Listen to article
Life As I See It, the first book by the talented writer, Onyeka Chiemelie, made it’s movie premiere on September 21 to early rave reviews. The young writer even makes his acting debut as a character in the movie-quite admirable achievement.
According to one reviewer, the book is a series of funny and poignant short stories about 5 Nigerian women and their relationships with men. The women are totally different in every way- but their common experience is being exploited and denied worthwhile love. There is Soup who asks her boyfriend in bed if he loves her and he says No. Slay Queen is rescued from a mishap on a bus ride by a man who plans to get her phone number, but doesn’t respect her. Mommas friend steals her husband after she sleeps with both her and him. A woman in the last days of cancer regrets not being truly loved by her husband. Ada runs into a childhood friend who she sacrificed her body to help survive- he is rich now but pretends not to know her! How the theme of love denied occurs in each different story, is a testament to the writers astuteness and talent.
She says the movie is a surprising and beautiful adaptation of the book. It focuses aptly on the story of the 4th character, a woman facing the last days of cancer that regrets her hapless marriage- she is modeled on the writers Mother. In the movie the mother invokes a blessing that her children will find true love in a touching scene.
Life As I See It was shot with wide angle-close up scale scenes and on full 1080p resolution cameras. The film’s vivid sumptuous look- as well as the story it tells fully engages the viewer. Early reviews of the film are overwhelmingly positive. The author dedicated the movie to his late mother
who had a great impact on him.
Down load the book and movie on his website here-
Then send a video review to his Facebook page
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK