003 Secret Son by Laila Lalami & Last Flight To Abuja

by Ijeoma on September 22, 2013

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In this week’s podcast I review Secret Son by Laila Lalami and the Nollywood movie Last Flight To Abuja.

Secret Son by Laila Lalami

laila lalami, secret son, african lit nollywood hitThis story is set in Morocco, in the city of Casablanca. I for one have never watched the classic movie Casablanca though I have heard about it a lot, and after reading this book, I must say that I am now very curious to watch the movie to see how much of the Casablanca Hollywood portrayed matches up to the Casablanca portrayed by Ms. Lalami in this very intriguing and immediately captivating story.

As you might guess, Secret Son is about a boy, Youssef El Mekki, whose birth was kept a secret from certain people. As we journey through the young man’s life, we go through the ups and downs that he also goes through in the quest for his true identity. In my review, I share some parts of the book that really stood out to me and why.

There wasn’t much about the book that I didn’t like except for the fact that outside of the basic French and Arabic phrases, a lot of the other non-English words went over my head. That does not detract at all from the story though, but I am sure if I spoke those languages better I would grasp the true depth of the message being conveyed. The author did explain that basically, translating some things into English would result in too much being lost in translation and I can totally respect that.

Secret Son is a smooth flowing story and a very engaging book to read. I highly recommend it.

Last Flight To Abuja

Starring – Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Jim Iyke, Jide Kosoko and Celine Loader

This movie was based on true events and is about a plane that experiences some technical problems and then has to make an emergency crash landing. This has got to be one of the best-made Nollywood movies thus far. The film quality is great and it doesn’t have that usual “home video” quality that a lot of ¬† Nollywood films do. The story lines are very well set up and well developed and they do an excellent job of inserting flash forwards and flash backwards in to wrap the entire story together in a neat package.

The actors and actresses in this film are some of the top Nollywood talent and they don’t have that whole “over-dramatic” thing going on. One of the things that was also very impressive was that whoever did the music score was spot on. The music played for different scenes actually matched what was going on in the scene…amazing! The movie also had a good soundtrack.

Even for those who aren’t typical Nollywood movie fans, this is a good watch. It is just under an hour and a half (which is considered short for most Nollywood movies) but the length is just perfect.

Check out the movie trailer below.

Final rating: Must See

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Mary C. September 22, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Interesting comment about wanting to read Secret Son after looking at the font. I though I was the only one who considered that.
After listening to your review of Last Flight, I definitely want to to watch this movie!

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