Former Governor of Lagos State and current Minister for Works, Babatunde Fashola has said Nollywood movies prompt money ritual and get rich quick mentality in Nigeria.
Fashola, spoke as the guest speaker at the fourth annual public lecture/symposium organised by the United Action for Change, themed, ‘Security of citizens as a social contract.
His speech was titled, ‘Insecurity: Taking actions against organised crime’.
“However, it has become a reinforced belief through entertainment, social media and Nollywood. How can human head bring money? Money is paper invented by man, not God. They put the paper in a machine to print what we call money and that is the only place money comes from.
“But the challenge is the belief system. Just think about how many people have been missing – through kidnapping – because some people believe that it exists. The police could tell us the number of people they have apprehended with human parts, such as skulls. This belief system must go.
“Therefore, all of us, including those who make the films, must reverse the story and start selling a new story that money is printed in a machine and not through any other way like money rituals.”
He also faulted the fears that engulfed the populace last year when there were reports that cyber fraudsters were stealing women’s briefs to make money.
Fashola said, “It is not true, or how does that happen? What is the connection between paper (money) and cotton (pants) or has anybody seen cotton money before? Those of us who have influence and authority must take positions to see to the reversal of this kind of beliefs.”
Wrong Turn is a bloody, grotesque horror franchise that’s reminiscent of other cannibal hillbilly horror films such as Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes. Though most of the film’s installments went direct-to-video, the franchise still has a popular cult following.
Created by Alan B. McElroy, all the films focus – in some capacity – on a backwoods tribe of deformed, often inbred cannibals who hunt down travelers and use them in various horrible ways for food, among other things. The plots never really need to be too in-depth; with Wrong Turn, simplicity and explicit sexuality, violence, interesting and shocking kills, and fresh-faced victims are the more important facets in the larger scheme.
With news of a seventh instalment in the works, titled The Foundation, the Wrong Turn franchise seems like it might be on an upswing and headed toward revitalization. Though fans tend to enjoy all the films in some capacity, there are certainly some that are better than others. Here’s the entire franchise (so far) ranked, worst to best.
6. WRONG TURN 5: BLOODLINES (2012)
Wrong Turn: Bloodlines was shot primarily in Bulgaria and utilized local talent as background extras; the woods and a small village were reformatted to make the set look like the West Virginia wilderness, where the franchise is traditionally set. The film cut some obvious corners, and suffered for it with a sloppy, half-finished seeming final product. Where the series has employed some excellent practical effects in the past, Bloodlines is poorly done in comparison and despite having a unique opportunity for a fan to be involved with production, there’s little value to be found here.
5. WRONG TURN 3: LEFT FOR DEAD (2009)
Featuring some really terrible CGI and hollow acting, Left for Dead is an exercise in how not to make a killer cannibal movie. Where the other two previous installments employed some truly brutal, unique kills, Left for Dead borrowed too much from them to feel like an original movie. Perhaps it suffered, partially, from the first two films raising the bar too high, but other installments after rose to the occasion by trying to reinvent itself, where this one seemed comfortable with just going along with what had worked before and caring very little about being unique.
4. WRONG TURN 4: BLOODY BEGINNINGS (2011)
Bloody Beginnings served as a prequel to the 2003 original, Wrong Turn, and attempted to tell the story of the Hillicker brothers (the deformed cannibals who act as the franchise’s cornerstone). While the concept of a prequel and origin story made sense given how unremarkable the third installment, but there was quite a bit that failed in this film, which balanced out the good. Bloody Beginnings didn’t overexploit the origin tale, which was likely for the best as there’s really so much to be explained, but the hollow acting, terrible characters, and over-the-top violence that bordered on excessive left it more in neutral standing.
3. WRONG TURN 6: LAST RESORT (2014)
One of the smartest decisions the franchise made was to completely separate the sixth installment from the rest of the Wrong Turn movies. Last Resort was mindless fun, with brutal kills that actually tried to set themselves apart and bring the splatter and gore fans wanted without doing tedious, lengthy torture scenes like other installments have attempted. The strongest aspect of Last Resort was its relatively cohesive plot. There are still plot holes and aspects that don’t work, but it’s clear some thought was put into making this sixth installment a little more streamlined. It pushes boundaries, which is a hallmark of the franchise on the whole, but the acting wasn’t bad and the characters were actually somewhat likable.
2. WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END (2007)
Joe Lynch’s sequel, Dead End, does a lot right. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is important for a franchise like Wrong Turn, and it’s just plain fun to watch. Lynch is clearly having fun with his audience by playing to over-the-top blood spatter and sheer mayhem, which is what a killer redneck cannibal movie really needs to be great. The acting was good, and featured a neat role for fan-favorite actor Henry Rollins along with an interesting premise that built steadily off the momentum of the first, which actually lacked, overall, in plot and banked on sheer simplicity instead.
1. WRONG TURN (2003)
Though Wrong Turn couldn’t have had a simpler plot – beautiful 20-somethings who get stranded in the wilderness and end up hunted and eaten by cannibals – the characters are genuinely likable, the acting is really good, and it features stars like Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Jeremy Sisto. This film set the pace for the franchise, and set the bar extremely high. Stan Winston (Aliens, Jurassic Park), a genre legend, contributed some of the best practical effects that a slasher film from the early 2000s could have hoped for, which really lent to a clean final product that is watchable again and again and stayed good with age.
Ex-Big Brother House Mate, Natacha Ibinabo Akide, better known as Tacha, is ramping up activities as her brands take off.
Since being removed from the Big Brother show in the last edition, the fair skin beau has refused to allow that disappointment weigh her down as she continues to push to make the best out of the promising show which ended on a sour note.
Removed from the Big Brother House for engaging in verbal abuse with her fellow house mate, the young Akide has opened her online store, enjoying huge support.
Within days of opening the store’s account on instagram, The Everything Tacha Online Store as she named it has received over 108k followers.
Tacha whose fans are called the Titans, which in itself is being copied by all and sundry as a mark of distinction, has displayed many wares such as wrist watches, beard kits, pink lip kits, eye lashes among others, to take off her adventurous online store.
Tacha, whose personal instagram account called Simply_Tacha is verified, enjoys a whopping 855k followers and counting.
The lady who is referred to as Port Harcourt First Daughter has premium interviews lined up for her as she forages into the entertainment world.
She has also been courted for acting roles, something she might likely delve into soon.
The Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Daily Asset Newspaper, Catherine Agbo has emerged one of the 16 finalists for entrepreneurial reality TV show, The Next Titan Season 6.
Agbo, a former Editor with Leadership newspaper and one time Treasurer of the Abuja branch of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) would compete with the other finalists for a grand prize of N7million and a brand new Ford car.
The Next Titan is Nigeria’s premier reality TV show which focuses on harnessing the entrepreneurial ideas of young Nigerians and providing them seed funds to turn their ideas to businesses and grow existing businesses.
The theme for this year is “Impossible is Possible.” After regional auditions in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Lagos, 50 participants were selected for the boot camp which held in Lagos, last weekend. At the end of the boot camp, 16 finalists who will live together for 10 weeks in the same house, and battle one another over 10 tough business tasks emerged and were unveiled at a colourful ceremony held at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos, on Sunday.
The 16 candidates who have already been camped in the Titan House will be gradually eliminated until one winner remains.
Over the 10 week period, they would be required to, among other things, prove to be real street smarts, and also prove their entrepreneurial acumen through various businesses challenges on the 10-week show.
According to the organisers, the reality TV show which is in its sixth season, gives an opportunity to young talented Nigerians who have great and innovative business ideas to compete against one another in real-life entrepreneurial challenges in a bid to win the ultimate price to enable them start their new business or to support existing business.
Heritage Bank is the head sponsor for the show, which has boardroom gurus such as Tonye Cole, Sahara Energy Chairman, Chris Parkes, Chairman of CPMS, Lilian Osubi, Chief Executive Officer of EFG Hermes Nigeria a leading brokerage firm among others, as judges.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, the executive producer, The Next Titan, and Managing Director, Bravopoints International Limited, Mide Kunle-Akinlaja, said the programme was borne out of the need to support entrepreneurs so that they can contribute positively to the economic development of the country, particularly through job creation. (Daily Times).
Child of British-Nigerian singer, Sade Adu, Izaak, has completed the transition from female to male following the success of a phalloplasty (a plastic surgery to construct a penis).
In an emotional message on his Instagram handle on Thursday, Izaak, who is the only child of the soulful singer from her former relationship with reggae music producer, Bob Morgan, expressed gratitude to Adu for sticking by him throughout the process.
He shared a picture of himself hugging his mom upon his return home after the successful surgery.
Alongside the picture, he wrote. “It’s been a long, hard road but we did it. We are coming home.
“Thank you for staying by my side these past six months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am.
“Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much.”
In 2016, Izaak came out as transgender to coincide with National Coming Out Day.(SR)