With the growing output of good quality movies, in terms of picture and sound, it is time Nollywood delved into an area it has so far shied away from. Films don’t have to be fictional all the time, are they? Recently movies like 93 Days and ’76 have led the way in spinning up stories that are based on real life characters, it is time other Nollywood films tell the story of some of our national heroes.
Here is a list of 5 people we won’t mind seeing films about them in cinemas. This list does not include your ‘typical’ heroes, but a list of men who were seen as villains to the society, but today are worth celebrating for the significant contributions they made.
For what its worth, Kenule “Ken” Beeson Saro Wiwa (10 October 1941 – 10 November 1995), may be the progenitor of the modern day Niger Delta struggle. Although the struggle may now follow a violent creed, but Ken sowed the seed for the survival of a people long marginalized – and he did so through a non-violent campaign.
More than an activist, Ken was also a writer, television producer, environmental activist, and winner of the Right Livelihood Award and the Goldman Environmental Prize.
Hanged by the military dictatorship of Sani Abacha in 1995, it won’t be out of place to walk into a cinema and buy a ticket to see a movie titled Ken: The Flower In The Jungle.
Fela Anikulakpo Ransome-Kuti
He needs no introduction at all! Wikipedia describes him as a “ multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick.” With the yearly Felabration festival, this renowned music icon and civil rights activist may soon become ‘god’ to many.
Although American director, Alex Gibney has already made a documentary on him, Finding Fela, yet it is true that no one can tell a story better than the owners of the story.
So, as expensive as the project might be, Nollywood can still do a film on this great Nigerian.
He may still be alive and slaying in controversy and truth, yet it is not too early to do a movie on arguably the greatest literary icon to come out of Africa. A playwright, a teacher and a poet; one who is never shy of speaking the truth against any clueless government policy.
He already has an autobiography, The Penkelemes Years, and it won’t be out of place to adapt that into a movie.
For Heaven’s sake, he is a Nobel Laureate, and we should not wait for another white director to celebrate him for us. We are Nolyywood, and we are capable.
If you have ever lost a dear one to fake drugs, then you will understand the legendary status the late NAFDAC boss is to many in this country. At a time when Nigeria was ranked high as one of the most corrupt nations, she stood like an unarmed thumb and fought for the sanitization of our health sector in terms of standard drugs.
Attacked both physically and spiritually, Dora laid the foundation of a better society and put Nigeria in good light internationally. As such her loss to cancer in 2014 will be best remembered with a box office hit in honour of one of modern day Nigeria’s great women.