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Nollywood…Why? “Educated Housemaids” makes a Case for Genevieve’s Comment

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Educated HousemaidAll through this week, one of the major talking points in the entertainment community was Genevieve Nnaji‘s response to a question about why she does not act in many Nollywood movies.

The interview quoted Genevieve to have said;

…Having practised my art in international and professionally produced stories like “Ije“, “Mirror Boy” and “Tango with Me“, I don’t think I can return to the blandness and mediocrity that characterised Nollywood in the past.”

After backlash from Nollywood players including directors who called her “ungrateful” among other choice words; the actress backpedalled and disassociated herself from the quotes.

But seriously, while the new wave of movie makers and forward-minded veterans are producing great content, the vast majority of Nollywood movies still fit the same envelope – Runs girls, gratuitous “soft porn-esque” sexuality, violence against women, mediocre storylines and the list goes on. That said, we are told – it SELLS! Apparently, that is what people want to watch.

Case in point “Educated Housemaids“.

"Educated Housemaids" actress Juliet Mgborukwe

“Educated Housemaids” actress Juliet Mgborukwe

This multi-part movie has grabbed over 300,000 views on YouTube. The synopsis says;

How far should a person go in the search of true love when the road to finding ‘the one’ is paved with a bit of promiscuity. Young, handsome and wealthy Mr Fab has come up with an unusual tactic to finding the right woman but eventually realised that Love isn’t something you find, Love is something that finds you.
An intriguing and captivating movie with lots of humour.

However, within the 3 minutes of the trailer, we see violence against women via a slap, sexual moaning and lots of “humorous” abuse. During the course of the film, the lead character forces himself of one of the Educated Housemaids, the Educated Housemaids hook up with one another and also the lead character – Mr Fab. By the way, the movie is rated PG! Not 18, Not R…

So was Genevieve wrong? Is this not “blandness and mediocrity”? You decide!

Let us know your thoughts!

52 Comments

  1. http://gistville.com

    July 5, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Busted! Genny is right but some directors are just too complacent to admit it

    • Nollywood REinvented

      July 7, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      I am just amused at anyone who retorted negatively to Genevieve’s initial comment. Just because you don’t like the truth doesn’t make it any less true.

  2. laila

    July 5, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Na wa o! I am just so shocked that this is rated PG! PG!!!! This should be rated R

  3. nene

    July 5, 2014 at 9:48 am

    i watched this movie on youtube. what a load of trash, the acting, story, everything.

  4. ***slim dee** a.k.a. lorenzO

    July 5, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Genny u too much joor haters make ina sit down for ground jawe….

  5. Tunji

    July 5, 2014 at 10:34 am

    The truth is bitter… no matter how it is said…

  6. twenny

    July 5, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Crappest movie ever!!!!!

  7. sainatasha

    July 5, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Why would Genny disassociate herself with that statement? Is it not the truth? You said it, so what? Haters keep on hating but my Genny has said the truth. Mtchew!!

  8. Danny Daze

    July 5, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I dont know why we keep on making crappy movies…For God’s sake there are lots of Good stories out there..I will like to see books like sugar girl,the slave boy(the return of shettima)…and the likes on our screens

  9. mrs chidukane

    July 5, 2014 at 11:18 am

    People that enjoy Nollywood movies and people that make them are largely delusional. They never accept that the movies are trash.Lets face it,majority are trash. Genny was spot on and shouldn’t have backtracked

  10. goldfinch

    July 5, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I also think that Mirror boy is crap. I was utterly disappointed by the story line. Even an amateur writer would have written a better story. The acting nko? Let me not even go there. I felt like asking Obi Emelonye to pay me back for wasting my precious time. After all that unnecessary hype for the movie. Truth be told, majority of the movies showing in the cinema are terrible as well. Only few of them are really worth it (think Kunle Afolayan and the likes).
    It’s just all about the hype and wash wash red carpet.

    Meanwhile, didn’t Genevieve deny describing Nollywood as bland and mediocre? Why is BN insinuating that she indeed made that comment?

