Five Filmmaking Lessons from Confusion Na Wa
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Five Filmmaking Lessons from Confusion Na Wa

Confusion Na Wa was a blast of fresh air in the Nigerian cinema experience, packing valuable lessons for filmmakers. The critically acclaimed film is some sort of landmark in the young industry, following efforts like Kunle Afọlayan’s “The Figurine”,  Chineze Anyaene’s “Ije” and Mahmoud Balogun’s “Tango With Me” in elevating the cinematic oeuvre of the Nigerian film industry. However, Confusion Na Wa stands out for its bold choice to eschew established approaches of the “New Nollywood films” which, at the time, relied on high budgets and production values, dazzling premieres and spectacle. Confusion Na Wa embraced a different aesthetic entirely. I look at five valuable lessons for filmmakers. Embrace the dark. Confusion Na Wa wasn’t finished until 2013, but the story development began in 2009, starting from a premise from Gyang’s friend that mutated into a completely new story. This story begins with a note on death and closes on the…

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