🤺 The Hero’s Arc:
This arc follows your character as they set out into the unknown, earn some physical reward, and then return to share that reward with their community. Based on Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, this arc is a classic in all kinds of fantasy!

🌱 The Coming of Age Arc:
An arc about the shift from dependent child to independent adult. In this arc, your character will have to learn to stand on their own, accept the consequences of adulthood, and gain the respect of their new adult world.
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The Coming of Age movies, especially with intrinsic qualities of building man, woman, family and community is best for the Nigerian film industry of today.

In my thinking, ‘The Coming of Age’ can be used to teach the Nigerian ancient African enablers. It used to be that at age 10 years the African male was shown a plot of land to crop. By age 15-18 years he was already poised to get married and raise a family.
Therefore more coming of age movies should re-energize the Nigerian male’s sense of responsibility. It wasn’t just an African thing, otherwise Alexander the Great wouldn’t have become a widespread conqueror, if he didn’t take lessons from ancient Greece’s Aristotle from age 10. He also took combat lessons from his, father, Phillips’ commander. By the time Alexander was 24, he had conquered territories. Older warriors and generals were under him.

We should produce less of mushy, romantic and sexual content in Nollywood, especially those that don’t define responsible male qualities.

Can we recall Nigerian male or female icons, so that their earliest beginnings will become studies for us to discuss the nuances of building productive personalities and communities.
I MUST ALSO ADVISE THAT, WE NEED NOT ALWAYS CONSIDER REFLECTING EXACT PERSONALITY NUANCES OF SUCH PEOPLE.

We can inhabit young generation personalities with the characters of people like TAFEWA BALEWA, YAKUBU GOWON, NANA OF ITSHEKIRI, JAJA OF OPOBO, GRACE ALELE-WILLIAMS, MARGARET EKPO, FUNMILAYO RANSOME-KUTI and create impactful movie characters.

Accordingly, we will plant the CHARACTER NUANCES or THEMATIC DNAs of such icons in CONTEMPORARY NIGERIAN SPACE and GROW CONFLICTS for INFORMATION, ENTERTAINMENT and EDUCATION.
I AM SO FIXATED ON RE-IMAGINING NIGERIAN STORYTELLING AND SCREENWRITING for NOLLYWOOD FILM MAKING.
WE NEED A CRITICAL CROWD!

By the way, some will say the only way these socially conscious movies can be made, is if somebody pays for them. Citing that they won’t be easy to monetize for return on investment (ROI). International aggregators can’t pay the real value that is derivable from making such movies. Our hope would have been NTA, but you all know the deal.

But I tell you guys, socially conscious movies need not be literally so.

That’s the most defeating idea in Nollywood.

The icons I’ve mentioned had romantic love lives.
WHAT IF YOU TRANSMUTE THEIR ‘STUPIDLY’ CONFLICTING LIFESTYLES or ICONIC IDENTITIES INTO ROMANTIC MOVIE CONFLICTS.
Have we ever thought of why Obafemi Awolowo said, his wife was ‘a jewel of inestimable value?’ Who will can prove to me BUHARI or TUNDE IDIAGBON didn’t have a love life; which we can plant in any young Nigerian character to make a movie.
You can take JUST THAT ASPECT ALONE AND MAKE A 120 minutes movie.
You can cause a NEW STORY UNIVERSE. PLANT CONFLICTING CHARACTER 🧬 DNAs and BOOM!

UNTIL WE ARE READY TO DISCUSS STORY NUANCES, WE Will ALWAYS BE SCRATCHING and MAKING EXCUSES.

And who said ROMANCE as a subplot in political story with a peculiar universe founded in the reality of historical icons couldn’t make impact.

So our B story, will become the END of Act 2 TWIST to land a perfect ending.

🌟 The Chosen One’s Arc:
Destiny is a tricky thing. Chosen ones will have to overcome a lot of obstacles as they struggle to reconcile their fate with their old identities. If they succeed, their destiny will be fulfilled—but if they fail, both they and their world will suffer.

🦜 The Rogue’s Arc:
The rogue’s arc is one of my favorite arcs! The domain of anti-heroes, pirates, and the destitute, this arc follows a character as they struggle to find security and belonging in a world that has no place for them.
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Some of you might say ‘The Rogue’s Arc’, because many in Nigeria can identify with the present political system and a throw-up of lots of such. And you are also right, because I feel like this can show that even the most unlikely of characters, even despite themselves, are capable of doing great things.

What are our peculiar rogue Characters in historical or contemporary times?

A few names can help please; Asari Dokubo, Tom Ateke, Nnamdi Kanu, etc.

What in their beginnings can give us inspiration for strong movie characters.
What aspect can do better.
The SOFT MUSHY or STRONG WARRIOR CHARACTER?
What JUSTIFICATIONS will PROVE THEM IMMUTABLE HEROES OR HEROINES?

Consider the American Westerns or the Modern Schwarzenegger etc.
Can we tell remarkable Nollywood stories with such simplicity that wouldn’t cost the WHOLE WORLD?

The ANSWER IS IN TELLING TIGHT, ON-THE-EDGE-OF-SEATS STORIES.
Recall again: we need not tell their exact stories, but can ‘steal’ their thematic DNAs and create ENTIRELY NEW STORIES.

💖 The Lover’s Arc:
Finally, the lover’s arc is exactly what it sounds like. Following a character as they slowly balance their desires with the needs of a romantic partner, this arc is all about accepting the dangers and sacrifices love requires.

I have created what one of co-worksop attendants called Story Development Farm. It should give us a sense of New Storytelling and Screenwriting Directions. That means pick a pertinent social issue, attach archetype Character functions, attach familiar cultural Characters and precipitate as many story universes as you desire. Therefore one exercise can yield as many stories as you want.

if advertising could create BRAND CHARACTERS by imbuing products and services with BRAND SLOGANS, which define their THEMATIC DNAs, we can create CONFLICTING CHARACTERS and STORY UNIVERSES ENDLESSLY. And if I may borrow from Cultural Theorist, Homi Bhabha in story universe we will have Third Place of CONFLICT, where all manners of Character functions try to establish their identities or override, there surely will be endless CONFLICT evolving endlessly like series or episodics. Each episode carries what Bhabha termed hybridized essence evolving endlessly.
Now the good news is as you switch ROLES OR CHARACTER FUNCTIONS, new stories emerge, new protagonists, antagonists and other archetypes are realized. There you go with new universes!

Efeffiong Akpan
Master storyteller

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