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{UPDATED} BN Exclusive: 37thSTATE presents the Online Premiere of Bolaji Kekere-Ekun’s Short Film NKIRU + BlackBerry Phones Giveaway!



Last week, BN brought you the trailer to this short film, Nkiru. Following closely on its heels was the documentary called “The Lady in The Water“.

Directed by Bolaji Kekere-Ekun and produced by Nkechi Bakare of 37thSTATE, the short film delves further into the mystery of the legend of the Mami Water.

Watch the short film here.

“Nkiru” BlackBerry Giveaway
To celebrate the long-awaited release of Nkiru and as a Thank You to fans and supporters, 37thSTATE has partnered with BlackBerry to give away 2 BlackBerry phones!
Two lucky winners will each win 1 BlackBerry: 1 person will get a BlackBerry 9380, and the 2nd winner will get a BlackBerry 9220.

To be eligible to win, send the answers to the following 3 questions related to Nkiru and the Lady in the Water documentary to [email protected]:

1. What classic Nigerian book can be seen at the beginning of Nkiru?
2. What Nigerian musician’s music is featured in Nkiru?
3. Name at least 3 countries that are mentioned in the Lady in the Water documentary that have similar marine gods/orishas in their history.

Remember, please send your answers to all three questions, your full name, and your contact information to [email protected] by Wednesday December 12, 2012 for a chance to win one of two brand new BlackBerry phones! The winner will be announced here on BellaNaija.

Participants must reside in Nigeria to be eligible to win. The winner will be picked at random and must have all answers correct. Friends and family of 37thSTATE staff are not eligible to win.


37thState is pleased to announce the winners of the Blackberry giveaway.

The lucky winners are Aderemi Owokade and Abimbola Balogun
The answers to the questions are:
1.The Concubine by Elechi Amadi
2. Supersun by Bez
3. Cuba Brazil Haiti Greece Cotonou (Benin)


  1. ANN

    December 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    HISSSSSSSSSSSS….. end off

  2. leviathan

    December 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    The production is great but the acting is piss poor, especially from the boyfriend.

  3. I Can't Shout

    December 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm


  4. I Can't Shout

    December 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    ok lemme see. so they died? or…. I am confused.

  5. moxie

    December 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm


  6. Mousepad

    December 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I love!!!!!!!!

  7. amy

    December 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    would love to be on one of these short movies…any way of hooking me up

  8. Tunmise

    December 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    chi-chi! amazing!! luv it but too short jor!

  9. Concerned Native

    December 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    production good and picture quality will be an A, acting D-

  10. nina onita

    December 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    am so confused on what happened, and am guessing this must be part of an actual movie, cuz if not.. this was horrible, but good pic quality. And if its part of an actual movie, where can i find it.

    • numerouno

      December 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Google “what is a short film?”

  11. Cynthia

    December 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Nice story, very good cinematography but really really crap actors.

  12. Lue

    December 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    acting is horrible.
    this kain mami water get as e be o

  13. Mousepad

    December 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    There’s nothing crappy about their acting! These are fresh faces and with time they’ll get better. You dont always have to criticize! Someone has put out a good job, appreciate it and swing!

    • I Can't Shout

      December 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      Its crappy and you know it. They may grow but right now it’s crappy.

    • LB

      December 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      How would they get better if we lie to them that their acting was good? Learn to accept constructive criticism that’s only way you get better. They are new faces and with time they will get better.

  14. rotimi

    December 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    just sent my answers in.hope i win.Nice production by the way and good to see new breed of nollywood actors

  15. miss mimi

    December 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    rubbish. so all the hype and buil up was for this. i hope this is some sort of badky edited teaser to the main thing. . i am so upset. and where did they get these horrible actors. the only person who even tried was the huge girl in the destiny child survivior coustume.. again i say Rubbish.

  16. babylawyer

    December 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    There had better be some more to this than what I just watched!

  17. Daisy

    December 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I think it’s a good first attempt! More grease to your elbows 37thState.

