Does Will Smith Really Deserve an Oscar Nod for “Concussion”? Bolanle Olukanni weighs in

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A couple of months ago BN brought you the trailer for Will Smith’s latest movie “Concussion” where he plays the role of Nigerian Dr. Bennett Omalu.

Click here if you missed it.

A lot of the comments then revolved around his accent with a lot of people saying it wasn’t authentic.

Over the past months as awards season approached a lot of critics also stated that Will Smith’s acting was not his best yet. The ratings for the movie dropped but that didn’t stop a lot of awards platforms from nominating Will Smith is several categories.

When Jada Pinkett Smith however made a move to boycott the Oscars because of a “lack of diversity” – a statement a lot of people interpreted to mean a lack of nomination for husband Will Smith – the debate has come up again about whether Will Smith deserves recognition for his role in “Concussion” or not.

TV Personality Bolanle Olukanni has also weighed in on the issue. She shared this post on Instagram after seeing the movie a couple of days ago:

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Do you think Will Smith deserves an Oscar nod for “Concussion”?

65 Comments on Does Will Smith Really Deserve an Oscar Nod for “Concussion”? Bolanle Olukanni weighs in
  • sookie January 20, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    what is this girl saying, if you don’t have anything reasonable to say hen don’t speak atal.

    • ak January 20, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      Pls all of you should STFU

      Will smith, and Idris’ accent were nonsense.

      Why should we give them a break?

      They nail American, and british accents all the time. Plenty actors who are actually british or irish play american parts and you’re like WHOA!! They’re British?!?

      Also we’re talking about the Oscars… Have y’all heard/watched Meryl Streep when she imitates russians/ italians…. You will think she’s italian/russian…

      Acting is an art.. You need to immerse yourself in it and make the audience believe you.

      If the audience does not believe your acting (And Will did a terrible job), you have failed.

      Lets stop rewarding mediocrity simply because it is the norm.

      • zeal January 21, 2016 at 5:05 pm

        AK I love love love love your comment. Thank you. #Jadaoyacomehereandlearn

    • Me2 January 21, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      This is when I think. Will did a greet jor. Yes he didn’t speak Nigerian I anyway, then again no Amara can mobiledirect has ever girl it right

  • george January 20, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    madame bolanle the fact that jada spoke abt it doesnt mean she was referring only to will, what about idris elba too, the creed lead actor ? even if wil doesnt deserve an oscar other black actors deserve it .its just something which has been going on for a while dat ppl are becoming aware and finally airing their greivances so bolanle have several seats.

  • Chi January 20, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I agree with you Bolanle 100%

    • Ada January 20, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      you guys should just stop this!!!
      if you also think will smith didnt do a good job then you must be funny.
      do u know how difficult it is to speak so heavily like nigerians, when u travel do u speak like them, dont u feel how heavy your words land? dont even lie. that some of you guys in lagos literally force yourselves to speak with an accent doesnt mean you speak well, sorry. nobody in Nigeria can act a movie like an American with a proper American accent that all americans will agree to. you ll just choose a particular group and make them represent all Nigerians. how does your president speak?like Obama? please stop this!

      and concussuin was an amazing movie, they helped show Nigerian in another brillant and innovative aspect! that is important bikonu!they are boycotting concussion because they showed whites how they like to take the glories of blacks!

      with all the accent Bolanle has does she think she can work on E!news? honestly , NO.

      • Duh January 20, 2016 at 8:31 pm

        Idris Elbe is british. Check out his accent in Beast of No Nation. He could have done a better job. I actually thought he was playing the role of a southern African
        HE could have done a better job with the accent. That’s why it is called acting.

