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Movies spread like wild fire. The moment it is released, there is a sort of chain reaction that occurs. For those living outside Nigeria, let me educate you a bit on how we acquire and get to know about these releases.

There are two illegal channels that are very common and popular: the Internet and pirates. Almost every Nigerian who gets an average and above income have satellite dishes installed in their homes. The most popular is DSTV.

DSTV puts up ads of movie trailers and have “behind the scenes” inserts in between programs. As soon as a person sees what he or she likes, all they have to do is go to the video store where there are hundreds of pirated copies and purchase the movie. In my next post, I’ll explain how the piracy structure is in Nigeria and how we suffer from it in relation to our favourite foreign shows.

 If a person has purchased a 6 GB and above data plan, has a Wi-Fi connection or has hacked into their mobile network provider’s site, all that is left to do is visit the illegal sites that have these movies and download.

When one person has gotten the movie, another chain reaction takes place. All I have to do is get my hard drive and send the movie to it. Then my friends gets access to it and copies what I have, (then I copy what they have). Their friends ask them for theirs and so on and so fort.

 However, it is important you know that not all Nigerians like to break the rules. The few who are moral and respect other people’s line of work, purchase these movies online or legally watch it either on DSTV, the local channels or other authorized methods.

We have unlimited amount of movies from different parts of the world, thanks to both legal and illegal distribution channels. The most popular movies we have, come from the three largest movie producers in the world: India’s Bollywood, Nigeria’s Nollywood and America’s Hollywood.

Without further delay, lets get to my opinion of what these movies say about you and I

 

BOLLYWOOD

1.Colours! Colours! Colours! Indians love it! They even have a festival of colours called Holi.

2. Dancing and singing! Indians are great and creative dancers. They are incomplete without it. They are also known for their unique singing voices.

3. This word cannot be placed as a single genre when it comes to Indian movies. Love is always in the air, be it horror, drama, action and all the others. The word should be a universal genre.

4. Cultural values. They protect and preserve their culture.

5. Respect for elders, parents and relatives.

6. Modestly dressed women and no nudity.

7. They adore their sweets, lentils, parathas and curry.

8. They are religious.

Recently, the western culture has had an effect in their movies and on them. Below are things I’ve seen that weren’t in the old movies:

1. The ladies love mini skirts and short dresses. The men love their tight pants and half buttoned shirts.

2. They don’t shy away from kissing and sex anymore.

3. Songs have an electronic vibe to it.

4. It’s now “in with dating and dancing in clubs” and “out with prearranged marriages”.

 

NOLLYWOOD

1. We love all Voodoo/witchcraft stuff

2. We have disciplinarians as parents. It does not matter if a person is ten, thirty or forty years old. They are eligible for sore bottoms; as long as their parents or grandparents are still alive

3. We are hardworking, especially when it comes to manual labour.

4. A party passes as a party when there are wads of Naira/dollar notes flying in the air.

5. We love our music.

6. We respect our elders.

7. We love our Adires, Aso ebi, Kaftans and babarigas (Nigerian fabrics)

8. Fufu, Pounded yam, Eba, Amala, Egusi soup, pomo, ..I can keep em’ coming. For those of you who are lost right now, I’ll mention one word and you’ll be found. FOOD!!!

9. Weight loss??? Who the hell cares!

10. Criminals, almost never get caught

11. Our virgins are our pride.

12. Church! Church! Church!

Western culture has also affected our movies and us.

1. We are wannabes

2. We don’t like to use our natural accents.

3. We are all rich and live in big houses.

4. Teenagers talk back to their parents.

5. Virgins are decreasing in number.

 

HOLLYWOOD

1. Americans are hard working and honest folks.

2. They brainstorm and are intellectually sound.

3. They believe that they are supreme.

4. DRUGS!!! Popular ones are methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and cigarettes.

5. Party! Party! Party!

6. They see sex as a casual thing. To them it is like breathing.

7. Advanced technology.

8. Weight loss is essential. If you’re not slim, you’re not pretty.

9. They love their Martini’s, doughnuts, beer, pizza and beef.

10. Teens don’t have respect for their parents and elders. This is what a Nigerian parent would say after watching a scene where an American teenager tells his or her mother to get out of their room because they’re are on the phone: “kai! Let them just give me this child for one day”.

11. They are very determined people and will work their way to the top.

12. They love the holidays, thanksgiving and travelling.

13. They are daring in a very foolish way. Jumping off cliffs, breaking bottles on their heads, purposely setting themselves on fire, leaps from high buildings without any safety gear on, performing stunts with their bicycles, skateboards and ending up with dislocated joints, broken bones or a bloody nose. (We watch the show “America’s greatest fools” on SonyMax).

14. Concerts and superstars are a big thing for them.

15. Intense bullying in schools.

16. Perfection, perfection, perfection!

The western world has influenced them in the following ways…. Just kidding! They ARE the westerners.

This post is not aimed at abusing anybody’s culture or country. If anyone feels that way, it was not my intention to do so. What I have stated may not be 100% correct. I am just interpreting in my own way, what I have seen in the movies. When I say movies, I don’t mean every single one.

Please feel free to comment on what you think movies you’ve watched say about their country and people.

On story de-depot, your thoughts matter. Cheerio!

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Posted: November 25, 2014 in Enterainment
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