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REVIEW: ‘Blood Sisters’, An African Cinema Benchmark

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On May 5 2022, Netflix premiered its latest Nigerian drama mini-series Blood Sisters which tells the story of best friends Sarah (Ini Dima-Okojie) and Kemi (Nancy Isisme) whose lives are forever changed when Sarah’s husband to be Kola (Deyemi Okanlawon) mysteriously disappears on their wedding day.

When Netflix released the trailer on April 7 2022, movie lovers were left in anxious anticipation, for perhaps obvious reasons. Nollywood movie producers have recently been on a rights-buying spree, purchasing rights to old classics and remaking them into modern masterpieces as was seen in Play Network Studio’s ‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’.

Perhaps the expectation was that Mo Abudu’s Blood Sisters was going to be a rebirth of the original 2003 classic of the same title by Tchidi Chikere which starred Genevieve Nnaji and Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde. But far from it. In fact, while Tchidi Chikere’s blood sisters were divided by hate and jealousy, Mo Abudu’s blood sisters tells the story of two friends Sarah and Kemi bound together not only by love but a dangerous secret that may destroy them forever.

 

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The opening scene of the 4 episode limited series shows two women dumping a body wrapped in a rug and beddings into a shallow grave, a body which will later be revealed as that of Sarah’s husband Kola, a wealthy son of a powerful widow (Mrs. Uduak Ademola) played by Kate Henshaw.

The rest of what happens in this almost four-hour thriller may perhaps be Nollywood’s greatest ever conception, winding through suspenseful themes of horror, romance, culture, sex, violence and humor, this movie is sure to keep you at the edge of your couch, or seat and whatever it is your bosom is situated on.

As screenwriter Flora Mngueshima puts it, Blood Sisters captures the various aspects of the Nigerian modern society; paternity fraud, murder, violence, sex, nudity, language, deceit, corruption, mental health, domestic abuse, tradition, style, art and family. The movie takes you into a rabbit hole of never ending suspense, carrying you through a personal journey of escape and looking for a light at the end of the tunnel even in a seemingly hopeless situation.

But that is not all, the star studded production did not disappoint the high expectations of viewers. In fact, every single cast played their character to the letter, making it even difficult to pick a stan. The character development follows a perfect pace, giving viewers the satisfaction of following each character’s journey as they fully blossom. Nothing prepares you for the secrets that unfold, as lies and secrets within lies and secrets are unraveled.

 

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Who would have imagined, that we would live to see Kate Henshaw become a wicket mother-in-law or Uche Jombo a local mother? But the industry is progressing and filmmakers like Mo Abudu are making sure to remind us that times indeed have changed.

 

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The creators of Blood Sisters got it right, beautifully written and perfectly executed with a cinematography that perfectly complements the storyline. There are however some loopholes especially with the crime scene investigation. It leaves many gaps that an amateur could easily crack, for instance, when the groom disappears from his wedding and investigations begin, it is common knowledge to do a preliminary check of the bride’s room where the groom was last known to have been, the missing beddings, rug and towels should have raised initial suspicions of a fishy disappearance or whatever happened to that photographer? Did he die? Will he return? Will he testify if there’s a trial in the second season? These lose ends leave many wondering. Nonetheless, the storyline devolves into a tactically executed story that keeps you swinging through different kinds of emotions.

One thing is guaranteed, your jaw will literally drop, just have your hands ready and in time to pick them up when they do. And No, this is not the average Nigerian movie where you can tell the end from just watching the first scene. The climax will humble you, leave you gasping for breath with many questions running through your mind.

Nollywood has scored a golden star with this one, and Blood Sisters has become a benchmark for what African cinema should be.

 

By Solomon Ter

About the writer

Solomon Terkimbi Akumun known professionally as Solomon Ter, is a Radio presenter and Producer for Asaase Radio in Accra. He is also a writer, researcher and Law scholar with over 7 years of experience in communications, justice advocacy, media and PR, academic research and brand consultancy. He’s currently the host of Accra-Lagos-Joburg on Asaase Radio 99.5mhz, a Pan-African radio show that connects Africa through music, people and culture. Twitter: @LordTer995 Instagram: @solomonter_

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‘Go back and compensate your ex-wife’ – Don Little advises Lil Win

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Ghanaian actor and socialite, Don Little, has made a passionate appeal to his colleague Kwadwo Nkansah also known as Lilwin to go make peace with his ex-wife. (more…)

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Husband of late ‘Ekwueme’ singer, Osinachi Nwachukwu charged with homicide

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has taken legal actions against the husband of late gospel singer, Osinachi Nwachukwu. (more…)

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WATCH: Darkua talks her start in music, Journey, creative process and more.