      • Omosexy is bae January 21, 2016 at 10:35 am

        Dear Ada , you totally miss the point. Bolanle Is NOT an actress and she will not be auditioning to work on E as an American! This is THESAME problem with us thinking only the west is good and should validate us.
        I haven’t seen concussion but I know idris Elba and Terrence Howard nailed the South African accent playing Mandela! Isn’t the South African accent heavier than the Nigerian accent??? That an actor’s job! Nigerians need to stop feeling privileged and happy that westerners notice them. It’s inferiority complex and sad! Nigeria is the MOST POPULOUS BLACK NATION IN THE WORLD!!! You’re that important and should be that respected . So stop tripping. Know your power and your worth. If Wil smith didn’t depict the Nigerian accent properly, he should have gotten a language/accent coach. Travelled here to immerse, anything but he should not gotten it right! He took Nigeria for granted and should be dragged for that.

      • iyke January 21, 2016 at 1:01 pm

        i love you sis. best comment ever

  • Spunky January 20, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Naija accent/mannerism present or not, the movie was good plus, Will Smith did great. It is not whether Concussion was nominated or not that seems to be the ish…abi Shebi na only Oyinbo Sabi churn out good pictures ni? Besides, most of the movies nominated are f***ing boring and over hyped.

  • Ronke January 20, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    The point about boycotting the Oscars because they clearly discriminate against black actors IN GENERAL should not be reduced to that of a “miffed wifey defending her man”. The issue is far deeper than whether Will Smith excelled in this particular role.

  • similicious January 20, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    You cannot give Oscars to diverse movies that are not being made. Should the Oscars dumb down their requirements to accommodate the mediocre diverse movies of 2015. I understand that in the past the Oscars has snubbed great diverse movies but this year is different. Have you seen all the movies up for Nomination this year vs the so called diverse movies that were made in 2015. Do that before you decide….

  • similicious January 20, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    The race card is becoming rather redundant. Produce more quality black and brown stories in 2016 and in years ensuing and watch the Oscars scamper

    • TheRealist January 20, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      @similicious, you say “more quality” stories (and I am giving you the benefit of the doubt that you did not just effectively equate diversity with “dumbing down”) as if there is an OBJECTIVE one-size-fits-all measurement thereof? My sister, stripped of all intellectual pretensions, most stories speak differently to different people, which is one reason that diversity is also important at the voting level (the GIGO factor). To act as if so-called “quality” is the sole factor at work in these nominations is either extremely naive or cheap sophistry.

  • SLA January 20, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Says Bolanle who speaks with foreign accent in Nigeria. So you know what Nigerian accent sounds like? Jada speaks as a black actress in Hollywood, concerning an issue affecting her community. You’re the one bringing Will Smith into the picture, she never did

    • UNKNOWN January 20, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Thank You Sla… Wondering how she knows what a Nigerian Oscar sounds like. Besides, ever heard Dr Omalu speak? His accent isn’t even perfectly Nigerian. Also, Smith got the Nigerian accent better than most Nigerians who can’t even place their accents. Thank YOU!

    • TheRealist January 20, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      @SLA, thank you! Nothing more to add…

    • blogaddict January 20, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      You said it all.

    • greg February 28, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      it would have been believable if jada had spoken up last year when her husband had no movies up for nomination

  • Uju Lilian Ikegbune January 20, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    I Like bolanle a whole lot, but the truth of the matter is, everyone mustnt have an opinion, especially if it isnt called for. Concussion is a good movie, accent or no accent, the message of the movie was understood, that is why it is called acting. Who would have played the Nigerian Doctor? A Nigerian Actor in America who will probably not still get the “Nigerian accent as bolanle calls it? Or a Nigerian Actor who will mix British, Nigerian, American and other accent together? Pleaseeeeeeeee! In the main News, when tackling someone, leave their family members out of it!

    • lk January 20, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      thank you oh!!! you have spoken well!!

    • molarah January 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      You ARE expressing your opinion here, in this comment of yours. How would you like it if someone told you to shut up, that you didn’t have a right to one? Please let’s stop this habit of muffling people that don’t see things the way we do. You think Concussion was good, she doesn’t think so. There is enough space in the world for the both of you, and all the rest of us.

  • Babe January 20, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Who ever this lady is biko keep quiet. Will Smith did a good job in Concussion. How do u expect him to sound 100% Nigerian? He played the role very well jare if not why did he get a Golden Globes Nom?

