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Nollywood Reinvented: Review of Ndani TV’s Gidi Up Season II

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Pic 1Last week was huge for the internet world!

Okay, maybe I exaggerate just a little bit, but after more than a month of waiting, Ndani TV finally released the final episodes of the second season of Gidi up. Commence binging!

For those who don’t know, Gidi Up is a short series by Ndani TV that follows the life of four friends living in Lagos and their “pursuit of happiness, success and independence”. So are you thinking flashy cars, flashy clothes, sugar mummies, sugar daddies, hot babes, and even hotter guys? Well, then correct! But more than that, Gidi Up is more than a superficial drama because laced within all the Lagos heat (temperature-wise and drama-wise) it also brings to the surface relevant societal issues.

Before I go any further let me warn you that this review may contain significant season spoilers.

For those who watched the first season you will notice that a lot has changed from season 1 to season two. {Watch Season 1 here} The changes were in cast, the changes were in length, the changes were in content and the changes were in quality.

Personally, I did not feel much of a pull towards season 1. It was neither spectacularly entertaining nor fascinating. It lacked that pull that shows like Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Scandal or whatever your specific brand of poison is that keeps the audience coming back. Most of the appeal of season one was in the presentation. It was the hype, the looks, the cast, the colors and, for those of us in diaspora, the nostalgia.

The second season, however, improves on the first. The presentation is better than ever and the photography is nearly impeccable. There is immense thought and coordination in every scene from the color coordination between the costumes and the sets to the angles of the camera shot. O boy, you do not need a degree in filmmaking to appreciate this art.

This season also brought a slightly new cast. Whether it is ‘new and improved’,  however, is up for debate. Amongst the new cast members include O.C Ukeje as the new ‘Obi’ and Titi Sonuga as the new ‘Eki’.

In the case of O.C Ukeje joining the cast, it is simply a stroke of brilliance. O.C adds to everything that he is involved in and not to fault the old guys but O.C killed it. The first time I saw O.C. as a ‘player’ was in the 2013 Charles Novia rom-com “Alan Poza”. In Alan Poza, his representation as a player seemed out of place, ridiculous and darn near comical. I did not believe a second of it! Fast-forward to Gidi Up and O.C has my heart – and yes darling, I will accept your offer. Please rip your heart out of your chest and write my name across it.

O.C: “How many times do you want me to propose to you? Do you want me to take my heart out of my chest and write your name across it? Because I would if that's what it takes”

O.C: “How many times do you want me to propose to you? Do you want me to take my heart out of my chest and write your name across it? Because I would if that’s what it takes”

On the other hand we have Titi Sonuga who replaces Oreka Godis. And this is not my love for Ms. Godis speaking, but the highlight of her performance in this show was her braids. I spent more time marveling over exactly how many people are required to braid hair that long – I mean do they even make X-Pressions that long? – than I did believing her representation of her character.

Right next to the cast, colors, and photography (before we even arrive at the parties and cameos) the secret weapon of the season for me was Folarin – insert hashtag, #FolarinOfLife, #DeathbyFolarin, #OMGItsFolarin.

Folarin’s character is played by Daniel Effiong. Last season he was nothing but an errand boy. But hello season 2! Big things happened, and what can I say, boys go to prison and return as MEN.

The appeal of Folarin’s character is not in his looks or in his wearing a maroon checkered suit and bow tie – and he pulls it off well, if I do say so myself. The appeal of Folarin is in his audacity, in his unbridled no-holds-barred ambition, in his desire and ability to go and get it. If you ever liked Frank Underwood of the Netflix original series ‘House of Cards’ then you will know why I love Folarin. Kudos to the genius of the writers responsible for switching this inanimate character into the life of the party. When an opportunity was created for his character to fall by the way side, the writers took the “road less travelled” and turned the game up. Now, Folarin is playing with the big boys. Truth be told, I would watch an entire series, season after season, based on this character.

