Where is the sex in Kenyan films?
25 February 2015, 14:04
Nairobi - Our film industry has been experiencing a high flier moment for some time now. Our producers and directors are producing amazing stuff, the writers are on point too and the actors and actresses are on the right track because they are all doing big things for our industry as well as going places. Lupita, David Tosh, Liz Njagah, Brenda Wairimu, Nairobi Half Life and the latest that is yet to hit our screens, The Nairobian; which we are looking forward to.
We had a struggling movie industry in the 90s and we stood at the sidelines when we would hear and even talk about countries such as South Africa and in West Africa, the Nigerians taking over screens. At one point we even has a complete eclipse of the Nigerian Cinemax taking over our homes though not a lot of people wanted to admit to watching the drama and ratchetness that it was all about. Either way, we were at a standstill. But let me talk about why I am talking about the movie industry where Kenya is involved.
Since the tantrum that our media houses have been throwing, Kenya has experienced a climatic jump in the number of internet users and most especially YouTube subscribers.
So I was there minding my own business, then a pop-up advertisement of some Nigerian movie comes up but the shocker was they were naked. For a minute I looked back at what I had searched for to make sure I was not on some porn sight. Indeed, I was not on some porn sight but it was some upcoming movie that was recently released. On the right side, there was a bunch of them; Room027, Battle of sex … (you know how you can get the story line for a Nigerian movie just from reading the title).
So it seems our Western neighbors have decide to adopt abit of the Western culture when it comes to the scenes that they want to shoot in their movies.
The thing about Nigerians is that they are able to spot a money making niche a few miles off and test its waters and good riddance to all those who do not agree. The movie that popped up had over 5 million views on YouTube. Telling you how many people will end up buying into the idea. Just because it will not show on daytime television does not mean we do not know how to use YouTube even the helps do have phones that can stream.
I am yet to see any Kenyan movies with the same, which is good because we are doing just fine without them. The problem is that we like to jump on bandwagons as Kenyans, especially if we think it will get us money. There was the race to get Nigerian men, the race to some Nigerian pastor who would get us husbands, and people flying there because they heard that is where the money is. I am not seeing it too far when we decide to try our hand in shooting explicit sex scenes. But I am sure that our ever vigilant Kenyan Films Board will be on the lookout.
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