  • Me January 20, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Haba Bolanle. I love you no doubt, i’m a fan of yours but gurl hollup…you that have a non – nigerian accent is now criticizing a 100% american for his so called 9ja accent. Move joor and let us hear word

  • KMT January 20, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    To be honest I think will Smith was picked for the part to sell cinema tickets. It wasn’t an Oscar performance let’s be honest. I think that nigerian guy deserves an Oscar for selma and thst other guy for 10 years a slave.

    • Davey Boy January 20, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      David Oyelowo (Selma) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 years a slave) are both British born and raised. I believe they are of Nigerian descent. And you are right both are brilliant actors. 12 years was a better film than Selma and I think that helped highlight Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance. David’s performance in Selma was the best thing about the movie which wasn’t quite to the same standard.

  • semesee January 20, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    This issue is so deep!
    I would give you some points to think on for those that think race is not an issue: First and foremost they do not even create enough films or good roles for black people!
    Serena Williams has 21 grand slams Maria Sharapova ( 5 grandslams) . Serena has beaten Maria in all encounters for the past 12 years. Guess who has more money, sponsorships and endorsements? Miss Sharapova of course! Sorry Serena : no roles for you as “our” sponsors want a certain type of……blonde , blue eyed etc
    So think very hard, the struggles of the African American is unique to them and not something you can just trivialise.

    • ElessarisElendil January 21, 2016 at 3:06 am

      *Sigh* Who are the richest people in the world? Whites!! So you as a business person will now make somebody the face of you product who doesn’t appeal to them shebi?? Secondly you should proud that Serena has more achievements based on her TALENT not her LOOKS.

      Personally I think Maria is more attractive than Serena oya come sue me.

  • Jay January 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    “We are passionate people when we speak”. Sorry madam Bolanle but have you met Dr. Omalu to confirm that HE incorporates mannerisms in his acting?? Pls take a back seat

  • toya January 20, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    here’s the thing pple and before y’ll get ur pitchforks here is my opinion, will smith is not a dramatic actor the closest thing to a drama role he has come close to was in the pursut of happyness which remains the best will smith movie ever made. now im sure jada wasnt just referring to her hubby getting snubed but the larger context, gary f gary the director of straight outta compton deserved a nod and my baby daddy edris elba most def should have gotten a nod. whatshe was saying was that since we all participate one way or another in the industry, by either buying tickets or writing reviews etc everyone be black, white, asian etc should have an equal opportunity to be acknowldeged. question pls, im sure hollywood has nigerian actors, what happened to chwetol ejifor forgive me if i mispelt his name, who could have played dr omalu

  • Wale January 20, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Bolanle, I had to beg God to help me write this without cursing you! You host programme in naija yet you speak with British and American accents altogether. You fall my hand big time and of course, he didn’t say he deserves nomination…..At this time, we need to support our own when they speak the truth but you, Bolanle, you fall my hand.

  • Wolexis January 20, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    To start with, I’ve seen the movie and Will Smith’s accent sounded more Nigerian than Bolanle who speaks completely like a foreigner. So she shouldn’t even be talking about accent here.

    wolexis.com

  • bruno January 20, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    will smith wasnt nominated and shouldnt have been nominated.
    best actor in a leading role
    leo dicarprio- the revenant
    matt damon- the martians
    eddy redmayne- the danish girl
    michael fassbander- steve Jobs

    oya tell us who doesn’t deserve to be there. who should will smith replace? nobody. all those actors gave superior performances when compared to will smith’s performance in concussion. the kid from beast of no nation even acted better when compared to will smith.

    pls black people should chill. if u do good work, u will get recognised. uzo aduba, regina king, viola davis etc are examples. they won emmys last year who their splendid work in their different tv shows.

    tyler perry is the biggest black film maker and his movies are not oscar material.