    • nene

      July 5, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      agree with you

    • Idak

      July 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      I am still waiting for around for that flick.
      That was two hours of my life that I keep regretting. It was utter crap.

    • Idak

      July 5, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      I am still waiting for a refund after seeing that flick.
      That was two hours of my life that I keep regretting. It was utter crap.

    • O~Intuition!

      July 5, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Truly… Mirror boy has a disappointing Story line. I’m not a fan of Obi Emenlonye Movies tho’
      … I’d Rather pay to watch a Amaka Igwe(RIP), Kunle Afolayan, Emem Isong …movies, at a cinema.

  11. sugar sugar

    July 5, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Tank yoy goldfinch! Bellanaija am disapointed! Which one is “is geneviev not right? We dnt need an insulting comments like she made to let us know they are lots of crappy movies in nigeria, if u guys want to go into movie scrutiny,let us know and nt gratifying a statement geneviev made and has even denied o! N u go ahead to prieview dis movie like u were paid to do it? Pls how good are d following movies? Mirror boy,journey to self,the place (u cud kll urself with anger n hate desmond and uche jumbo after u watch d place) last flight to abuja,weekend get away,I could go on and on! Bt you guys never previewd or lashed out at d nonsense most of these movies are,Ice queen geneviev has spoken,and u guys bring yourself to this level of Low to gratify her statement? To say dt u guys are even aware she has dissociated herself from d movie and pledged her loyalty to nollywood.shame bellanaija!

    • mrs chidukane

      July 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      What BN did is called trying to spark a debate or conversation. No need to burst an artery .i don’t know why we always have to resort to insults or name calling to pass our points across. Just type in a rational, respectful manner and be done with it.

  12. Amh

    July 5, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Genny go …… Urself. Bi…………. Hm. Mediocre.

  13. Beeee

    July 5, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    The world would be a much better place if we all learn how to read and comprehend before commenting on posts.

    • Rose

      July 5, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      You just said it Beeee, understanding seems to be as tough as reading for some. Quite unfortunate!

  14. chee

    July 5, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Just when my respect for Nse etim was growin she starred alonGside this “fab” guy in I come lagos,I felt so bad and blamed myself for wasting my time on trash,genny is so right,whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well!

  15. Mary Cole

    July 5, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Every comment made here is spot on. I used to love watching a lot of the original movies made by nollywood actors/actresses, now, I do not waste my money and time to watch them at all anymore. Seriously, all the producers and directors and everybody involved, need to sit and reaccess, discuss on improvement. Some are good, some are blaah.

  16. Mary Cole

    July 5, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I wholly, totally and unequivocally 100percent agree with Ms Genivive on this issue. Try producing more quality movies…you can do it.

  17. ao

    July 5, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I don’t enjoy Ms. Nnaji’s acting or the majority of movies that she’s been featured. What has been her contribution in improving the quality of Nollywood movies?

  18. MsTilii

    July 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I REST MY CASE
    If I talk they wil say MsTilii is hating.

    Continue to praise mediocrity till kingdom comes

    AfricanMovieReviewer.com

    • BellaNaija.com

      July 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      hey MsTilli! We missed you…going to check out your blog now.

    • MsTilii

      July 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Bella, I dey ohh, I just dont blog as much especially 8 out if 10 movies are crap and complete waste of my time yo review. I wait patiently for some great classics to be released so o can review. Right now the one movie I am waiting for is “LIONS OF 76” By Izu Ojukwu starring Rita Dominic, Ramsey Nouah, Daniel K Daniel etc

      AfricanMovieReviewer.com

  19. MsTilii

    July 5, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    What is rhe name of the girl on the cover with Paul Sambo. Its long overdue for me ro out her on MsTiliis drive by list. Paul is definitely going on there too, he went from “good” to “worse” after Ladies Men.

    #TimeWasters

  20. Bimbo

    July 5, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Which art is Genevieve referring to? Her acting is just borderline average! Because she is the best thing in Nollywood( which as she said is notorious for a lot of rubbish) . She can never crack America like Lupita who displayed a far more superior talent ( even when she was in Kenya). She should pls find a seat because Nigerians have elevated her mediocre performances to “art” does not mean she should toot her own horn! Btw mirror boy was a disgraceful failure.

