Citation has received quite a favourable audience since its release on Netflix a few days back. Nigerian social media circles can’t seem to get enough and I am yet to spot a negative view. So for this spotless movie, I will give you a few reasons you should watch it:
1. It is a movie about sexual assault. I realised it is quite a sensitive subject but it is important that stories like this are out there. If you remember Sex for Grades, a BBC Africa Eye investigative report by Kiki Mordi and the case of Monica Osagie, an Obafemi Awolowo University masters student who accused her lecturer Richard Iyiola of abuse you’d understand the significance of a movie structured this way. Subtly, it is a win for Nigerian students who have had to endure abuse silently and a clarion call for justice.
2. It is directed by Kunle Afolayan: I mean look at October 1st and Mokalik and tell me you don’t “stan” this man. Afolayan who comes from a family of performers has a record of giving his best into producing a thrilling cinematic experience for viewers and Citation promises to be no different. This director and actor emphasises always the use of literature in shaping the human experience.
3. It stars Temi Otedola alongside other great actors but let’s focus on her. We have seen her design of dresses which has left us with mixed reactions. Now let’s see her acting, who knows, this might be her calling after all.
4. Obafemi Awolowo University! Yes o, OAU is the location and students alongside alumni of this Nigerian institution can’t get enough of it. The school has hailed itself as “Africa’s most beautiful campus”, now if you have never been there you might get to see why as the movie is shot mostly on the campus. I have been asked to warn you to try and avoid watching with an OAU student if you aren’t one since they can barely contain their excitement.
5. It is Nigerian and that is reason enough. I have never understood those who insist that they do not watch Nigerian movies at all. Seems like an unnecessary self-imposed celibacy to me. Nollywood is one of the world’s biggest cinema industry and the biggest in Africa. It has managed to produce international stars like Genevive Nnaji, Osita Iheme, Ireti Doyle and so on. While it is important to admit that the industry has its shortcomings it is easy to see why it is such a rave. It is purely and strictly Nigerian and no other industry can tell our stories like it will. So yeah this is me advising you to support Nigerian, it’s ours, let’s celebrate it.
Do watch Citation and make sure it isn’t the pirated copy.
Watch trailer below;