  • June January 20, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Where do I even start ??? Why do we see blue and say it’s green ??? Why do we taste alcohol and say it’s water? THERE IS NOOOO diversity in the Oscars and we can all clearlyyyyy see it! The underlying problems are bigger than just the Oscars and we all know it. I 1000% support non – white people boycotting the oscars . It’s longggg over due!!! Some people and the media are trying to turn this issue around before our very eyes and bury it with the usual angry black woman stereotypes who knows… Jada may only be speaking because the husband didn’t get nominated But honestly in the grand scheme of things that is a tiny dot in the bigger picture . Some black people and non white people still desperately want to belong and accepted into that so called niche white circle and so will not comment or most importantly join in the boycott to truly push for change. Let’s think outside the box and take the road less traveled to bring about change. As for you Bolanle, no words… Looking at you and shaking my head. My 2 cents .

  • Ada January 20, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Nigerian accent aside( quiet difficult to perfect tbh) the movie is not that great and that’s the truth

  • molarah January 20, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Me I see her point on the accent thing. Hollywood has a habit of butchering accents up – the French accents in The Walk, the Irish accent in Charlies Angels 2, in fact too many to mention. But to draw in Jada’s reaction was a bit of a stretch. The Oscar reaction is beyond what most of us living in Nigeria can relate with – African Americans know their struggle, and we should not be quick to judge their reactions to certain things. Wetin me I know sha…

  • January 20, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    After reading your comment i said to my self what are the oscar worthy black or minority movies of 2015 apart from Beasts of no nation and i couldn’t think of any

  • Enny** January 20, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    have several seats girl. until you’ve accomplished half what Will has in his movie career alone. Who do think you are criticizing a seasoned actor and defining if he deserves an oscar nom or not. How much weight does your ig post even pull. or does it affect Wills’ career in anyway. Talking about its your opinion and all. Well your opinion sucks.

  • Lol January 20, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    The accent was shitty. Idris Elba deserves an award

    • tilda January 21, 2016 at 2:58 am

      Bolanle is not a high paid A lister hollywood actor. I watched the movie on showbox app. I am glad I didn’t pay for that, it was a lazy performance. He could have at least researched the accent. Idris Elba, oyewole, chinwetelu have all acted parts and shown their dedication to their craft by mastering accent brilliantly, just to bring their characters to life.

  • Nobetrue January 20, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I watched that movie the weekend it premiered. Please WATCH IT IF YOU HAVE NOT. This person writing is trying to get into the film critic market by saying something provocative. I felt that Will Smith channeled Dr. Omalu very well. Not every Nigerian is animated. there are some of us who only get animated when in alias mode on Bella. In public, you will think we are white or from East Africa. We are not garrulous and presumptive and pompous and insolent in one on one interactions. His accent was good for the road. That movie lifted me up as a Nigerian scientist constantly in court defending government proposals. Industry is like the mafia.

  • Web January 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    No Will Smith wasn’t snubbed of an Oscar nomination. Hell to the naw, his performance was not Oscar worthy. None of his performances are and never have been. While he was rapping, he should have taken acting classes if he seriously wanted to be a good actor. Being a rapper and having a comedy TV show doesn’t prepare you for the rigorous job of acting. It is an art form that Will Smith just doesn’t possess, no matter how much Jada thinks he does. Don’t even let me get started on those kids of theirs. They aren’t just giving away Oscars or nominations, they have to be earned. They can’t be bought. I mean this couple really cant get over themselves. You’re filthy rich, kids get all the perks even with no talent, and Will is God to the white folks. I mean what more do want? An Oscar? Step up to plate and earn it like every other actor has. You don’t get an Oscar just cause you’re rich and cause white America loves you. Who wants an Oscar to be given to them without earning it? Oh, I guess Will and Jada do. Not gonna happen so boycott away. Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington are Oscar worthy performers. Don’t even try to compare your acting skills to theirs Will. There’s absolutely no comparison.

  • Lonely Girl… January 20, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Okay you have gotten your 5 minutes fame. can we move on.

    One question? do you think they shoot shallow movies like some of the movies you watch on Africa Magic? They do adequate research and can say that since this is a true life story and the main actor is still alive then he sure speaks the way Will smith spoke.

