Motion Picture with Chidumga The non-existence of superhero movies in Nollywood

If Nollywood were to make a superhero movie, would you go to the cinema to see it?

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Nigerian Deities

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There are numerous characters based on deities from several myths which could inspire a Nollywood superhero movie.

Why haven't we created godlike superheroes or made our gods superheroes?

Lack of African Superhero movies is both obvious and surprising considering the popularity of the foreign genre in Nigeria.

"There are movies you don't see on your laptop," a colleague once said about "Captain America: Civil War."

"I already have an African print ready for the opening weekend," another said about "Black Panther."

But, what would happen when and if we get our own African Mythical movie? Will Nigerians wear their agbadas for the screening or will the movie be treated as trash?

"If Nollywood were to make a superhero movie, would you see it,?  I asked a colleague.

"Who would make it,?  she asked with a hilarious and priceless facial expression.

"No," another responded. "They don't even get the regular movies right," he added.

 

The superhero genre is left untouched by talented hands in the Nigerian movie industry. Probably because when you look at the CGI and the resources that go into making a superhero movie, it's clearly a genre that is still out of reach for the Nigerian film industry.

Also, no filmmaker wants to venture into a genre that hasn't been accepted by the audience. No one wants to take the risk, especially when the financial stakes are so high.

 

A superhero is supposed to be a 'benevolent fictional character with Superhuman powers.' They are mostly considered protectors of earth. A superhero movie is expected to depict a battle between order and chaos, light and evil, good and bad.

Unfortunately, in Nollywood, these gods are mostly portrayed as the chaos, the bad and the evil, with their spiritual destruction marking the climax of a movie.

In most movies, gods like Ogun, Oko, Oya, Yemoja, Amadioha, Ogbakiri signify an evil which must be destroyed by a prayer squad because they are usually the cause of the protagonist's family wahala.

 

Nigeria is a very religious country. Portraying Amadioha in a good light is against our faith. But, our religious values don't come into play when it's time to binge-watch "American Gods" or "Thor." We troop into the cinemas to patronize movies about foreign god but shun our gods and history.

In 1997, Obafemi Lasode produced "Sango," the movie about the god of thunder. The movie was a success in its era and was screened by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York City, U.S.A.

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Sango and Thor

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Most movie audience are huge fans of the superhero genre, however, most are skeptical of a good-quality superhero movie made in their own country.

Do you blame those who think the Nigerian film industry are not capable of producing a good superhero movie? They probably were unfortunate to come across the trailers for Nollywood "Bat-Man" and "Spidergirl" movies.

Sometimes, I like to think that the above-mentioned movies are not part of the Nigerian film industry, but, unfortunately, those movies and actors define the 'Nollywood' most Nigerians are familiar with.

While we have our gods and story ideas, it's going to cost a lot more to make true believers of the Nigerian superhero genre out of us all.

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