Category: The Cutting Floor

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 12, 2018

#Rotterdam2018: The Shape of Water should win everything

Among his many sins, Harvey Weinstein is to be blamed for turning awards season into a marketing frenzy where victory ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 8, 2018

#Rotterdam2018: I, Tonya is Margot Robbie’s Tour De Force

The rise and fall of Tonya Harding, the gifted American figure skater and would be contender who squandered two chances ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 6, 2018

#Rotterdam2018: Mean streets; Wilfred Okiche reviews Respeto

  In Alberto Monteras II’s Respeto, a gritty, realistic examination of the complex relationship between hip hop culture and inner ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 4, 2018

#Rotterdam2018: I, Tonya is buoyed by its careful explorations of complexities of victimhood

The rise and fall of Tonya Harding, the gifted American figure skater and would be contender who squandered two chances ...

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Wilfred OkicheJanuary 25, 2018

Long Read: Has the Nigerian music industry finally found its rhythm?

When it comes to the entertainment business, the music industry is constantly held up as the beautiful bride. The reasons ...

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Wilfred OkicheJanuary 25, 2018

Film Review: Esohe is puzzling and clunky, but somehow it works

Nigerian immigrant, Gary Barbar (Jimmy Jean-Louis) isn’t doing badly living and working in the United States of America. He has ...

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Wilfred OkicheJanuary 18, 2018

Review: Blind Spot proves even great actors can’t save a sinking script

Rita Dominic and Femi Jacobs were paired for the first time in 2013, in Mildred Okwo’s terrific satire, The Meeting. ...

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Wilfred OkicheJanuary 15, 2018

LONG READ: Why Nollywood is moving round in circles

If you listen to critics and the journalists who cover the entertainment beat, 2017 was not Nollywood’s best year, wasn’t ...

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Wilfred OkicheJanuary 10, 2018

Film Review: Familiar, repetitive… The new Wives on Strike isn’t a revolution

It is hard to go wrong with a movie that is built around a social message. Especially in conservative societies ...

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Wilfred OkicheJanuary 4, 2018

LONG READ: What the Loose Talk podcast says about all of us

In 2017, YNaija committed a big part of its time and resources towards carefully documenting the big stories happening in ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 31, 2017

#YNaija2017Review: Alex Ekwueme, Buchi Emecheta, Maitama Sule, Eric Arubayi… 10 notable deaths of 2017

May their souls rest in peace. Eric Arubayi On February 11, thirty-three-year-old gospel music live act and former Idols West ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 30, 2017

#YNaija2017Review: Hurricane Harvey, Mugabexit, Libyan slave trade… See the top 10 events that shook the world

These 10 events sent shock waves around the world, leaving confusion, disarray and relief in their wake. Presented in no ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 30, 2017

PROFILE: Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi will not be put in a box

The life cycle of a Nigerian first lady is pretty much well drawn out. Has been since Maryam Babangida stepped ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 27, 2017

Concert Review: Wizkid came home alright, just don’t call it a concert

It is with a sense of national pride that Nigerians watched Wizkid take his material from Ojuelegba in Lagos state, ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 25, 2017

#YNaija2017Review: Aisha Mohammed, Kemi Adeosun, Maina… Look who else was involved in the biggest scandals of the year

Some of the 10 stories that made up this list were tragic and demand our collective sober reflection while some ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 23, 2017

#YNaija2017Review: Otodo Gbame, Rann bombing, and 8 other stories that made us cry

Sometimes it is hard being Nigerian and these events are proof. Otodo Gbame The Governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode has ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 23, 2017

#YNaija2017Review: Kachikwu vs. Baru, Kiss Daniel vs. G-Worldwide… See the Top 10 beefs of the year

Ready. Steady. Fight. 2017 was a year all its own, for the quality, duration and diversity of brawlers who took ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 23, 2017

#YNaija2017Review: Chimamanda on Trans Women, Governor Yari on Meningitis, Daddy GO on social media… See the 10 worst quotes of the year

Somebody gag them, they need to shut it. Honestly Arranged from least cringeworthy to most cringeworthy. ‘’If you get your ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 23, 2017

#YNaija2017Review: Tonto Dikeh, Mercy Aigbe, Psquare… Peep the Top 8 celebrity breakups of the year

Happily never after, said these ones. Mercy Aigbe and Lanre Gentry Nollywood actress Mercy Aigbe’s seven-year marriage to Asiwaju Larry ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 23, 2017

The Film Blog: The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai is competent. But don’t expect more

When the trailer for The Wedding Party landed in 2016, there were fears that the trailer, a glamorous, 3 minutes ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 21, 2017

#YNaijaReview2017: Patience Ozokwor, Seun Ajayi, Akah Nnani… See the 10 best performances of the year

These performances got us buzzing. They can grab all the trophies. Arranged from bottom to top. Patience Ozokwor – Omugwo ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 21, 2017

YNaija2017Review: #BAAD2017, #EndSARS, Mr Eazi… These 10 stories/hashtags broke the Internet

The internet loves a good buzz. Something to rally round or be outraged about, it doesn’t matter, as long as ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 21, 2017

#YNaija2017Review: Ajimobi, Dino Melaye, Apostle Suleman… Look who else starred in the 10 worst videos of the year

Watch and cringe.   Apostle Suleman and wife make a love song General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 21, 2017

#YNaija2017Review: Isoken, Potato Potahto, Hakkunde… See the 10 best films of 2017

In terms of quality of films, 2017 was a bit of a downer as there was a bit of struggle ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 19, 2017

#YNaija2017Review: Wizkid, Simi, Orezi… Look who else made the 10 Best Videos of the year

Visuals interpret a song, bringing it to life in ways that the audio experience alone cannot quite manage. We present ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 19, 2017

#YNaija2017Review: Life is Eazi, Sugarcane, Palmwine Music… See the 10 best EP’s/Mixtapes of the year

The year was awash in excellent Eps and mixtapes with both established and upcoming stars putting in commendable effort to ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 18, 2017

#YNaija2017Review: Evans, Rochas, Maina… See the 10 worst people of the year?

Is there anything redeeming about this lot? Abiola Ajimobi While addressing protesting students of the Oyo state co-owned Ladoke Akintola ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 17, 2017

#YNaija2017Review: Stay With Me, Love Does Not Win Elections… See the 10 most notable books of the year

From award-winning sprawling depictions of infertility and feminism, to non-fiction accounts of winning elections in Africa, these are the YNaija2017Review’s ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 17, 2017

#YNaija2017Review: D’Banj, Falz, Korede Bello… Look who else made the most disappointing albums of the year

These ones either didn’t pop, or failed to live up to expectations. Arranged from least to most tolerable. 5. 27 ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 15, 2017

#YNaija2017Review: Simisola, The Glory, This Is Me… See our picks for the 10 best albums of the year

Sifting through the loads and loads of music put out during the calendar year, we made use of parameters such ...

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