  • Maitamachic January 20, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    With the millions of Naijas in Yankee, I’m sure they got many accent coaches for him, who would have even agreed to volunteer their time to coach him for free. The Nigerian accent is not easy to copy oh. Just like the American accent is hard to copy. Trust me, I’ve been at it for 8 years and my accent still sounds “counterfeit” lol. Please give the guy a break, he had a year to learn our conc accent. He tried o jare. Imho, on the basis of the acting alone, he didn’t deserve an Oscar.

  • Adiahamary January 20, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    As in, guy. This babe matter taya meooooo. Am askin, can dis bolanle speak d naija accent after mixing her America,British,Ghana ,Kenya accent together????

  • Africhic January 20, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I must confess that accent bothered me.

  • LittleBig January 21, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Will Smith doesn’t go deep enough when he acts. He’s a good, not great, actor.

  • Dee-USA January 21, 2016 at 3:17 am

    @Duh and @AK, did you watch the same Beasts of No Nation that I did? Idris Elba had a legitimate West African accent. Yes he and David Oyelowo are British born, but they happen to be able to speak in the accents of their parents. In Oyelowo and Chiwetel’s cases, they lived in Nigeria for some years. In Elba’s case, his Sierra Leonian dad and Ghanaian mom influenced his W. African dialect. If you want to compare his accents in Beasts and Sometimes in April (the other movie he’s played a West African) to his role as Mandela, in which he uses a southern African accent, you wouldn’t honestly say you felt he sounded South African.

    That being said, I do think Michael B. Jordan could’ve earned an Oscar nod for Creed (not as much as for his performance in Fruitvale Nation,) because he nailed that role of a boxer to the tee. He carried that movie just as well as Stallone did, and one without the other would’ve been a crappy movie. So why does Stallone deserve a nod for a role he’s played over decades, and therefore didn’t need to stretch himself as much? But Jordan who had to train to become a boxer, complete with a boxer’s mannerisms, doesn’t deserve it? I remember Mark Wahlberg getting a Golden Globe nod for The Fighter (no he didn’t get an Oscar nod, but the film itself was nominated for Best Picture,) so we can’t make the argument that boxing movies won’t garner that kind of attention.

    Do I think Jordan deserves an Oscar nod for Creed over Fruitvale, no. But it’s the same reason Denzel getting an Oscar for Training Day over Malcolm X or The Hurricane makes no sense. Or why Leonardo DiCaprio is seemingly a lock for it this year when he’s been deserving for movies like The Departed or Blood Diamond.

    My point is, there’s no actual rhyme or reason to these nominations. A bunch of humans, just like you, put up their hands (or maybe scribble on papers) to choose their favorites. The only difference is more than 80% of these humans are older white men. How do you expect them to make any connection to a movie such as Straight Outta Compton when they barely have any clue about the black (or Latino) experience? The few times they have related to the black experience have been primarily slave or race movies, which, no surprise, they have plenty education, experience or knowledge to relate to. Yes, we didn’t have that many quality roles this year, but what about last year? Didn’t Oyelowo get shafted for Selma? What about Ava Duvernay? Even when there are outstanding performances, they still get overlooked. Sadly, until we have enough minorities in the decision-making positions, both in making movies and in nominations, we will continue to see this problem happen. But we will continue to see the Jennifer Lawrence’s get nods for roles such as Joy.

  • ElessarisElendil January 21, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Ehm this is very awkward. I just googled Dr Omalu talking.

    Will Smith does not sound like him neither does Dr Omalu sound ‘Igbotic’ its still hard to escape though, what the hell is a “Nigerian accent” anyways, I’m guessing its the same thing as a British accent or an American one. I apologise for jumping on the internet bandwagon.

    youtube.com/watch?v=awhIMUJIKN8

  • Bibi January 21, 2016 at 9:50 am

    The first thing I thought when I watched the movie was Chiwetel Ejiofor would have been a better pick for the movie. I totally agree with Bolanle the accent was a no no for me. He totally didn’t sound like a Nigerian in any way. I love Will Smith but we have to tell it as it is. For the Oscars the president is black( Cheryl Boone) i am sure she will look for a way to make meaningful changes before her tenor lapses.

