Hello beautiful people! I’m pretty sure you all have a lot planned out this weekend. Please this weekend, SAY YES to everything. Like Shonda Rhimes, make this year your “Year of Yes”. Make spontaneous decisions and have your own kind of fun.
I’m not much of a socialist, I love the weird things – Public Speaking Club, Etiquette Classes, Spoken Word Poetry etc. I’m sure you get the picture now. Okay, I’m blabbing. Let me go straight to the point. While Friday night is usually the night for “balling” and “chilling”, I decided to carry myself to the arts theatre in school to see this Nigeria movie : YELLOW CASSAVA. Prior to seeing it, I’ve been seeing the posters round school but with zero details. My roommate mentioned the movie again to me in the morning, this time around with the time and venue and I figured out “Why not!”. I made a mental note to go after I was done with classes. I rushed back to the room at 4pm because my bag contained plenty things and by 5pm I was looking for someone to see the movie with me. Everyone was forming and telling me No! I swallowed my rejection and finally found a course mate : VICTORIA! (Let me see anyone who would ask me for my Garri)
We went quite early. The time was 5pm but the movie began at 6 : 30pm – AFRICAN TIME!
About YELLOW CASSAVA :
‘Yellow Cassava’ stars Nigeria’s top actors Segun Arinze, Monalisa Chinda, Chidi Mokeme and Emeka Ossai, among others is aimed at informing and entertaining Nigerians on how they can improve their diets and health.
Vero (Monalisa Chinda) is an Agricultural Extension worker, who has been sent to a rural area to sensitize the populace on the bountiful yield of yellow cassava as well as its health benefits. Her fiancé, Dan (Chidi Mokeme), will have none of that; but this is a no-brainer for the young lady, leading to untold conflicts in their relationship. In Amuro, the village where she is working, she also faces a lot of opposition from Chief Blacki (Segun Arinze) and Chief Dr. Okpu (Emeka ‘Torino’ Ojukwu).
Topical issues like the need for a male-child in many African societies, office politics, blackmail and physical-cum-psychological attack are subtly visited in this film. For instance, a woman with grown-up children continues to conceive solely because she is searching for a male child, the only way she can be assured of her place in her husband’s house!
The Yellow Cassava brilliantly advocates urban-rural migration rather than the opposite. The screenwriter must be commended for creating Dr. Zack (played by Emeka Ossai), the character who gives Vero the moral support that helps her to live in Amuro. It would have been difficult for Vero to cope with the attacks by the agents of her adversaries save for Zack, a medical doctor, who chooses to ply his trade in his community of origin.
It is unusual to see a movie that employs intrigues and irony in telling a story built around cassava, of all subjects. Zeb Ejiro returns with this didactic project, which is a big leap for him/his team in particular and Nollywood in general: a business concern (Harvest Plus) believes that films; of which The Yellow Cassava is one; are veritable tools in educating the public on the benefits of their products. Refreshing.
(Review from Pulse.ng. Because If I do the review myself I may tell you about the whole movie. Haha)
So after the movie my people, Segun Arinze and Emeka Ossai now came on to the stage. And they said they were going to give stuff to people that asked and answered questions. I’m not one to give up on opportunities. So I introduced myself and I told them I was from Owerri and my heart melted when Segun Arinze said “Imela kpole“. I felt like going back to the village and planting this yellow Cassava. Okay, so I told them that my village people eat a lot of cassava – they do. But they eat white cassava. I asked about their awareness program in the villages because so many of these people may not know about yellow cassava and I asked how one could be a volunteer. One Mr. Paul answered the question and with that, Segun Arinze called me up front, gave me the 5kg bag of Garri and the plenty snacks and EMEKA OSSAI stood up and HUGGED ME! Jesus! Sadly, I couldn’t get anyone to take a proper picture, my phone died on me. And when I mentioned pictures, he said “GERRARAHIA” and added “We would take outside”.
People asked a lot of nice questions most of them science related and it was somewhat confusing for me because they were using terms like thermodynamics and UV Rays and plenty things. On top Garri kwa?!
A boy asked if the normal white Garri that is mixed with oil is the same with this yellow Cassava Garri and the answer was no. Someone else asked how we could distinguish white Garri mixed with oil and yellow Garri and the reply was that they make look alike but in order to avoid this, they have made centres in states where you could buy. In Ibadan there are 65 centres presently.
They also mentioned that Vitamin A and the white packaging didn’t go together and asked why they didn’t use a black bag for the packaging.
Sister wee you buy Garri in black nylon?!
After the movie, we took pictures with them but like I said my phone was dead and I have no idea how I’m going to get them. I’m pretty sure the blurry ones I took would be sufficient.
So guys if you’re interested in this yellow Cassava you could inbox me, I got their contact and I would be glad to share it with you. Maybe yellow cassava is the new oil.
N/B : I made a pot of oha soup few days ago and forgot to buy Garri from the market. THANK YOU JESUS!