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The Scandalous Lives Of Powerful Nigerian Women Hit Netflix

EbonyLife Films' Biyi Bandele-directed Nigerian drama 'Fifty' is now available to stream on Netflix.


While it’s too early to say whether their launch across the continent will mean a push towards African content on Netflix, one recent title addition suggests a promising development for the streaming service.

In Fifty, we’re introduced to a circle of powerful middle-aged Nigerian women. Half of a Yellow Sun director Biyi Bandele takes us through a series of twists and turns in the lead-up to a high-profile 50th birthday celebration in Lagos.

There’s Tola (Dakore Akande), a reality TV star haunted by a tragic family secret. Famed obstetrician Elizabeth’s (Ireti Doyle) thing for younger men has left her with a strained relationship with her daughter. Maria (Omoni Oboli) discovers she’s pregnant at the age of 49. Kate (Nse Ikpe-Etim) develops an obsessive relationship with the church in the face of a breast cancer diagnosis.

Nneka, Seun Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Tiwa Savage and Waje also make appearances.

Executive produced by EbonyLife TV CEO Mo Abudu, the movie had its world premiere December in Lagos. It was also the only Nigerian film to screen at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival.

As of this month, Fifty is available to stream worldwide on Netflix. Keep up with the film on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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