The show brings the laughs. It has amazing cameos, and genius script twists that it keeps you interested for long enough. The second season ends with many questions still left unanswered like : “what is up with Tokunbo, really?” “Is Obi going to get with the smart TV lady or is he going to finally realize that he is into Eki?” “What is going to happen to Jola’s rapists?” “I thought Ikechukwu was permanent cast now? Why is he in only one episode?” “Will Yvonne and Meka learn how to kiss without sounding like they are sucking on straws?”…

I guess we have to wait for season 3 to find out.

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30 Comments

  1. beauticious

    August 21, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I thought that they made 13 episodes for this season. atleast that is what toolz said on the juice
    And another thing, I thought Obi was into Yvonne, where did Eki appear? never saw that coming

    • Ndani TV

      August 21, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      The season is actually not over yet. The last 4 episodes will be uploaded in September. Episodes 9 and 10 on the 15th of September and Episode 11 on the 22nd and the season finale, episode 12 on the 29th of September.

    • Ndubuisi

      August 21, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Good to hear this i thought season two is over.

    • Enny

      August 22, 2014 at 10:18 am

      HA till September Loun Loun !!! … Am going Cold turkey o… #Gidiup

    • Busola

      August 22, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Ndani TV why that long? that’s like a whole month from now…..

    • Taye

      August 22, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Too long – 1 episode a week would have even been much better instead of having us wait for so long #justsaying

    • dee

      October 2, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Are we going to have a season 3?

    • ngz

      September 20, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      @Ndanitv would there be a season 3???

  2. Ndubuisi

    August 21, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Gidi Up is the best TV show/web series ever come out of Nigeria the production quality and style is something i have never seen on TV since i have been living in U.S. for the past 10 years i hope all TV shows and movies to learn a lot from NdaniTV.

    • anon

      August 22, 2014 at 9:41 am

      You’ve been living inthe US for the past 10years and your grammar and tenses dont reflect that?

    • Bo

      August 22, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      The average American can’t even speak good English, so what has living in the US for the past 10 years got to do with having a good command of the English language. I beg…chill!! (coming from someone who’s been in the States for 22 years)

  3. jinkelele

    August 21, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    the blog got it wrong, the season has not ended oh

    I actually like Titi as Eki, I thought Oreka was a bit bland, but I do admit those braids where a wonder

  4. tunmi

    August 21, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Folarin is no Francis Underwood. His expression still comes across as someone smelling rancid meat. His character is interesting but even with Underwood’s scheming, I could connect with the character in a way that I can’t with Folarin.

    O.C. was a brilliant addition. His scenes give me life. Sharon is also lovely to watch as is the Yvonne character. Eki… She is not given a lot to work with but the little she has, she does well with it. I felt her dread when she went for that abortion.

    The best thing about this series really is the cinematography. It is pretty to look at and it is nice to hear our own English and to see Lagos. Take that out, it is seriously struggling. But I do have hope for it. The actors need work, better directing. I want to see more of Jola. And thank goodness for Iretiola Doyle

  5. BA

    August 21, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    the old Obi over the new obi though…

    Ndanitv we await the remaining episodes.

    • Save Naija!

      August 22, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Agreed! Old Obi has more swag! Nothing against O.C, but I preferred first season Obi.

  6. akinrelere

    August 21, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    @Ndanitv on twitter said 12 episodes and I guess u meant yvvone or eki sista jola

  7. NaijaPikin

    August 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    The aerial shots are beyond amazing.

    I love that while pple are speaking proper, i’m not hearing any nonsense fone.

    Obi is def the star of the show (in my opinion). His scenes always grab my attention.

    Kudos to Jadesola Osiberu. She’s definitely doing a better job than 98% of nollywood directors and producers.

  8. Myne Whitman

    August 21, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    But NR, this is not the end of the season. Good review though. I warmed up to new Eki when the pregnancy issue came up, I think she delivered, I was almost crying in the rain with her.

    OC got some good lines, and I think he and old Obi are just at par, he can do better.

