have always had a special case of megalomania. Each one has declared superiority over his environment on several records. Last year, Jesse took the family pride off music. "Me and MI combined, there’s no bloody musician, I don’t care who your father is, that can be better...artistically," he said in an interview. Considering the early work of the Abagas, this was hardly arguable. If MI’s The Chairm ...

The African Gentleman

Date: 31 Aug 2017 Category: Music
7.0 Rating
The African gentleman is a mythical creature. Think of him as Anansi or the talking tortoise—or so said Fela, who must be sorely disappointed in Ric Hassani. Hassani, whose real name is Ikechukwu Eric Ahiauzu, has titled his debut album The African Gentleman, thus officially claiming that three-word title as nickname. Fela turns in his grave: Only 20 years after his death, and this is what his countryman gets up to? As you’d expect from ...

Ijele – The Traveler

Date: 27 Jun 2017 Category: Music
5.0 Rating
Near the end of Flavour’s new album Ijele – the Traveler, the Enugu-raised artist manages to combine flesh and faith on a single song. The album's penultimate track, Ukwu Nwata, is a call to come see the booty of his beloved. But the accompanying production—delicate strings, sleepy drums—might inspire a wave of hands as though you are in church. The non-Igbo speaking listener, in fact, might believe she is listening to some worship tun ...

Leap of Faith

Date: 08 May 2017 Category: Music
7.0 Rating
Fans of African pop music may not realise it, but they owe Juls a debt of gratitude. As banker and part-time DJ/producer working in London, Juls had made a few songs, serviceable ones but nothing earth-shaking. One day his girlfriend suggested a reduction in the tempo of his productions. This advice along with meeting Mr Eazi might have changed his life, but it certainly has changed African pop. A few years ago, a hit song as near-sedate as an ...

Isoken

Date: 15 Jun 2017 Category: TV/Film
8.0 Rating
From a certain perspective, the film Isoken seeks to answer two questions: 1. How does a woman choose a mate? 2. Can a Nigerian man win the game of love over an Oyinbo in a romantic comedy? The answer to the first is, who knows. The second answer is, well, let’s just say they have a head start: Clark Gable romcom-ed his way to Hollywood history in It Happened One Night, a movie made as far back as 1934. (Also starring Claudette Colber ...

Songs About U

Date: 18 May 2017 Category: Music
5.0 Rating
A few weeks back Banky W announced his engagement to an actress, sparking fanfare on social media. Some fans might have thought: er, what happens to all of those risque lyrics over the years, those leering come-ons—bricks upon which the man’s reputation was built? His new album, Songs About U, answers the question. The house that Banky built with suggestive lyrics will be pulled down in part. His mother willl be happy to hear that; for fan ...

Ojukokoro (Greed)

Date: 17 Mar 2017 Category: TV/Film
7.0 Rating
The guys of New Nollywood may seem to be obsessed with violence, but what they really are obsessed with are ways of showing violence on screen. No one has achieved the crude verisimilitude of violence that Eric Aghimien has. No one has shown more stylised violence than CJ Obasi. Some parts of Dare Olaitan’s remarkable first feature film, Ojukokoro, show that violence is as much verbal, a way of speaking, as it is a physical thing. All three the ...

Okafors Law

Date: 31 Mar 2017 Category: TV/Film
5.0 Rating
A scene in Okafor’s Law may be familiar to some viewers. Chuks (Blossom Chukwujekwu), a guy nicknamed Terminator for his way with women, stands by a window. Behind him, a lady he’s just had sex with asks, “What happens to us now?” “Babe,” he says, “there’s no us.” She leaves angrily. She is about to get married. With that scene, Omoni Oboli‘s follow-up to the ghastly Wives on Strike has made a point it will develop over ...

Believe

Date: 22 Apr 2017 Category: Music
4.0 Rating
Last time the record label G Worldwide put out a record it resounded commercially and critically. That album was Kiss Daniel’s New Era. The title declared its intentions. Even its unreleased singles were played widely. It led to Kiss Daniel winning three Headies. G Worldwide has now released Believe from Sugarboy. If as with New Era an album’s title is its destiny, then it is unclear what to make of this one. Are we asked to believe in the ...