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From being the opening act at EL’s BAR VI concert to bagging a nomination at the 2022 3 Music Awards, Afrobeats/afro soul singer Darkua stopped by Ameyaw TV to talk about her musical journey. (more…)

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Rappers shy away from collabs because of unnecessary comparisons- Eno Barony

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Award-winning Ghanaian rapper, Eno Barony has blamed the lack of rapper-to-rapper collaborations on unnecessary comparisons.

The rapper, who has constantly shown her rapping prowess in a field dominated by men stated in a recent interview that rappers shy away from collaborations with other rappers.

“I’ve not really featured a lot of rappers because a lot of rappers kind of shy away from featuring their co rappers especially me being a girl,” she stated.

According to Eno, singers are able to collaborate freely without any chance of music listeners trying to pick who sang the best, however, same cannot be said for rappers.

“Most at times there is a comparison when it comes to rap but two singers can easily feature themselves on a song without being compared.

“Nobody cares they just jam to it but then when two rappers are on a project people tend to just compare the lyrics and stuff,” she explained.

She continued; “So it’s like you guys putting your lives down you may be slaughtered at any time but this one is a collaboration, not a battle,” Eno Barony told the host.

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Sandra Ababio caused our split, happy he didn’t marry her- Lilwin’s ex-wife

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Ex-wife of Kumawood actor Nkansah Lilwin, Patricia Afriyie has revealed she has no issues with the actor’s new wife, however, her woes are geared towards Sandra Ababio.

In an interview with Oheneba Media, Ms Patricia has stated that she has absolutely no problems with Lilwin’s new wife and she’s happy that the actor chose her to marry and not Sandra Ababio.

Sandra Ababio is also a Kumawood actress who was rumoured to have had an amorous relationship with the actor. Even though the two have denied their relationship on various occasions, Lilwin’s ex-wife, Patricia has confirmed that indeed there was something going on between Sandra and Lilwin.

Ms Patricia Afriyie alleges that, Sandra Ababio was the cause of their split and has dared the actress to deny the news.

“Lilwin started disrespecting me as soon as Sandra came into the picture. Lilwin told me I wasn’t Sandra’s class. I was shocked she wasn’t the one Lilwin ended up marrying,” she said in the interview.

“I saw her nude photos on Lil Win’s phone, that was when I believed what I was told that she was dating him,” she added.

Ms Patricia Afriyie has become the subject of the media following her ex-husband’s remarriage.

Over the weekend, Lilwin announced to the world that he had gotten married again to one Maame Serwah who is reportedly based in the Unites States.

Photos of the wedding went viral on social media and has since become a big topic with so many controversies surrounding Patricia’s marriage to the actor.

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I met Lilwin at 14, had our first child at age 15- Ex-wife reveals

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Ex-wife of Kumawood actor Nkansah Lilwin, Patricia Afriyie is revealing some details of she and the actors relationship before it ended.

Ms Patricia Afriyie has become the subject of the media following her ex-husband’s remarriage.

Over the weekend, Lilwin announced to the world that he had gotten married again to one Maame Serwah who is reportedly based in the Unites States.

Photos of the wedding went viral on social media and has since become a big topic with so many controversies surrounding Patricia’s marriage to the actor.

Detailing how she met Lilwin, Ms Patricia revealed that she met the actor when she was only 14 years old.

“I was 14 years when Lil Win and I started being intimate. He met me when I was 14 and we started dating. I was a class 6 student. I was in school till JHS 3 when I became pregnant. I was pregnant with my first child at that time,” she said.

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“Prior to that I got pregnant at age 14 and had a miscarriage. I gave birth to our firstborn at the age of 15. Then seven months later I got pregnant with the second born”.

Ms Patricia also revealed she met the actor at a time where he was struggling to make it as an actor.

“We’ve been through a lot of hurdles since I met him. There were times we had to soak and drink gari before going to bed. People even tried to advise me against him. They tried to stop me from dating him but I had hope that things will get better. I met him when he was an upcoming actor and a shoe seller,” she said in the interview.

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