‘Everything In Between’ flirts with issues we are still running away from in Nigeria

Posted on July 18 2017 , at 05:44 pm
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  • It tells the stories of three young professionals; Emma Okoye, Dayna Elliot and Demola Ogunjimi.

Ashionye Raccah‘s new web series, Everything In Between will start streaming on YouTube by 7pm every Friday from July 21, 2017.

Laced with themes that relate to the realities we witness in our society these days, Everything In Between is not afraid to go over the line.

The evocative series explores issues of sexuality, sacrifice, love, and societal pressure and since it is a co-production of The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs), it is easy to see why it has delved into an area many people run away from.

Whether we like it or not, or whether or not we belong to Tunbosun Aiyedehin‘s quite crude school of thought that she would ‘remove all her organs (if her daughter turns out to be one)’, you cannot deny the fact that more people are turning out to be homosexuals.

The fact that homosexuality in Nigeria is still a punishable (ridiculous, isn’t it?) offence means that many can still not openly admit that they are sexually attracted to members of the same sex.

‘Everything In Between’ tries to address the elephant in the room regarding homoseuality

The unnecessary and sometimes life-threatening pressure the society puts on young people to get married and have children is another social phenomenon causing more harm than good.

Everything In Between tells the stories of three young professionals; Emma Okoye, Dayna Elliot and Demola Ogunjimi – characters faced similar challenges and who are judged on the basis of who they are and who they love.

In a serious, yet light tone, the series scrapes through these topics successfully presenting the likes of Zara Udofia-Ejoh, Ayoola Ayoola and Denrele Edun in lights whose colours they were previously unassociated with. Throw in a little blackmail and hot steamy straight sex and you have something the audience can look forward to from July 21.

Speaking of the role this series thrust to him to interpret, Ayoola tries not to get drawn into a homosexuality debate on the night. He said, ‘It is always a challenge to play any role as an actor. I empathise with any character I play.’

He reminds the packed IMAX screening hall that he is paid to lie so good to make the watcher think it is his life.

The producer, Ashionye Michelle Raccah reminds us that, like her, we have gay friends and family members.

‘I don’t judge,’ she says. ‘I believe in God. Let God be the judge of all of us.’

The cast at the event - Everything In Between
The cast of the web series

While Zara is married, she confesses that there is a connection, a similarity between her Dayna character.

She says, ‘I have a connection with Dayna. She is like me in the sense that she is this person in the public eye and a quite different character when she withdraws into the comfort of family and away from the public eye.’

Uduak Obong-Patrick‘s directing can be applauded overall even though there is the legitimate feeling that he could have done much better in the areas of lighting, sound and cinematography.

Also, his directing of some pockets of the scenes did not help with the overall feeling. The flashback scene of Demola’s father cursing and threatening to kill him was – to be candid – poorly directed.

Bright and attractive faces litter Everything in Between and the good acting on display by Zara and Bucci Franklin especially makes this one web series worth checking out.

This post first appeared on TNS.

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