NdaniTV is one of Nigeria's pioneer web channels. With their commitment to telling alternative Nigerian stories, it wasn't a surprise when they shared the trailer for a new show, Lagos Big Boy. The show is written and directed by the brilliant mind behind Ojukokoro (Greed), Dare Olaitan.
Lagos Big Boy is about the pursuit of stardom in Lagos, a metropolis that is as unforgiving as it is dynamic. The use of colour, film set, and camera angles make up for some of the actors’ mediocre performances.
In this episode called "Mr. Microphone", we learn that Babajide or BJ (Gbolahan 'Bollylomo' Olatunde) is an aspiring singer and the glue that keeps his friends together. Ebuka (Chuey Chu) is a hustler and Tunji (Tosan Wiltshire) is a tad naive. While the secondary characters are all a bit one-dimensional right now, we hope to see a lot more character development as the show progresses.
As solid as Olaitan's direction is in this episode, the true standout is the music supervisor who's responsible for our favourite scene: Idris King's "Squad" playing in the background as the trio of friends arrive at a music video shoot.
Watch the pilot here: