We are not robots, we are also humans. Thank you for 2021!
- What we did for the first time in 2021:
Expanded to a team of four.
Opened our doors to three interns.
Organized a special summer intern program
Increased our social media presence.
Got blocked by two directors on Twitter. That we know of, at least.
Attended two film festivals.
Conducted interviews. Debut being with Taiwo Egunjobi.
- Our future plans:
Publish more socially and politically aware reviews and essays.
Expand our team.
Open our doors to more interns.
Educate younger ones on film.
Promote cinema culture in various ways.
Provide a platform for more filmmaking creatives.
Provide a platform for other crew members beyond directors.
Conduct more interviews.
Dive into the world of Nollywood web series.
Publish more news.
Accept more guest essay submissions
Attend more film festivals.
Discover and meet more filmmakers.
Open a YouTube channel, maybe?
Expand our reach.
- Most beautiful essays:
Trial of Chicago and EndSARS analysis.
In Praise of Criticism: An Open Letter to Nollywood
Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse review
Chimamanda Ngozi adichie’s “A True Reflection”
Teju cole’s Eyimofe review (The New Yorker)
- Favourite Films:
Eyimofe, Juju Stories, Ayinla, All Na Vibes, For Maria, Concrete Cowboy, Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, The Power of the Dog, Malcolm and Marie, Indiana Jones, Underworld, Dune, Shiva Baby, Pig
Arcane, The Underground Railroad, What If…, My Mister, Arthdal Chronicles, Succession, How to Ruin Christmas, My Hero Academia, Vincenzo, Friends, Invincible, Maid, Generation 56k
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Priest by Sierra Simone, The Fear Street trilogy by R.L. Stine, A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer
Artistes that made our year:
Wizkid, Jorja Smith, SoulBlackSheep, Noah Kahan, Freddie Mercury, Imagine Dragons, Wurld, Post Malone, Sam Smith, Lee Tae-min, Ayra Starr, The Weeknd
- Most of the time spent with:
The best time spent with:
Taiwo Egunjobi, Damilola Orimogunje and Fatimah Gimsay, our three “In Conversation” interviewees. And Osas and IrokoCritic on our IG Live year-end conversation.
- Prevalent mood in 2021:
Being too cautious.
What we would have liked to have done without in the team:
What we would like to convince everyone of:
Always stay true to yourself, and principles.
Most important realization:
Nollywood is wild!
- The best present that we have given someone:
The final day gift of our advent giveaway.
The best gift that someone has given us:
Recommending our blog to other people. Thank you for that!
- The most beautiful sentence of the year:
“Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots”
- 2021 was:
a learning curve, exciting, and
2022 will be:
Entertaining! And we hope that you remain a part of that!
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