You should grab for yourself as I did, a huge glass of some cocktail with a splash of vodka, some ice cream; I’d generously mixed it with pistachio nuts, caramel, Oreos and chocolate chips. In between sips, scoops and little chunks of beef lasagna, I listened to the part one and two of these audio series. Such shameless foodie and Art lover, I know.
These audio series got me entwined, glued and locked down almost surprisingly. I listened to a few minutes in part 1 during some journeys but completed the part one and two at home. I couldn’t ignore the fact that I wouldn’t be satisfied until I finally listened to all of it.
In a few simple words, the story is about Tina, a competent and established fashion designer living in Lagos who gradually finds herself mixed up in romantic, annoying, challenging and sometimes hilarious issues of life and love.
To understand it all better, how it all began and ended or what happened to all the characters, it will require your curious minds and ears to the entire story. I will be a little generous and give tiny, little snippets in the audio series below,
“When I got to Mr Johnson’s office, his wife was there. All ninety pounds of her! Burning the place down filled with…
“I did the moonwalk out of his office and back into my car”
“He has my N200,000 for the last set of shirts delivered and I have to get it off him before madam turns him into mince meat.” Tina said.
“…I remember Mr Gorgeous… What if he has the brain of a goat, a complete looser with an amazing, hot body”
“Her hellos, got hit by a fast car and died. I wasn’t going to respond’’
“What do I owe this call… aha, so who is the unlucky fellow…” Deji said
“ …And please stop with the maam… just call me Miss Tina”
“…I still sponsored Jojo’s last music outing… I can’t be fighting with a small girl… I can’t have a broken home… I’m fifty-seven this year, all of that rushed to me when I spoke to the lawyer…” the Senator’s wife said.
The recurring and entire thesis of the author’s plot and Tina’s life about love, wishes, thoughts, her strong beliefs, business and challenges are built upon one another for the whole audio series. Layer by layer, the story unfolds and allows us to take a journey with the both the author and the various characters through their rigmaroles and challenges in life, the quirks associated with each person in the story.
On a personal and yet, unsentimental note and level, I found the characters absolutely believable, engaging and ‘persuasive’ in the way that drew the listener or audience into their story and behaviour. The plots effortlessly deconstructs into an invisible but pictorial mind view as the audience listens.
At certain times, I felt like replying some of the characters and when I had a break in between the series to do some volunteer jobs in parts of Hammersmith and Notting Hill in London, all I could think of where the characters.
They went with me all through my journeys from Hammersmith to Roehampton to the tube station in Victoria to Notting Hill yesterday, the 18th of February.
They haunted me! All of them in the series haunted and urged me to plug back in and listen to it all to the very end.
So I did.
Perhaps, it is just me and yes, varying forms of Art like these fiction series and even science does that to me. It would persuade me to delve into reading, creating and researching. Immersing, submerging completely within it all.
So again, I did listen to the end.
This proved to be worthwhile.
Joy Isi Bewaji, the author, does a fine, fluid, architectural job of constructing a story and plastering it with unforgettable memories on the life of the protagonist and little, sub plots involving other characters. It is indeed like a built mansion, that promises to look beautiful for years and even when one comes back to it, it still looks beautiful- feels solidly good to listen to. It’s is the listener’s emotions and what she or he takes away from listening to part one and two of the series that enlightens such a mansion.
My favourite part of this audio series was during the epic struggle and when the perfume was brought only for the woman to scrutinize the gift as though searching for criminal evidence.
I loved the soundtrack used. It’s all original music too! The track by Nigerian artistes M-Trill and Rraz is titled, ‘Loose’ and also produced by Bigfoot.
The perfume mentioned in the story weirdly reminded me that my own perfumes were almost finished and I needed to hit up the malls.
My least favourite or rather, worst character had to be Ben. The very one with a horrendous gutter for a heart and shredded paper for a brain.
Jojo, another character reminds me of floating, emptiness of the mind that unfortunately thinks itself enriched.
There were times, I wanted to just magically put Ben and Jojo of course in a ‘no-returning to earth’ spaceship.
I dream and wonder what would happen to the Senator’s wife in future, perhaps, a challenging twist towards Tina’s love for shoes and fashion designing if possible, in a part 3 of the audio fiction. If there would be any.
Sometimes, I wish I could see the face of the secretary and listen to her thoughts at night after she was sat upon and almost strangled by a ninety-pound pound woman. Phew!
Secretary or not, I would sue. Maybe, cook up some law suit and shake her up. Then, maybe settle out of court.
The story got my imaginations taking a cruise round the streets of London and right into the crazy Lagos life. Ikeja axis and Okokomaiko just kept creeping into my thoughts too.
I believe all types of readers would enjoy this fiction especially from the ages of seventeen to over fifty years. The hilarious and romantic aspects of the plot will certainly leave the listener with more than their own expectations. The plot resonates with what life brings to certain people’s table.
This is a great work of art for anyone who wants something a bit different from all that has been laid out in the past and yet also wants something absolutely credible and relatable. If you are such a person and know some others, then you go for it.
Right now, I truly wish (you know that entertainment and media company I own in my head and heart for years) I could develop this fiction into a movie or TV series- that is how thoroughly satisfied I was and how hungry the inner walls of my imaginative, creative mind got rumbled.
Have a listen to parts one and two.
It is quite promising!
Sandra Chinonye Vivian Nwadi
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