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Keeping Crime in the Family! Watch Alexander Etseyatse’s Short Film “4-1-9”



Saying that we’re overly excited by the entries that won prizes at the Afrinolly Short Film Competition is like stating the obvious.  With every one we watch, we feel a beam of pride surge through. Directed by Alexander Etseyatse and produced by Will Mahr, the film 4-1-9 is the story of two Nigerian brothers who are involved in an illegal family business. Starring Emilio Aquino as Ade and Vladimi Versailles as Segun. Okay so this explains the accent, guys!

Watch the video here and share your thoughts.



    March 21, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Pretty cool storyline, very classy and well produced. #LIKE

  2. Sonia

    March 21, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Worst film ever. The bad acting, mismatched characters and worst of all, the mandatory stereotyping in using a Nigerian family. There was NOTHING “Nigerian” in this family but the badly butchered Nigerian names. And no, just because the director’s name is Nigerian DOES NOT make it better.
    Mr. Etseyatse, there was no need to use Nigerian names if that’s the ONLY Nigerian element you’re offering. They could have been generic English names because it just appears that you have a complex or dealing with some self-hate issues. Anyway as I said, worst film ever. #kanyeshrug

    • OK

      March 22, 2013 at 3:36 am

      True talk

    • truetalk

      March 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      You took the words right out of my mouth. My friend and I just watched this and we were bewildered by the many misses in this movie…from the setting of a wannabe Alpacino film….totally not the Nigerian culture btw…one minute the characters are forming yankee accent then they are slipping into jand accent and let not forget their random pronounciations of the Nigerian names(producer man, Alexander abi whats your name, you really couldn’t find Nigerian actors/actresses to do these roles in the whole of the UK????), then theres the ‘wannabe’ black american type family reunion (why didnt he make it a party or some kind of celebration like a wedding or someones 60th party? thats typical to the Nigerian culture), to the random mother wearing a skirt suit?? when she’s not going to church, with her primrose hairstyle…I could go on and on…pls take tips from the South african short film…stay true to reality, don’t try and fuse cultures and then end up creating unrealistic scenarios/story lines… Try again next time…

  3. Hope

    March 21, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Man, hearing them say “Ade” and “Segun” had me rolling. LOL

  4. Anne

    March 21, 2013 at 11:23 am

    BN’s newest obsession: Short Films. :). Nice story very well put together.

  5. Alero

    March 21, 2013 at 11:40 am

    If only he had listened to his girlfriend. Funny way the Nigerian names were pronounced.

  6. masked

    March 21, 2013 at 11:45 am

    9c story and interesting way of pronouncing yoruba names….jst curious why they based their theme around Naija. Na only naija dey scam?

  7. Sonia

    March 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

    So BN, you won’t post my comment? #issorai

    • Bleed blue

      March 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Sonia…patience (with BN’s moderator) is a virtue 🙂

  8. Sweetie

    March 21, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Those pronunciations made me cringe to my bones and distracted me from d film. The least dey wud hav done is used naija actors or simply make it more blivable by learning d names 1st. Na wa…I’ll pass on dis.

  9. Tessymila

    March 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Neat! Me likey…

  10. AJ

    March 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    The biggst 419ers are the Western Goverment…

  11. GreenDiamond

    March 21, 2013 at 12:48 pm


  12. Tiki

    March 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I have to agree and say I do not see how tis short film ties in with Nigeria or Nigerians. If the names were Hlomla and Sindiwe, it could have easily been a South African film! That alone spoilt it for me. Plus the plot seemed quite weak…

  13. TerryPeter

    March 21, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I loved it, great story and beautiful short film.

  14. Na wa

    March 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    People don’t read the fine print before rushing to put down their comments.The actors are not Nigerians ,that explains the accent..ah una take pass sef.

  15. feisty chic

    March 21, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    oh please!!! even my nephew who is Nigerian cant pronounce his igbo name well. Good story though, very engaging. Should have stuck to his three codes especially the one of ‘if you see the same face twice, get away’

  16. aunty

    March 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    bad guys.. after all, them no catch am… he jejely excused himself

  17. Beverly

    March 21, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    *Long Hiss*

  18. tokunbo

    March 22, 2013 at 12:13 am

    He said SEgun not Shegun..hehehee

  19. Ngum

    March 23, 2013 at 12:03 am

    the accents are hilarious! topic a tad obvious. @feistychic: really? i wonder if the same could be said for any European/American kid born in Africa.

  20. T

    March 23, 2013 at 5:07 am

    these yoruba pronunciations are serious !!!

    • Hanny

      March 24, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      All you filmmakers, plz stop showcasing the bad conducts of Nigerians. Is it a thing of joy for Nigerians to be labelled as 419ners? Enuf is enuf! Lets look onto the brighter side of Naija.

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