7 Ways Nollywood Lied To Gen-Z Nigerians About University Life

June 22, 2021

A lot of Gen-Z Nigerians grew up watching Nollywood movies that centred a lot on the University experience and campus life. Some of those movies may have gingered you to want to enter University. However, we were not expecting to be lied to, bamboozled, and led astray by Nollywood.

1) Hostels

What kind of hostels were used in those movies? Because it definitely wasn’t any federal University hostels. The hostels in Nollywood were too clean, organized and not crowded. Nollywood movies would have two or three girls in a room and that was it. While in real life, some schools have as many as 8 or 9 students in a room.

2) Normal class times

I think the biggest lie Nollywood told was that University classes started at normal times of the day like 9 a.m. or even 10 a.m. Unlike real life where some people start classes by 7:30 a.m. Nollywood should please.

3) Lack of bad boys

Nollywood promised me a Jim Iyke type boy that would be completely enamoured by me and worship the ground I walk on. I got none of that. They even went as far as promising a love triangle between the notorious cultist and the small town village boy. Where is it? The lack of well known bad boys that usually come late to class in singlet and sagging shorts with a bandana tied around their neck or head is really stressing me and my homegirls.

4) Lack of a will to live

The characters in these Nollywood movies seemed so excited to be alive. This is very unlike University life where the collective will to live of your entire department can fit into one of those mini bags. A lot of University students do not want to be alive, so how come the ones in Nollywood do? Something is not right.

5) Lack of bad girl bullies

Not only are there hardly any bad boys, there is also a scarcity of bad girls. Sure there are baddies and slay Queens, but what about the girls that are meant to be bullying others because they did not have the latest phones. Where are the girls that go around school reminding everyone else that they stink of poverty?

6) Children of powerful government officials

The biggest lie Nollywood told was that a Senator’s child will attend the same Federal University as the child of a civil servant. Whereas, majority of them schooled outside the country. How did they convince us that the President’s daughter would be in a Federal University? If any of them were to even school in Nigeria, it will be in one of those Universities that cost millions of naira to attend. The leaders are scared that the people might take their anger out on their children.

7) The girls aren’t fighting

I was expecting drama, suspense, intrigue, but I got none of that. Apparently, the fear of rustication hinders anyone from fighting inside the campus. Why then did Nollywood always show the two top “big girls of campus” bitchslapping each other because of a man?

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