THE AMVCA'S 2016: WHAT I LEARNED
The New Africa, a travel series I created and produced for Ndani TV was nominated for " Best Documentary" on what is probably the biggest platform on the African Continent to celebrate Films and Television today and I was immensely flattered.
On the day leading up to the big event for me however almost everything that could go wrong, did; from traffic ( a constant in Lagos so I was not surprised, just peeved) to a wardrobe malfunction just before the nominees cocktail party( my prepped outfit hung on me like a bathrobe, luckily had a slinky black number that came to the rescue) and finally on the day of the event being told my car engine had knocked(yeah when it rains, it pours).
Eventually very rushed and very nervous i managed to assemble myself with the help of my darling make-up artitst (06 faces who i rushed beyond comprehension) to my long-time friend and non-nonsense homie (Uju Odunukwe continues to hold me down like a true G) and walked my way down the red-carpet, struck a couple (and no more) obligatory poses and rushed in to take my seat amongst fellow nominees.
By the time my category was called up, I was calm and confident that I would not be taking home the prize, although a tiny sliver of hope still remained that was firmly doused when they announced Remi Vaughn-Richards " Faaji Agba" the winner. Was I disappointed? Not really. I had read up a tiny bit and learned that the esteemable Remi Vaughn-Richards was a film and documentary-film maker of incalculable experience and so if anyone was to take it, she should have been the one. However it was only a few days ago that I watched a trailer for the documentary " Faaji Agba" and I highly recommend and Insist, that if you are a music lover of any sort, and interested in African music, YOU MUST FIND A WAY TO SEE THIS PIECE.
Watching the trailer reminded me that it's so easy to get caught up in the surface things of this world: nice car, good hair, gorgeous make-up and forget that as film-makers, actors, media broadcasters, we have a higher calling to draw attention to causes, culture and stories that would otherwise be lost.
I learned that when things go wrong, sometimes it because you are heading in the right direction and the enemy tries to thwart you're progress; and sometimes, it's because the universe wants you to pause, take stock and prepare yourself a little better for the tasks still to come.
oh and Also I learned that Nigerians SLAAAY a red carpet on a Global scale. #ProudlyNigerian