  9. Shadie

    August 21, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Abeg who is this one that is writing a review. How baseless season 2 just started and I am loving it. Using Bella to promote your blog for free. Dry people.

  10. former rapist

    August 22, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Dis nr are fond of abusing actors…..I rember reading one of dier reviws and they abused beverly naya…..I am surprised dat they did not abuse many people here sef

  11. Janet

    August 22, 2014 at 2:31 am

    I agree with everyone in saying OC is the star of this show. His acting is head and shoulders above the rest of the cast. However I do like Yvonne and folarin, even meka sef.

    LOVE THIS SHOW!!! Season 2 is looking good, characters and cinematography is awesome, let’s hope the next few episodes and season 3 continue to get better

  12. Tayie

    August 22, 2014 at 5:45 am

    This is not a Review. More like an opinion piece.

  13. Africhic

    August 22, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I almost forgot about the old Obi, and I totally forgot about the old Eki.

  14. ty

    August 22, 2014 at 10:48 am

    i lovvveee gidiup!

  15. nene

    August 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    the best thing about gidi up is the cinematography, hands down. the story is ok, nothing different, some of the acting is good, and some of the acting is just unbelievable (in a bad way). a few positive highlights for me would be adesua etomi (her acting is very real and flows), somkele iyamah (however, she needs to work on being more expressive and flow natural) and daniel effiong. I’m not a fan of O.C Ukeje, so i won’t talk about him. On the other hand, titilope sonuga’s acting is not that great, and a few of the other extras (one particular skinny girl who was crying to somkele iyamah in one scene…gosh atrocious acting, and it made it into the show??). The casting director and director need to do a better job next season. If it wasn’t for the cinematography, it wouldn’t be as watchable as it is now.

    • Lmao, Nene u r my spirit animal.
      Plot is just there, some actors are gud, most aren’t (I’m looking at u, Makida Moka. Horrible. Just horrible.), somkele iyamah ALWAYS looks confused. D cinematography is the major appeal, although, there’s continuity errors. If I start talking about that Eki character, I won’t stop.
      Film maker below makes a valid point too, I just went thru a couple of NR reviews & hmmm, I’m not sure the same blog I just read wrote this review.

      ♥ Ni Ne ♥

  16. filmmaker

    August 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    A few things I nticed, seems its Ndani TV that is promoting gidi Up & not NR promoting its blog … I say this it took Ndani 2 seconds to reply which eans BN tagged them to this post as they initiated it …..

    also if U actually read NR’s review of naija films U will notice they are as bold & upfront as possible on any Nigerian or Ghanian films … so bold that na fear pple like me take look my own film review on their Blog … just my $0.02

  17. Taye

    August 22, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Like most people pointed out, this season is a 13 episode one 🙂

    I agree with what was written in the post here – OC was a great replacement, but there was no difference between the old Eki and the new Eki, don’t think either one is as bad as the other – they are just there.

    And the writers of Gidi Up should do a spin-off on Folarin – I want to know more about him. How he became an errand boy, what he does behind closed doors. i just love his character and his sneaky ways.

    And that Tokunbo – hmmm u dey fall my hand mehn, I went from loving the character to despising him in a space of 6 episodes. I have a major crush on the actor sha 🙂

  18. kehmie

    March 22, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    i like everything about gidi up. but the thing that fascinates me most, is the truth it tells about the way a certain group of people live their lives… from the fake reputations.. to the hype over things the dont have..and their love for high life when there’ve got nothing… gidi has gone a long way to bring to light the fact that , they lot that look like they’ve got it all ain’t got nada or some are just there in the middle class but yet they exaggerate the whole thing.
    i wonder how they feel when they watch this series!!! all the same man gats to hustle abeg jhoorr!!. God bless the hustlers and their hustle.

  19. Lizzie

    August 16, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Why do Nigerians have abroad complex? I was reading through the comments to see if people loved the show as much as I did. Instead ple r side dropping their immigration history and others busy hating on Nigerians in d diaspora. All this shakara for living abroad 10/22 years what will the white man now say?

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