  18. yeyemovie

    December 6, 2012 at 7:02 pm


  19. Sbaby

    December 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Nice short movie but go back to the drawing board and come back again

  20. ANN

    December 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Once again HISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS… end off

    • Passerby

      December 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm


  21. HABBA

    December 6, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    i like the tall girl tho! but they shud have explained the back ground of the mami water how she got it also! haba at least made it a 30min short film

  22. Scheherezade234

    December 6, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Bolaji Kex is frickin’ awesome!

  23. Tuny

    December 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Ummmmmmm…. they just wasted good production on a rubbish concept. I want my 12 mins back.

  24. Real talk

    December 6, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    This is different but captivating.Im assuming theres more to this story .May be an insight to the mermaid myths of times past. Looking forward to more of this.We don’t have many stories of ancient mythology in Nigerian Media.This seems like a start.I think people should criticise with respect and try and have some imagination. Regardless, this is a fine work of art.Where is part 2?

  25. miss mimi

    December 7, 2012 at 12:00 am

    @scheherezade234 no he is not… #truth

  26. ade

    December 7, 2012 at 12:43 am

    what kind of a stupid play is this?

  27. izzy

    December 7, 2012 at 3:10 am

    AWESOME!!! so the actors are not so good but what! my heart was in my mouth all the time! Great job, ill def be looking forward to more from 37th state

  28. Bee68

    December 7, 2012 at 3:23 am

    It was supposed to be a nice short story.. I get the concept and i can see the good quality of the production, however it could have been a GREAT production if the acting wasn’t so mediocre or sub-par. So if they had to work on something to better this production or future production, the acting would be a good place to start. I do however commend the effort made here 🙂

  29. Chi

    December 7, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Very stupid! The acting was bad! Very bad intact!! Story line was confusing as he’ll!!! What rubbish!!! Wtf was her mothers part in the whole thing!!! Smh

  30. Ona

    December 7, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Nkiru, iru fanta, okpa coke!

    • babylawyer

      December 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Lol!!! Be nice!

  31. K

    December 7, 2012 at 6:20 am

  32. I_I

    December 7, 2012 at 9:08 am

    O.K. Thought it was just me that percieved the acting as “un-real” and the story-line confusing. The only bit I liked was the Nkiru chic – she fit into the image the Director was trying to portray of a mermaid – but again, I think the bit where she was frantically searching for the boy-friend ate into her mystique.

  33. Senrere

    December 7, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I dont get it, is it the same movie i just saw people are trashing like this? This is goooood! the actors may not be perfect but they did a good job for new comers

  34. me

    December 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

    DEGGGGGG!!! Now i really want to watch this scary movie! Omgeee!

  35. haters anonymous

    December 7, 2012 at 11:32 am

    abeg its not that bad jo. yes it needs a bit of brushing up but abeg all you self certified critics should take a chill pill. ahnahn can u do all this or do it better? just be discouraging people n saying nonsense, na things like this wey de vex me. The acting needs practice but the quality is good. AWON CRITICS, please carry your bs comments else were. If u are not being constructive please shut it!

  36. Queenie

    December 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Third rate actors! Good production…Boring cast.

  37. JADE

    December 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Constructive criticism is wayy different from trashing people’s work, the acting isnt poor in my standard at least they all acted better than Tonto Dike, meanwhile u guys shud stop looking at things literally. Yes they died because the Nkem girl had to give lives to save her mother’s life which was prolly a deal they brokered, Nkem supplies Nkiru hence the death threat and counter threat and Nkem is probably tired of losing friends which is why she told her mother she wouldnt understand when her mother begged her and said please its for the last time and Nkem looking back at them sadly when she was going to bring Nkiru. As for searching for Charles, Nkem gave him a necklace that made him invisible which was why Nkiru didnt see him even at the beach but she cud sense someone was still left behind at the beach house. 🙁

  38. lady

    December 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    so u have to explain the story for us to understand, tot that’s what the movie is suppose to do… u must have been part of making this film *hugs*

  39. TheNigerian

    December 7, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    WAIT Oo! I’m confused. Is this a tv series or a movie?
    That cant be the end…Like WTH!
    Please they should make it a tv series, maybe something like SHUGA! (Just 6 episodes)
    The production was good, but then again the acting was (N)
    But all in all, it was good.

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