  • Adaeze Writes January 21, 2016 at 10:16 am

    I saw the movie at the cinemas yesterday and I enjoyed it. I laughed a little at Will Smith’s Nigerian accent and then, at the picture of his Igbo Father. I felt that he got the accent wrong because for one who spent his early years in the east and finished from University of Nigeria Nsukka, I thought his accent should be a bit thicker (anyway, not all Nigerian’s have thick accent, so I might be wrong). Now, let’s scratch the accent part and focus on the plot of the film because I doubt that the committee at the Oscars would be looking for things like ‘did he speak the Nigerian English well enough? or not!’
    I loved the story…it was very good and then, the attack on the NFL which strangely could be true that 28% of football players in America suffer from such brain problems and what nots. Do I think he deserves an Oscar? Sure, he played his role well…*asides from the fact that he was struggling with English language as though Nigerians struggle with speaking the English language’ Is there a need to boycott the Oscars? Naaa….
    You know, once you know you’ve done well, you do not need an Oscar nomination or award to pat you at the back for a job well done, because deep down you know you’ve done an amazing job!

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  • Ms_Oyk January 21, 2016 at 10:17 am

    He did good job acting as an African from any other African country with such accent.not Nigeria! i am a Nigerian born and raised in Nigeria, well travelled in Nigeria to an extent, and I havent cone across a Nigerian speaking that way. so did he act well? yes he did, did he act as a Nigerian? No no! If that matters, then, no nod… The makers didnt take time to research what being Nigerian entailed.Plus I cant stop wondering what christian priest will ask you a bachelor to house a single sister? I need help here.

    • Bobosteke & Lara Bian January 21, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      Nne, e reach to ask o. Same thing Tyler Perry did in I Can Do Bad By Myself with Taraji P. Henson’s character.

      Our senses get lulled by the unassumed awkwardness of social misfits. Something about them makes you want to reach out and rearrange them as you would a slightly skewed picture. The priest probably decide to become Assistant Holy Spirit, trying to hook a brother up who wouldn’t notice anything until it was right under his nose. But it could have backfired. Terribly. Still waters run deep. Hidden waters? Those should come with a user manual..

  • Nigerian Accent Ko January 21, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Funny that Bolanle speaks more like a British/American/Russian and blahtheblah and is going on and on about Will Smith’s “Nigerian Accent”. Watched an interview of Dr. Omalu, and he doesn’t sound like his speech pattern was heavily influenced by any indigenous Nigerian language (resulting in an accent). We Nigerians have a serious problem and it is very annoying that you bloody “celebrities” have the guts to form “standing up” for Nigerians. What do you even know is a Nigerian accent? As a Nigerian who has lived in Nigeria my entire life, I do not even think there is a particular accent peculiar to a “Nigerian” who has been exposed to western education. If you want to hear accent, go to the villages where people have spoken nothing but their local languages, then you can come and start screaming “Nigerian Accent”. Dr. Omalu does not sound like a “typical Nigerian”. There is no “Nigerianness” to his accent as far as I am concerned. I do not understand why all of you love to come and say trash when even you are so ashamed of your own local languages that you speak English everywhere and try to form “oyibo” while doing so. You better face your craft and quit trying to join the bandwagon of foolishness.

  • chi January 21, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    point of correct., as a actor, if the story is about a man, you learn from the character, the actor studies him and I believe thats what Will did. He didnt have to come to Nigeria to learn our accent all he had to do was study his character which is Dr Omalu who has been in the US for quite a while and maybe the accent he got was what Dr omalu may have protrayed. Will did a fantastic job in my opinion and he deserves to have been nominated for an oscars. PERIOD

  • Ibi January 21, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    I think the real question should be wat does a “Nigerian accent ” sound like “jenifa or falz the bad guy”, psquare ,phyno and wizkid. Or your neighbours across the street

  • triple o! January 23, 2016 at 11:20 am

    HE IS AN ACTOR!!! It is his job to perfect the accent of the person whose persona he has purported to take on. He is paid millions of dollars to do so.

