Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

About the Author Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

Oris Aigbokhaevbolo is a writer and critic living in Lagos, Nigeria. He holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Benin, and has attended academies for film criticism in Germany, South Africa and the Netherlands. In 2015, Oris mentored film critics at the Durban International Film Festival. In the same year, he became the first winner of the All Africa Music Awards prize for Music Journalism. He is a film critic at This is Africa. And has appeared in Chimurenga, BellaNaija, The Africa Report and the Guardian UK.

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Kemi Adetiba’s The Wedding Party is a glossier version of AY’s comedies

New Nollywood comedies appear to be divided along class lines. While AY Makun’s 30 Days in Atlanta and A Trip to Jamaica have a somewhat average Nigerian character at their centre, there is nothing average about the status of the main characters (and star-studded cast) in Kemi Adetiba’s debut feature film, ‘The Wedding Party’. All three are however less comic cinematic excursions than visual exercises in silly gags.

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Izu Ojukwu’s ’76 is the best Nollywood picture of 2016

Nollywood has had a preoccupation with the 1960s for some time. In the film October 1, Kunle Afolayan let loose a serial killer in 1960s Nigeria. Biyi Bandele took viewers through the 1967-70 civil war in his adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun. Now Izu Ojukwu has come in their wake to give an account of 1976, a year that felt very much like the Sixties.