By Reno Omokri
Oigerians of colluding with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to tar any growing Northerner.
TOn August 6, 2021, Nigerians woke up to the information that Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Studios will be creating a film about the everyday living and periods of infamous fraudster Abbas Ramon. The movie is to be a significant-price range flick, generated in partnership with Will Packer Productions.
But why would any person want to make a tale about these types of a villainous character whose saga is even now evolving? Indeed, Mo Abudu is probably to make dollars from these kinds of an endeavour, but at what cost?
Nigeria has a sordid worldwide standing for fraud and Web scams, which we must transform and transform promptly. Even if it is intended as a cautionary tale, carrying out a film like this will more cement that track record, even if it makes a couple of bucks for Overlook Abudu.
Nigeria desires rebranding, and as I have previously published, successful rebranding is very best reached by a projection of favourable points that are happening. Carrying out a movie of these types of a unfavorable and even now unfolding make any difference, specifically when there is no shortage of favourable tales to challenge, is a good disservice to Nigeria.
Probably Nigerians do not know the achieve of Nollywood. So I will give an example.
Legitimate tale: in 2011, Kanayo O Kanayo and I had been walking at San Francisco’s Union Square. An American girl recognised him. She obtained all enthusiastic and giddy at assembly KOK. I experienced seen this right before, and so I questioned her for her camera, considering she wished a photograph, which I would gladly just take. She screamed and explained, ‘you want to use my photograph for juju’!
Kanayo is alive. He can affirm if I have lied. The incident transpired suitable in front of an Armani shop we had just exited. That is what Nollywood has done to us!
Nollywood could want to look at that each Hollywood and Bollywood have a concealed agenda to market America and India to the globe though also producing cash for their studios.
Question yourself what is marketable about Hushpuppi’s story? Observe I mentioned marketable, not industrial. I concede that the story is industrial. Even so, it is not marketable. The money it will make will dwarf the substantial injury it will do to Nigeria’s image.
The typical movie is composed of painting African tradition as fetish, evil or base. Then the hero goes to church and defeats the African evil. We rarely challenge our own cultures positively.
And now, we are utilizing our own hands to explain to the globe about our worst son.
If we want to do a motion picture, why never we do a single about our favorite sons? About a hero. About somebody that will make you experience good about Nigeria and Nigerians?
Suppose Mo Abudu is in lookup of a motion picture strategy that will obtain the dual goal of earning her dollars and projecting Nigeria positively to the environment. In that circumstance, she could contemplate creating a motion picture about Imam Abubakar Abdullahi, the 85-year-outdated Muslim cleric who hid 262 Christians in his mosque in Barkin Ladi, Plateau state, therefore saving them from currently being killed by killer herdsmen trying to get to rout Christians from the locality.
Imam Abdullahi’s story is the things that blockbusters are created of. It has a true-life hero, genuine-life villains and lots of survivors eager to inform their stories and talk their appreciation to the environment.
The human interest is there. The professional curiosity is also there (the very same professional desire that featured in the monster hit, Black Panther). The movie, if designed, will be another Schindler’s Record (which grossed $322 million).
It has the probable of matching the industrial results of Lodge Rwanda.
These are movies that made income though also creating a enormous moral influence. Some thing that a film on Ramon Abbas would never ever do (make a large ethical impression).
Imam Abdullahi’s story can alter the detrimental impact that a lot of people today have about Nigeria. The altruism in his steps, which offered a apparent and present risk to him (Fulani militia are identified to get rid of Muslims who shield Christians), with no materials reward to him, is an engaging tale.
And then all over again, Imam Abdullahi is not a tragic hero, as is Hushpuppi, and his individual story has ended, and ended well. In the meantime, Ramon Abbas’s story has not finished, and we do not know what other uncomfortable aspects might nevertheless emerge from his sordid mess of a life. He is a drowning gentleman who can and will clutch at straws.
Indeed, there were many motion pictures made about the notorious American gangster, Al Capone, but they were all made posthumously.
Al Capone died on January 25, 1947, and the 1st Capone motion picture arrived out twelve yrs later, on March 25, 1959. So there was more than enough time to see the conclusion of the make a difference and do a film that captured the entire photograph. By 1959, the Capone saga was static. In the year 2021 and the foreseeable future, the Ramon Abbas cautionary tale is likely to be dynamic, with new facts emerging now and then. Suffice to say, it is not a rested subject.
And lastly, having the legal rights to Ramon Abbas’s daily life tale looks like a scenario of a prison profiting from his criminality. If and when a film is built about his unlucky lifetime path, then any revenue from the movie rights must, in my humble feeling, go to compensating his victims.
And I will not be amazed if Mo Abudu goes forward to make the movie and receives sued by some of his victims, who lay a declare to the income of the movie as proceeds of criminal offense that really should be employed to indemnify them. We are dealing with litigation-crazy Us residents here, not docile Nigerians.
The whole affair carries a great deal of threat. Unnecessary threat, if I may possibly insert. Which leaves me wondering if all those concerned have performed their because of diligence.
Skip Abudu may perhaps want to study the Son of Sam legislation of various states in the US, which are created to protect against criminals from profiting from their criminality by way of e book offers and motion picture legal rights.
Son of Sam guidelines even empowers American states to seize the proceeds of these ventures, even without the victims going to court docket and working with it to compensate victims of criminal offense.
Overlook Abudu and Ebony Lifestyle may possibly want to contemplate the simple fact that O J Simpson signed a e-book deal for his murder trial, and even although he was acquitted more than the murder of his spouse and her lover, the relatives of Ron Goldman properly sued and got all the income that was to accrue to O J from the book (provocatively titled ‘If I Did It’).
But over and above the Son of Sam regulations, we should really also be inquiring regardless of whether or not this is even a ethical detail to do. From what I go through, some of Ramon Abbas’s victims missing every little thing they had and grew to become suicidal and despondent. Permit us check with ourselves irrespective of whether this motion picture will convey therapeutic to them.
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