Reality, they say, is stranger than fiction. While this may be true, this fact shouldn’t make us shy away from telling our stories, no matter how bizarre.
We all go through individual struggles, but often times than not, our stories are similar. Maybe the most intricate details are distinct, but the general theme of the story, and lesson to be learnt, are largely the same.
This comparison in each other’s reality, is how Nimbe, a Nigerian movie available on Netflix managed to trend. A synopsis, weaved into a Twitter thread was put up on Twitter earlier early Monday, and it’s not until the last paragraph of the thread one gets to find out that the whole thread is in fact a substructure of a Netflix movie.
I want to tell you a story about a young man called Nimbe, I met him on Netflix. Yes Netflix.
Nimbe has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and drug abuse.
— ᴏᴍᴏᴋᴇʜɪɴᴅᴇ (@omokehinde___) July 27, 2020
However, this didn’t stop people from discussing the underlining themes of the movie, as if it were a real event. The thread speaks about a troubling subject. An issue most of us are familiar with, personally or otherwise. And the thread does well to evoke a response from a number of people.
This movie "Nimbe" is a true representation of various social issues bedeviling the Nigerian society ranging from drug abuse, parental negligence, rape, peer influence and their resultant negative effects on the Nigerian child with a promising future.
A must watch for All pic.twitter.com/9MSydZmTAD
— Elasdon (@iam_elasdon) July 25, 2020
Nimbe story is sad but that didn't mean he should go and do drugs
Some peoples story are worst than Nimbe story and they overcame https://t.co/MOZA2vBFaI
— IK Samstar™️ #BBNaija (@Only_samson) July 27, 2020
There was even a debate about the main character of the movie and the choices that he made. An effect reminiscent of ‘Acrimony,’ a movie which brought back the gender wars in full swing. To a lesser degree of course, but hopefully, we see more Nollywood movies that provokes the opinion of the Nigerian movie audience.
I am the only child of my mum, before she died, my dad remarried and things weren't going fine with me, so many times I have been offered the idea of joining cults, doing drugs, I resisted all, Nimbe could have done the same, I am a Nimbe too, but I'm not into drugs! https://t.co/rUbR3CPnqk
— Okechukwu Michael Barth ? ? (@OBarth_official) July 27, 2020
Nimbe is an educated young man. He should know drugs kill. He led himself into the whole mess
He should have channelled the energy into moving closer to God
That’s the only person that can lead him through the right part
— Adams Wonderful⚡️⚡️ (@MagicWonder_) July 27, 2020
I blame Nimbe, when Raph first gave him the drug, he could have said NO But then, he went ahead and take drug. I understand he was lonely, but then most of us have had worst case scenarios yet, we didn't give in. He is at fault.
— King ? Gustav (@Segun__Gustav) July 27, 2020
The entire thread speaks of the dangers of bullying and substance abuse. And it may be safe to say that’s what the whole movie is about. A number of people also spoke about how good the movie is, making it even more of an enticing story to see.
See I hardly see movies o but, a friend recommended that I see Nimbe on Netflix last night and honestly, I didn't regret a bit.
— The Account Of Chie ?? (@terex444) July 27, 2020
Toyin Abraham is one Actress to be proud of. She really did a great work on Nimbe the movie.. Nice story, Great cast and the Directing is Wonderful
— DAMILOLA (@Ewatomhie) July 27, 2020
Lets recommend Nigerian movies on netflix ??
— CHOCOlate? (@hauwamariam_) July 27, 2020
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