    • Idak

      July 5, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      I also find Lupita an average actor. Nothing special there. I know she is the flavour of the moment but I doubt she is all that acting wise.

    • Tunmi

      July 7, 2014 at 4:17 am

      Lupita was NOT average in shuga and she sure has a lot more variety than Genny. I love Ms. Nnaji but the woman is so stuck in one role and one role only.

  21. Author Unknown

    July 5, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I’ve been called unpatriotic for slamming Nollywood. My response is that I don’t celebrate mediocrity just because it originates from my country. Genevieve though has to back pedal, and I can see why. My bread and butter does not come from Nollywood or their associates.

  22. MsTilii

    July 5, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Like I said on my blog, the best in nollywod and ghana like Genevieve, Rita, Majid, have hit a glass ceiling. Their craft cannot be challeged anymore by the mediocre story lines and directing in this industry.

    They need more challenging roles that can challenge their craft and help them grow. Martin Scorcese keeps challeging Leonardo Diaprio from one movie to the next, and he became better and better over time since Eating Gilbert Grape. HE WAS CHALLENGED TO GROW HIS CRAFT..

    Sometimes I dont blame the mediocre acting in nollywood, I also blame the mediocre directors. It takes a good director to bring the best out of an actor.

    I can understand their frustruation of some of our good actors who just say yes to any script, a few of them have told me “MsTilii we got kids we got families and the bills have to paid, so sometimes you overlook how crap the script is and just do it”.

    We need more great script writers, good directors who can challenge our growing best to the fullest and production that can help us compete in international film festivals.

    2014-SAY NO TO MEDIOCRE MOVIES, DO NOT SUPPORT IT.

    • Tunmi

      July 7, 2014 at 4:19 am

      You really should check out the Yoruba movies and the underrated, vastly underrated English actors

  23. Iris

    July 5, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    First of all, Mirror Boy sucked. Full stop and no apology. She should stop including it as one of her better movies because no matter how well she thinks she did personally, the storyline was stupid. Secondly, she is very obviously right. However, Genevieve doesn’t know how to talk, and this is one of the reasons why I think even though she is the better actress, Omotola is a better ambassador (no one should please jump down my throat for bringing Omotola into this. I’m using her as a better example of how to brand yourself). There are more diplomatic ways she could have answered that question that would have showcased both the fact that Nollywood still has TONS of work to do and the fact that she was appreciative to the industry for her growth. After all, she was a major player in the mediocrity she’s now dissing. I remember her pure water roles, her cheap-looking short and spiky red weaves, and – in one movie with Pat Attah and Pete Edochie – her failed attempts at an Americanah accent. Nobody held a gun to her head and told her to act in those movies. She has grown tenfold in terms of her acting skills and she did so within the Nollywood industry so she should remember that too. Meanwhile somebody still needs to be punished for Blackberry Babes. I’m still pissed about that stupid “movie.” I won’t even comment on this Educated Housegirl nonsense.

    • aha

      July 5, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      But she did not make that statement na. Abi didn’t you read her response to the issue. Can’t you tell that bellanaija is just trying to start some controversy just to earn a few clicks?

  24. camilla

    July 5, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    i love u Genny

  25. Gorgeous

    July 5, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Yoruba movies 80% of the time have better story lines. Just a mediocre translation. I prefer Ypruba movies and watch only that. Can’t be bothered by ” Lisa goes to the toilet” kind of films

    • beatrice

      July 5, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Yes! Love Yoruba movies. They are so much better than the average Nolly flicks

  26. beatrice

    July 5, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Preach BN! Abeg Gene should not have denied the statement. As if we do not know it is true. As much as I agree with you Gene, you have acted in many terrible movies. Your performance in Half of a Yellow Sun was also mediocre. Please use this downtime to work on your craft. Take acting classes etc.. Good luck

  27. Aku

    July 5, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Haven’t watched but don’t feel the writer made a strong enough case for mediocrity. Plus BN please note you can’t backpedal on stuff you either didn’t say or that was misconstrued.