    This is why Bolanle and many other Nigerians were upset about his performance, he gave no consideration to authenticity, as Americans tend to do.

  • Fola January 27, 2016 at 6:52 am

    having read both sides of the argument going back and forth let’s set a few facts straight;

    1. Will smith did a great job! Key word here is conditioning, despite the fact that he is an actor he never grew up in Nigeria and I daresay he has had sufficient exposure to Naija accent and intonations. So if one is not conditioned or exposed to certain environments one can only try. Same situation can be seen in Naija movies with the omotolas, Ramsey Noah’s and Genevieve nnajis of Nollywood and their use of fake American accents in movies
    2. Also I see a ton of Nigerians with fake American accents and you can easily see through the fraud anyway, so that goes both ways for a non Nigerian trying be Naija.
    3. The shade being thrown by the tv girl bolanle is totally uncalled for because it takes only an A lister
    Iike will smith to narrate the Nigerian story at the highest level of Hollywood for us to be taken serious. What with our terribly battered image here in the US, we still dey form. We should be glad someone is celebrating one of ours. Ask any American kid what he knows about a Nigerian, you ll hear stuff like scammers, liars, embezzlers, terrorists etc,….. The list is endless. There was even an episode of the new show “blackish” where I heard one of the kids describing an online dating conversation as a scam saying “aka Babatunde from Nigeria” so who are we kidding?

    So in conclusion, I know I ll get the side eye but let me ask, does will smith deserve an Oscar? Maybe not. But getting an Oscar nod works to our advantage as it shows that something good can come out from that messed up conglomerate of feudal tribes called Nigeria.
    As for anyone who wants to cast a stone, let them swear they haven’t bought anything from Yankee or name dropped Yankee in the last couple of days. As we all know Nigerians loove to famz”

  • Random Commenter January 27, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I sincerely think this is an ignorant comment. Abeg was Will Smith supposed to be playing Dr. Omalu – with whom he spent hundreds of hours over the course of production – or the entire Nigeria? Talking about “We are generally passionate people when we speak.”

    No sister, he is not portraying the average Nigerian. He is portraying Dr. Omalu.

  • Bisqo January 28, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Sometimes we are soooo quick to forget. Please go and watch “The Last King of Scotland” (2006) in which Forrest Whitaker won an Oscar for Best Actor in 2007, Golden Globe award for the same movie and category and many other awards. I haven’t watched Concussion so I won’t join the debate on whether Will’s accent was Nigerian enough, whether his acting was Oscar worthy or not but i will say this Forrest actually went to Uganda to prepare for his role as Idi Amin. His acting in that movie was impeccable, for me it was perfect….

    Jada is just saying what other African Americans are thinking and feeling but are not willing to take a stand. Kudos to her…

  • Bisqo January 28, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Forest Whitaker’s bio:
    imdb.com/name/nm0001845/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

    It’s a long read but well worth it.. imho

  • dickson January 29, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Na wa for Bolanle. Has she ever heard the real Dr. Omalu speak? Does she know if he speaks English like a regular igbo man in naija or weda he has changed his accent to sound more American through all the years he’s been in usa? Let me even bring it back home and say that all igbo men don’t speak English dsame way/accent. D way you speak english totally depends on the environment you grew up in. As an igbo boy, I know d way my English sounds is different from an igbo boy that grew up in ph and will be diff from d one that grew up in imo state. Let her first go listen to d real Omalu before judging. Also not all Nigerians show that mannerism she talking about. Some naija men are very meek and from watching the movie, one cud see that he portrayed Dr. Omalu as a very calm man, not domineering or loud and arrogant.

    Our problem as naija pple be say we dey tooo bias mehn. We act like na we sabi all. Na we be God on earth.

    Accent aside, weda he deserves Oscar for it is another issue. For me personally, I don’t think so. Its not so much a big movie.

  • Kstud January 31, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Sorry concussion was not strong enough for an Oscar nod, just because it was will smith and he is black does not make it an exception.

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