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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.

 A Naija Christmas

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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Shon Joel Nerat  Blows  Minds with ‘’Runaway” off “The Fantasizer EP”

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The name Shon the Fantasizer is gradually picking up the wave right now, for the unacquainted, he’s about to surf your minds and your playlists with heart-throbbing grooves that will wet your appetite and leave you screaming for an encore, this is no doubt an introduction.

 

Shon the Fantasizer who is subtly taking the Nigerian music industry by storm is an incredibly talented 19-year-old singer, songwriter, trapper, and rapper; as versatile as they come, he is originally from Jos Plateau state, born in Kano state Nigeria.

 

He sets the premise for his music career under the canopy of Positive World Entertainment with his lead single “ Runaway” off his much-anticipated project tagged “The Fantasizer EP”. According to him, “Runaway” was inspired by a friend’s relationship experience. The melodious song laced on  rhythmic and thumping instrumentals is a sonorous ballad which showcases Shon’s versatility as an artiste. The song was produced by the ever-impressive Ozedikus and is scheduled to drop on the 1st of July, 2022. So get ready to update your Playlist.

 

 

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Ready to shake the world with My “Afro Electro Vibe”-Says Shon Joel Nerat

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The Nigerian music is currently getting a global attention and there are several new talented acts that are joining the fray daily. One of such new talents is Shon Joel Nerat with the stage name Shon.

Shon is a talented singer, songwriter, trapper and rapper. He was born in Kano State, Nigeria but currently reside in his hometown Jos, the capital of Plateau State. He grew up with his grandmother who always complained that he disturbs the entire neighborhood with his music (she calls it noise).

He  was born on 22nd August 2003 and started writing songs at age 11. He recorded his first song titled “MY LORD” sometimes in 2017 with his best friend Jace Kim (his first producer).

Growing up, Shon was inspired by genres like Trap, Rap, R&B with a little spice of Afrobeat and he is musically inspired by artistes like Khalid, 6lack, Alpha P and Rema. He doesn’t have a particular genre which his music Is classified under, but he describes his sound as an “Afro Electro Vibe”.

“I always love to standout from the crowd with my music, hence my playing and experimenting with various sounds to create something unique for my fans and all good music lovers”, stated Shon.

Currently an undergraduate student at the Plateau State Polytechnic, Shon is here to feed FANTASIES that’s why he is called the FANTASIZER.

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In 2021, he got featured on a single titled “Running” from “De EDEN” EP by Jvson, this song caught the attention of the music  buffs at POSITIVE WORLD ENTERTAINMENT and he was officially signed on to the label.

 

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Homewin, a product of Sujimoto, signs Portable as ambassador

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PortableSujimoto Group, owned by Sijibomi Ogundele, which has made its mark in many sectors of the economy, especially in the real estate segment, where it is the leader in the country, is also making inroad into the betting sector with its brand, Homewin.
Come May 1, 2022 the lawyer turned entrepreneur will be launching Homewin, a product of Sujimoto which is also a special betting platform that will set another standard for betting business in Nigeria.
To restate his serious he has just signed on an ambassadorial deal with the hip hop rave of the moment, Portable.
It was gathered that some of the existing operators in this business are reportedly becoming jittery knowing full well that the brilliant man does not do his own things in half measures.
Many had to go back to the drawing board for the obvious reason that whatever he touches turns into gold.
Ogundele’s vast wealth of experience as a venture capitalist and investment strategist has provided a solid background in ensuring his housing business achieve its mission in the establishment of classy housing units in Nigeria that can compete globally.
He has also set up Sujimoto bottled water company and a lottery business.
There is no doubt that he has the pedigree for doing well in many spheres of life and Ogundele has proved this on many occasions.
Without a doubt, Ogundele is gradually leaving his footprint in the sands of time as his businesses are definitely gaining prominence across Nigeria and the continent of Africa.
The road to success is not the path you find but a trail you blaze- says Robert Brault.
For those who have been wondering about his meteoric rise in life, one of the things working for him is that he always sees opportunities, where others are bogged down by morbid fear of failure.
Since the businessman dude established his business some years ago, he has continued to unveil what he has in the stock. But if you think you has seen it all you better have another think coming as he has lots up his sleeves.
While many business magnates will inundate you with some bitter-sweet tales considering the inclement business climate under which many entrepreneurs around the world operate lately, Ogundele is busy spreading his tentacles and expanding his coast.
Unlike some others who see investing during a crisis as a gamble of sorts, Ogundele, who loves to lead by example, knows how taking a bold risk can be rewarding.

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