Social media and online streaming platforms are undoubtedly the main drivers of Nollywood. The fact that Nigerian movies and TV shows have become household names in the global film industry is due to their availability on social media and streaming platforms.
Several decades ago, this was not the case when only a few Nigerian films made it to international film festivals. However, today, the ubiquity of the country’s films has earned them accolades and awards around the world.
One such movie that has benefited from the availability of streaming services and social media is the TV show “Selina Tested”.
Produced by light entertainment, the drama series revolves around the lives of two men named Chiboy and Aboy. The show explores different vices of society. Using the medium of Pidgin English, the show dealt with themes such as cultism, gun violence, drug addiction, murder, kidnappings and more.
Aye Otto, Famous Patrick, Mc Prophet, Manuchim Praize Odogwu, Mimi Nessa, Maryland Nlerum and Wisdom Isiguzo make up the cast.
Gabriella Ogbonnaya, Gwill, Michael Abba, Sibi Steve, DJ Key and Drela Onyema are also part of the cast.
For the past few months, the drama series has remained at the top of YouTube Nigeria’s trending list.
The Port Harcourt-based production has attracted a large devoted following since its release. The show endeared itself to many viewers with its witty lines such as “Your face show, your shoe shine.” Moreover, many of its viewers can relate to it as it captures their daily life on the streets of urban cities or in rural communities.
The first episode, released in April 2021, has so far garnered 1.4 million views on YouTube. Episode 20, released in January, broke the record, garnering 2.6 million views. Episode 19 garnered 2.5 views on YouTube and Episode 21 garnered 2.9 million views.
What made Selina Test the “IT” series?
Since it started airing, Selina Tested has also garnered followers outside of Youtube (where it has over 300 subscribers). Additionally, the TV show’s page has over 21,000 followers on Instagram.
Here are some reasons why we think Nigerians love the show.
Slangs: Trust Nigerians to become obsessed with a movie with lots of slang. Nigerians love how slang is effortlessly integrated into conversations. For example, the title of the TV show itself is slang for bulletproof.
pidgin english: Selina Tested stands out in an industry where speaking English is the norm by opting to have all character dialogue in pidgin.
The depiction of street life: Unlike most Nigerian TV shows which focus on average life and class love by classy and cultured people, Selina Tested reflects what happens on the streets, giving viewers a glimpse into a world different.
Realism: Judging by other comments on Twitter, it seems like each episode lets viewers connect with the characters, bringing a touch of realism to the fictional drama series.
Cinematography: Although Selina Test’s production company is relatively small, to some extent they do the special effects, camera movements, and other visuals for the film.
moral lessons: Notable for the adult themes she portrays, Selina Tested sometimes finds a way to communicate a strong moral message.
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