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Movie Review: A Naija Christmas (2021): A Tug At Our Heart Strings

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A Naija Christmas (2021) Synopsis: Determined to carry out their mother’s one wish, three young men scramble to find wives they can bring home by Christmas, as she sets out to plan the most beautiful Christmas celebration ever.

Cast

  • Rachel Oniga: Agatha Agu (Mama)
  • Segilola Ogidan: Ajike
  • Kunle Remi: Ugo
  • Efa Iwara: Obi
  • Abayomi Alvin: Chike
  • Ade Laoye: Kaneng
  • Linda Osifo: Vera
  • Lateef Adedimeji: Tony Torpedo
  • Carol King: Deaconess Fakorede
  • Mercy Johnson Okojie: Mrs. Bliss (Sammy)
  • Onikosi Bukola Abisoye: Gym Lady (as Onikosi Abisoye)
  • Uzoamaka Aniunoh: Cassie
  • Jude Chukwuka: Prof. Zeb
  • Joseph Jaiyeoba: Javelin
  • Imoikor Joseph: Pastor
  • Temitope Olaiwola: Taxi Driver
  • Alabi Pasuma: Special Gala Artiste (as Wasiu Alabi)

Crew

  • Kunle Afolayan: Executive Producer
  • Segun Akintunde: Line Producer
  • Seun Soyinka: Producer

A Naija Christmas: Review

A Naija Christmas weaves the story of rich boy, poor girl around the story of Christmas. At the same time, it is not your regular Christmas story. Neither is it your regular rich boy, poor girl story, but an eclectic mix of romance, comedy, music, and dance. There is the smiling villain, unrequited love, and Nigerian Christmas tradition. It is the sweet story you didn’t know you needed to watch.

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A Naija Christmas

If there is one thing Kunle Afolayan has down to a science and an art, it is tugging at our heartstrings with the right mix of Nigerian flavoured stories that have you smiling, because you recognize yourself in those stories. He also has a way of bringing together his actors, old and young, in a mix that has everyone recognizing themselves in the characters.

The acting in this movie is top-notch, and it is evidence of the skill of the director. Likewise, the cinematography gives such beautiful picture quality, you want to see it again and again.

It is heart-warming to see the late Rachel Oniga in her element, and the tribute to her is sweet. Segilola is a breath of air; she is not your helpless poor girl in a rom-com, but a strong, self-assured woman. I like the portrayal.  Kunle Remi, as usual, gives a good report of himself as the incurable playboy, but who wants something and would do anything to have it.

The contrast to him is Efa Iwara; it is interesting to see Efa portray the brilliant and clueless art person, who has puppy love for someone who won’t reciprocate. It is a departure from his usual role of the self-assured man. He has a range that I look forward to seeing more directors explore.

A Naija Christmas takes us from the idyllic Ikoyi, where everything is calm and high-class, to the bubbling Mushin, where you can be obtained if you don’t stand well. You see the beauty of Lagos at night, when it is well lit. You feel the real Naija Christmas spirit, and you want to share it with others.

NollyRated Score: 4/5 (Great Movie) 

NollyRated uses a 5-level scoring system, as follows:

  1. Poor
  2. Sub Par
  3. Okay
  4. Great
  5. Outstanding

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Obi Cubana Breaks Silence On Contesting For President

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Popular socialite and businessman, Obi Iyiegbu better known as Obi Cubana breaks silence on alleged plans to run for president of Nigeria.

Obi Cubana while speaking during a live Instagram interview FreeTheSheeple Movement leader, Daddy Freeze said he has no interest in Nigerian poltics, he would rather continue being his brother’s keeper.

He said, “I have zero interest in politics. I don’t have ambition to be a governor or anything, I just like being my brother’s keeper.

“All I like to do is give and help people and that’s enough for me.

“I am the Governor of Cubana empire. That’s enough for me, let’s leave politics.”

Meanwhile, Obi Cubana became popular in 2021 during his last year massive burial for his mother in Oba town, Anambra State.

Shortly after the burial, he was questioned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in November 2021 and accused of being a “picker” for internet fraudsters.

Just recently, he was qizzed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) over foreign transactions involving payments and transfer of huge foreign currencies linked to convicted drug dealers from Malaysia, Nigeria and India.

Reacting to the arrest, Obi Cubana noted that he felt so low to be linked to drugs

He said, “I was in detention for four days and three nights. I didn’t feel bad because I knew the agency would do a thorough job and if I am cleared, I’d be let go.

“There was no witch-hunting, nobody was after me. But to link me to drugs? I’ve never felt so low. To me, it’s repulsive.”

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Nollywood Actress, Iyabo Oko Is Not Dead

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Veteran Nollywood actress, Sidikat Odukanwi, popularly known as Iyabo Oko is not dead, Crystal News reports.

Confusion has trailed the health status of Veteran Nollywood actress, Sidikat Odukanwi, popularly known as Iyabo Oko.

Iyabo Oko (62) was previously announced dead by popular news platforms but further verification by Crystal News reveals that she is not dead but critically ill.

Iyabo Oko’s death was early announced by actress Foluke Daramola-Salako and Bisi Aisha (daughter) on Wednesday night but hours after the announcement Iyabo Oko came back alive.

Giving an update on Thursday morning via Instagram, Bisi Aisha, “Wonderful being, she moved her hand after being confirmed dead three hours ago. God, we will forever praise your holy name.”

Foluke Daramola-Salako also later updated that Iyabo Oko is no longer dead.

“Just heard from her daughter again that she moved her hand and she is still alive. Hallelujah! She is alive.

Iyabo Oko Is Not Dead

“It was her same daughter that announced her death before and she was the one that says is alive now.”

Iyabo Oko was diagnosed with ischaemic stroke about five years ago but chose to keep her health issues away from the public.

Now that her health status has been made public, the family is calling for financial assistance.

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Big Brother Africa Set To Return After 7-Years Hiatus

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MultiChoice’ South African TV network, Mzansi Magic, has announced the return of classic reality television show, ‘Big Brother Africa’, after a seven-year hiatus.⁣

The show is expected to be launched in 2022.

According to new reports, casting has begun in earnest for the show, tagged ‘Big Brother Mzansi’, and produced by Randburg-based Red Pepper Pictures (same producers of the Nigerian edition of the show).⁣

Confirming the forthcoming show, M-Net’s Executive Head of Programming, Nomsa Philiso, said: “This year marks 20 years since the very first Big Brother on MultiChoice’s M-Net and we are excited to celebrate this milestone by commissioning a new Big Brother season, which will be housed under our Mzansi Magic stable.”⁣

“This is a show that has always delivered top ratings and entertainment value, and our viewer and advertising partners can look forward to a stellar season of Big Brother.”⁣

The last season of the show was aired in 2015 with Ace Khumalo and Ntombi Tshabalala emerging winners.⁣

Prior to its hiatus, the show hosted in South Africa, saw contestants from 12 African countries, including Nigeria, and saw the rise to fame of quite a number of celebrated media personalities across the Continent.⁣

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