Have you ever wondered why we are so endeared to personalities in history? Most of the time, it is in the quality of books written about them or more popular, the movies about them.
Have you ever wondered why we are so endeared to personalities in history? A lot of the time, it all boils down to the quality of books written about them or more popular, the movies made about events in their lives.
We were inspired by Martin Luther in Selma and by Malcolm X in the Spike Lee film. We were endeared to Bonnie and Clyde even though they were really just robbers. 300 made war and Hell beautiful, because for a moment, we all wanted to "prepare for glory" with Leonidas and "dine in Hell", for a moment. Its the power of the motion picture.
This list s of 5 living politicians who make the news almost everyday and who would either inspire us, disgust, and most especially, entertain us in the cinemas if they ever had their own motion picture.
5. Ayo Fayose:
This Ekiti state Governor is the original Lazarus of Nigerian Politics. This is the man whose impeachment on corruption charges by the State House of Assembly led him to literally die out of the Nigerian Political scene. But now, he's back like he never left.
He's more popular now for how he has embraced what his critics called "stomach infrastructure". He has embraced it so much it has become an important agenda for his current administration. The only thing as popular with him as his "stomach infrastructure" is his reckless remarks against the opposition.
If this ever made it to the movies, you can be sure to get comedy. There's no better man for the role than the man, Odunlade Adekola.
4. General Olusegun Obasanjo:
the legendary Baba Iyabo is best known for his unique sense of humour and that air of authority. You see Baba Iyabo and you know you are looking at vast experience and power. From his khaki to his prison time, to his return to office as a democratic president, this type of man to dance with you today and send artillery shells your way tomorrow. Because, in truth, thats what politics is about.
His tenure as president was just as interesting his dance steps in Liberia, and just as controversial as his domestic life. Scratch that.
But can Segun Arinze be our man? I mean, we can fat him up a little and make him keep his eyes half closed throughout the movie. Just saying.
3. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu:
the only reason this man is sitting above Baba Iyabo on this list is because he is the first person to unlock OBJ's password. He locked horns with OBJ who was President at the time, and survived.
"Jagaban", "Lion of Bourdillion", as he is fondly called, Tinubu is arguably one of the successful politicians in Nigerian history as regards both political success and business prowess.
Paint a picture of a black Don Corleone of Mario Puzo's The Godfather, and you have the face of Asiwaju smiling back at you behind those round-rimmed glasses. His controversial roots would even make the character more mysterious, and interesting of course.
I can't think of any current actor to take his role. Maybe they should just go look for that little boy in Tony Tetuila's hit song from back in the day, My Car.
1 & 2. Goodluck Vs. Buhari:
First, the entertainment in these characters can only be enjoyed with these characters together.
Like milk and coffee, like Yin and Yang, the love and hate these men get is what makes the plot thicker. Buhari; one man's evil dictator, another man's people's general. Goodluck; one man's incompetent leader, another man's forward-minded leader. Its the ultimate battle between transformation and change, which should normally mean almost the same thing, which should also say something about... Scratch that.
This is arguably the most tightly contested elections in recent times with the brain-tickling campaign ads, to the bile flying all over the place.
For this movie, there are only two possible outcomes.
The first is that Goodluck wins. The end-of-movie speech will talk about how Goodluck fought one of the strongest oppositions ever and won, against all odds.
The second is that Buhari wins. His movie will end with stories about how perseverance is key and how its never too late. There will be talks about how his victory is reminiscent of Abraham Lincoln's.
As for the guys that should play their roles, I dunno mehn. I think they should just step up and act accordingly.
We might never know the outcome of this yet, but what we do know is that this blockbuster premieres March 28 (for now), at polling booths near you.
Save the date.