Friday, October 18, 2013

Ini Edo in Ekaette Goes to School - Nollywood's Fixation on Adults in Kid Uniforms

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I did a double-take when I came across this picture of Ini Edo in uniform on Instagram. My first thought that it was a flash back picture was dashed when I read the caption which goes, "Ekaette goes to school#movie title#keep a date#my life, ur entertainment". Seriously, seriously? It hasn't escaped me that Funke Akindele and Nkem Owoh have also acted roles that called for them to be primary school children, same as Mercy Johnson and Saka. Now Ini Edo

I have to ask, what is the fascination with seeing these grown men and women in primary school uniforms?

I can understand actors acting secondary school roles that tie back to them as adults but that only holds water in very few cases when the actor is still in their late teens or early twenties. In your thirties and forties, even your secondary school self needs a much younger actor to be believable. Not to talk about primary school roles that require us to see you in uniform.

And in all the movies, it seems there's always a comedic element involved. Is it that Nigerians like seeing their rich actors make fools of themselves as kids, or that we think a child's life of going to school and wearing uniforms is funny?

More disturbing, is it that our actors and movie producers are stuck at that stage of their lives? Or does this speak more to the audience? Is this really what the Nigerian movie watching audience wants?

Are these movies for children or adults? What are the themes or morals of these stories, if any?


  1. Myne, God bless you o! This same matter has been on my mind since I saw Kanayo O. Kanayo and another popular actor wearing a school uniform in a movie. My question was if they were so stingy that they couldn't get actual teenagers to take those roles.

    There must be lessons in the movies for both adults and kids sometines, but one wonders if a secondary school scene is always necessary. Having adults act those parts makes the whole thing look like a joke.

  2. I thought I was the only one who felt uncomfortable about this. It's just weird. Cast the movie appropriately, if the movie is for a younger version of the character, then use a young actor, and use the Nollywood star for the older version of the character. If the movie is to be related to younger years solely, then cast it for someone in that age group for the entirety of the movie. Utterly ridiculous! No wonder some people think Nollywood is a complete joke.

  3. But Nollywood is a complete joke. The acting is exaggerated, the jokes/comedies are so in-your-face, there's no intellectual content in the productions. I believe that Nollywood movies reduce one's IQ & the saddest part is that a lot of Nigerians are hooked on it.

  4. Hooked on it you say, the movies are a reflection of their selves.


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