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What is Nollywood’s fixation on Adults in Children’s Uniforms?

ini edo uniformCulled from Romancemeetslife.com

I did a double-take when I came across this picture of Ini Edo in uniform on Instagram. My first thought that it was a flash back picture was dashed when I read the caption which goes, “Ekaette goes to school#movie title#keep a date#my life, ur entertainment”. Seriously, seriously? It hasn’t escaped me that Funke Akindele and Nkem Owoh have also acted roles that called for them to be primary school children, same as Mercy Johnson and Saka. Now Ini Edo.

I have to ask, what is the fascination with seeing these grown men and women in primary school uniforms?

I can understand actors acting secondary school roles that tie back to them as adults but that only holds water in very few cases when the actor is still in their late teens or early twenties. In your thirties and forties, even your secondary school self needs a much younger actor to be believable. Not to talk about primary school roles that require us to see you in uniform.

And in all the movies, it seems there’s always a comedic element involved. Is it that Nigerians like seeing their rich actors make fools of themselves as kids? Or that we think a child’s life of going to school and wearing uniforms is funny?

More disturbing, is it that our actors and movie producers are stuck at that stage of their lives? Or does this speak more to the audience? Is this really what the Nigerian movie watching audience wants?

Are these movies for children or adults? What are the themes or morals of these stories, if any?funke akindele uniformmercy-johnson-uniformsaka uniform

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  1. Michael

     /  October 18, 2013

    Someone has a fetish!!! By the way, when did people in significant positions start caring what the common Nigerian wants? That is if the common Nigerian knows what he/she wants.

  2. Wendy

     /  October 18, 2013

    Good questions asked….I’m baffled as well.

  3. kene kingsley

     /  October 18, 2013

    Ironically, tis’ only Ini Edo that looked good in the whole school uniform thingy….
    Everyone else look somewat funny in a demented way

  4. iloba ezinwanne

     /  October 18, 2013

    no moral values at all. dey have noting to act abt

  5. mesi

     /  October 19, 2013

    Even Saka with his bald head was acting a Primary school role?


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