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How ‘Aníkúlápó’ Transcends Nollywood Norms, Weaving Cultural Narratives with Artistic Brilliance

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My criteria for appreciating a film extend beyond the mere quality of its cast, emphasizing the eloquence of its delivery and, most crucially, the thematic richness interwoven into its plot.

The pinnacle of cinematic delight is reached when these themes draw inspiration from the wellspring of our indigenous values and identity. Reflecting on “Oranmiyan” from decades ago, the film presented a captivating dramatization of the life and legacy of ODUDUWA, an iconic figure within the Yoruba race.

In subsequent years, as I delved into Yoruba history during classroom sessions, the impact of films like “Oduduwa” and “Oranmiyan” became evident, significantly easing the comprehension of intricate historical narratives.

Turning to “Aníkúlápó: Rise of the Spectre,” a film industry often criticized for lacking substance in potential series adaptations finds a noteworthy exception in Kunle Afolayan’s work. Afolayan not only excels in assembling a commendable cast but also stands out for his adept portrayal of Yoruba thought system concepts.

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One particularly commendable aspect is his seamless explanation of the Akudaya, illustrating the transmigration of a deceased individual into a living being post a troublesome demise. The film delves into the concept of the afterlife, imparting didactic lessons on how our earthly deeds reverberate into our post-life realities.

Of utmost significance is the film’s emphasis on the imperative to respect the delicate balance of the natural world. Afolayan skillfully warns against the consequences that arise when individuals assume godlike roles, manipulating nature through esoteric knowledge and thereby unsettling the equilibrium with profound repercussions.

The initial scenes of “Aníkúlápó: Rise of the Spectre” were akin to a profound experience reminiscent of a child’s first encounter with a thunderstorm. I found myself immersed in the cinematic downpour, simultaneously reveling in the visual spectacle and awe of its narrative, while also harboring a sense of trepidation akin to the accompanying thunderstorm.

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Actress Obey Etok Chima loses father on eve of husband’s funeral

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Nollywood actress Obey Etok Chima has sadly experienced the loss of her father, occurring just hours before the scheduled burial of her husband.

Taking to her social media platforms, the actress shared the heartbreaking news of her father’s passing.

On Facebook, Obey revealed that her father departed in the early hours of Thursday morning, lamenting the timing as it coincided with the eve of her husband’s funeral.

Expressing her grief, she wrote, “What a tragedy, 2024. I just lost my dad early hours of yesterday 11th April. Just a day to bury my husband. It is well.”

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Via her Instagram account, Obey further reflected on the sorrowful happenings, describing the loss of her father as “another blow” amidst the already sorrowful occasion of her husband’s burial.

“Another blow on me. I just lost my dad and I am burying my husband today. It is well oo,” she penned.

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VeryDarkMan denies rumorus of leaked sex tape

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Some time ago, rumours were circulating that VeryDarkMan was involved in a scandalous video of a homosexual nature, partly instigated by Bobrisky, with whom VeryDarkMan had previous conflicts.

VeryDarkMan took to Instagram to address the issue directly, sending a message to curious Nigerians.

“All the people when say them get video of me and man,till now none of them drop video 2 if anybody get video E for don leak by now.internet is a yeye place……one thing about me I will show you evidences Good evidences……them get video na hin them no leak am since • all those things was to make vdm not talk about evuuul again..there is a reason i confessed all my sins before starting this whole online fyghtyn against evulll in the society.”

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Junior Pope: Ini Edo mourns, calls for reforms in Nollywood

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Nollywood actress Ini Edo has responded to the tragic death of her colleague, Junior Pope Odonwodo, famously known as Junior Pope, who lost his life in a river while filming a movie.

Expressing her anger, Ini criticized the inadequate structure of the industry, which she believes was responsible for to such tragedies.

She mourned the loss of the actor and emphasized that his death should serve as a wake-up call for the implementation of proper regulations and structures to ensure safety during productions.

Ini trolled her colleague, Adanma Luke, who produced movie, urging those who are not qualified for such roles to refrain from undertaking them due to the negligence that can result.

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The actress, who is also a mother, described Junior Pope’s death as a sacrifice that should prompt significant changes within the industry.

She stressed the need for a comprehensive overhaul of the system, with the implementation of practical rules and regulations to address emergencies and safeguard everyone involved.

Reflecting on the untimely loss of Junior Pope, she lamented the departure of the “good ones” and expressed deep sorrow over his death.

“Jnr Pope did not have to sacrifice his life for nollywood to realize the need for a long and much needed regulatory structure that would safeguard an entire production . Yes .. every one is a producer now and all are guilty of negligence of some sort.. and this has to stop. This is one sacrifice too many and must count for something … The system has to undergo a total overhaul with practical rules and regulations that caters to everyone in cases of emergencies…. I will never understand why the good ones go so soon‍♀️

Rest on brother … This one cuts really deep.”

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