Citation was the 2020 Nigerian movie featured on the Netflix platform. The lead character was played by Temi Otedola, the daughter of the Nigerian billionaire, Chief Otedola. The story involves an innocent university girl, whose naivety becomes her undoing.
In this session, we discuss the movie as a voice in this contemporary Nigeria, and also we address what we hear in the blocks/street about the movie, and its leading cast, Temi.
Let’s start first from what is being said in the street.
A lot of people had something to say about Temi taking the lead role in the Netflix movie. This was fueled by the fact that it was her derby movie as an actress. “Give it to someone who has been in the business”, some argued. Others said it was daddy’s money that got her the role. She was stereotyped as the spoilt rich girl, who shot in the movie was influenced by her father’s billions.
But then the question, is does it matter? What people should be concerned about is whether or not she did a good job, and based on the review, sentiments aside, they have been great.
People should begin to understand that connection get level. While connection gets you there, it is what you have to offer that’s keep you there. I mean, someone always has a higher connection; someone can always pick more strings. So do not rely on connection, but learn to deliver.
Wahala for who no get connection: Do you have connection?
To be honest every one has a level of connection in the society. For instance a middle class woman whose close friend has a son is a well to do Lawyer, and her son is studying law, obviously she is going to connect the two of them.
Connection involves pulling favors. And every one has one point in time or the other used connection, however, every thing that has a good side has a bad side.
Connection in high places has left a lot of Nigerians jobless. I mean you have to know some one who knows some one and son before you get the juicy job offers. And we use this publication as a platform to hammer again that people should be judged on merit and not for who they know. Tell them oh is what you are probably saying, or who they listen. Well the truth is that the leaders do not listen but that does not mean we would stop voicing our demands.
Also, people questioned the naivety of the girl; they said at some point in time, it was just too much. It was absurd that she could just ignore signs that were all leading to the ultimate doom. Such people argued that in real life no one is that naïve. To be honest, that’s not hundred percent through. There are a lot of persons on planet earthy who will give a lot benefit of the doubt. They believe that every one should be judged hastily, but rather given a chance.
These persons are never taking offence and innocent to a fault. These were the person’s the movie was addressing.
This leads us to the movie as a contemporary voice in Nigeria. This movie was influenced by the high rate of sexual assaults on ladies in the Nigerian universities. This movie creates an awareness of these happenings, with an aim to eliminate this practice.
This vice is prevalent and rampant. Just recently we just had a massive campaign against sex for grades in the universities, and when people were stating their stories, I believe I was not the only one shocked.
When a lecturer says you would not graduate, and in Nigeria ASUU`s strike is giving you hand time, your parents are depending on your graduation. A combination of these leads to desperation, to do what ever it takes. Innocence lost, shattered and battered, and it is very disheartening. And most times you can not report such lecturers because of their connections and influences. The system is faulty, real faulty., but one way or the other nemesis is going to catch up with such lecturers. God day!! And once again we the voices say a definite no to sex for grades. Report any lecturer who participates, even if the authority is not a school authority, it could be a lawyer, any one do not suffer in silence, please.
This was the awareness the movie, citation brought. Emotional to the core, well written script and all. The movie re affirms that the Nigeria movie industry is going places.
On a lighter, the follow up interviews and reviews about this movie also created a stirred up a thought. Why do guys protect their sisters from their friends? I mean, let a friend to a guy, say guy how far, your sister fine die!! The look that friend will receive is out of this world. He would be strongly warned, and if he refuses, trouble is going to blow; it is going to be problematic.
I had a friend whose brothers friend was crushing on her. before he knew it, they had become close. When her brother found out, it was like all hell has been let loose. Threats were flying here and there. Her brother stopped being friends with this guy, and he warned he saw him near his sister, he was going to gather his quad and beat nonsense of this guy. E shock every one oh.
I had a male friend, when one of our other friends commented on his sister being extremely hot. Na so wahala wear khaki and t-shirt, that was the last time that guy came to that house. They only met in places other than his house.
It sounds absurd right but this is what`s happening. There is an under lying protection of a guy concerning his sister, especially concerning her dating life. A guy reading this post might be saying na mumu that one be, but he is just as protective of his sister. It is a line you dare not cross.
On the other hands ladies encourage their friends to crush on their brothers. There was these two sisters that played match makers with their friend and brothers. They literarily begged their brother to tell them who his crush was, let them help him woo her — this got my ribs cracking.
However, not all girls encourage this, there are some just as strict as the guys when it comes to brother friend dating. But it usually borders on worthy personal reasons. I mean if they know their brother is a player, they definitely will ensure the vibes die.
The entertainment industry is a voice when it comes to society ills, this is probably because of its ability to have a fictional representation of life issues. So apart from being entertained, you are educated and enlightened.