  28. Mella

    July 6, 2014 at 2:37 am

    I tried watching this movie weeks ago and could not continue. It made no sense at all. Quite interesting the movie is mentioned here bcos the story line make absolutely no sense.

  29. Lee

    July 6, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Okay so I tried watching some nollywood movies this weekend, it’s been a long time I tried watching since I saw a Rukky S movie I gave up on them all. Let me just say within 30 mins I watched 6 movies each for 3 to 4 mins max. Na wa. I think what they are doing now is to show their faces and assets for the aristos to notice and start earning revenue that way. Don’t think it’s about the viewers.

  30. new bride

    July 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I’m not sure why ‘Ije’ and ‘Mirror Boy’ are her standards! I’ve seen both movies and in my opinion, a film school project would’ve been better than those two! Let’s not get carried away by the fact that they show these movies in the cinema. Genevieve needs to dig deeper and find real challenges!

  31. Http://xplorenollywood.blogspot.com

    July 6, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    What is seriously lacking in the industry is training. Even though most of our acts have or had a knack, how many of them actually trained to be actors and how many go for constant training to horn their skills? The industry has it seriously deep rooted issues and until people put their foot down, this is all we will get…

  32. Aroes

    July 8, 2014 at 11:42 am

    The actress is sooooo gorgeous

  33. Fume

    July 8, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Tinsel is an example that we can actually do better. i liked tango with me and Ije. Mirror boy was a total wash for me. On a serious note, Producers should contact me i’ve got great stories to tell and my imagination is so on point i think i can even direct. heeheeheeeee.

  34. tunmi

    July 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    My own is that this woman is arguably the biggest movie star in Nigeria. She is not my favorite and she does not have variety but she has the clout to make a change. She has the resources to get writers and directors to improve Nollywood…she has that pull. But alas nothing. Uti kuku said it, all we do is complain. Tade Ogidan, Tunde Kelani, Gugu E. Michaels, Moses Inwang, Prince Emeka Ani, Ikechukwu Onyeka, Lancelot Imaseun, Ego Boyo, Blessing Egbe, Tchidi Chikere, Uzodinma Okpechi, Aquila Njamah, Prince Ikechukwu Kolawole, Victor Sanchez Aghahowa, Leila Djansi, Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Ishaya Bako, Stephanie Okereke, Izu Ojukwu, Akin Omotoso, Andrew Dosunmu, Kunle Afolayan, Faruk Lasaki, Chineze Anyaene Mak Kusare, Femi Odugbemi, Michelle Bello, Chike Ibekwe, etc…
    modernghana.com/movie/17249/3/top-20-nigerian-filmmakers.html
    theculturetrip.com/africa/nigeria/articles/the-best-contemporary-nigerian-directors-working-today/

    She should take on the challenge to put that clout and power to good use. Feature in shorts, take on a different role, look for the lesser-known writers and directors, do your damn research. Do historical flicks, cartoon, animation. Do something other than characterize nollywood as bland because you are the queen of it.

  35. cos I say so

    July 16, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I like how Uche Jombo took it upon herself to start producing her own movies(thats active solution not idle complaint),i like how Royal Arts Academy has taken acting to the next level…
    Let it be Constructive and not Destructive!!!

  36. Fred C Davis

    August 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    This stuff sucks.. I think Im done with Nollywood and Ghallywood. I could tolerate the bad acting when the storyline and underlying message was good (Trust in God, do the right thing) Now they are all about murder, adultery, homosexuality, and drugs; nto to mentiopn the copying of US movie scenes. Entertainment controls cultures. West African communities are about to see an explosion of homosexuality and dysfunction, worse than before.

  37. SUSTAIN

    March 4, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Educated house maids is that kind of movie u watch den feel like killing urself , de director,de producer and all de movie crew dat were involved in producing such an undiscribeble useless , creepy n messed up story …….infact someone pls hand me a gun!!!!!!

  38. Jabulani

    May 18, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Geez! Guys come on, this is 21st century there are worse movies than Educated Housemaid, beside I like it.

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