2022, why are you running? Just a couple of months ago, we were out on the streets shouting happy new year, and now, we’re in the sixth month of the year. But before we settle into June, find out the people running for president after the election primaries (We hope you have your PVC) and face Nigeria with full vim, let’s dive into some of the fun projects we’re looking forward to in the new month.
1. Another Nollywood remake……will this slap? Let’s see.
Glamour Girls — Bunmi Akajaiye
Nollywood is taking this remake — or should we say “using the title of an old film to sell a new film with a similar story” route — seriously. Following the success of Living in Bondage: Breaking Free, Charles of Play has made it his life’s mission to remake all our favourite Nollywood classics, whether we like it or not. While his plans haven’t always slapped (Nneka the Pretty Flop was a moment we’d like to forget), we’re intrigued by a new take on the OG bad bitches from 1994’s Glamour Girls. This retelling of a story of women trying to hustle their way to the top features Sharon Ooja, Toke Makinwa, Joselyn Dumas, Lily Afe and Nse Ikpe-Etim. Are we in love with the trailer? Next question, please. But this is a major Netflix production produced, directed and starring women. So if there’s one thing we’ll do, it’s support women’s rights (and wrongs, in case the movie ends up being terrible).
2. Falz has a six-pack now….oh, and there’s an album too.
Bahd — Falz
Whether you like it or not, Falz is an icon for this generation. When he’s not leading movements and giving the government headache, he’s creating amapiano bangers with Niniola and tearing up the dance floor. Following up 2019’s Moral Instruction, Falz is set to drop a new album titled, Bahd, with guest features from Tiwa Savage, The Cavemen, Chike and BNXN. While his abs on the album cover might be distracting, we’re really excited for this one.
3. New Omah Lay album? Inject it!
Boy Alone — Omah Lay
Breaking out at the height of Ms. Rona with the hits, Bad Influence and Damn, Omah Lay has since become an unstoppable force in the Nigerian music scene. He has dropped banger after banger nonstop (show us a bad Omah Lay song, and we’ll show you the bin your taste has been hiding) and is set to put out his first solo album this month. If the album sounds anything like our current obsession, Woman or our last obsession, Understand, then we’re in for a treat.
4. Nollywood is going back to juju and we’re here for it.
Ile Owo — Dare Olaitan
With New Nollywood constantly churning out ensemble comedies to break even at the box office, it’s always exciting to see a project that goes in a completely different direction. Ile Owo is a horror film that follows a young woman who discovers that her billionaire fiancé isn’t who she thought he was. Then again, is any man who he says he is? Starring Efa Iwara, Tina Mba, Bisola Aiyeola, Temisan Emmanuel and Mofe Duncan, the film’s trailer is scary AF and has us trying to figure out what the hell is going on. It also has a lowkey old Nollywood feel, and we’re here for it. We have high expectations for this film because the director Dare Olaitan is the brains behind one of our favourite ensembles, Ojukokoro. Dare, please, don’t disgrace us.
5. Simi has taken a break from giving us couple envy to drop a new album.
TBH — Simi
Can you believe it’s been almost ten years since Simi decided to give her heart to an armed robber in the name of love? Tiff came out in 2014 and yes, we’re all old as shit.. TBH is Simi’s second album after 2017’s Simisola, and so far, we think it was worth the wait. There are many standouts tracks on the album, but Balance with Adekunle Gold has to be our fave. And no, it’s not because we’re still praying for them to open their marriage to the public.
6. Dr. Sid is moving from your playlist to a cinema near you.
The Order of Things — Dr. Sid
Remember when Pop Champagne and Surulere had us in a chokehold? Dr. Sid is making a big comeback to the scene, but it’s not in the way you might expect. The award-winning singer is releasing his debut film as a director, and we’ll definitely have our eyes out for this one. His film, The Order of Things, stars Timini Egbuson, Lily Afe, Lateef Adedimeji and Di’ja (Yes, the same Dorobucci Di’ja). While an artist pivoting to a different field can be tricky, Dr. Sid schooled at the New York Film Academy, so maybe this could work. We’ll just have to wait and see.