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REVIEW: ‘Blood Sisters’, An African Cinema Benchmark

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On May 5 2022, Netflix premiered its latest Nigerian drama mini-series Blood Sisters which tells the story of best friends Sarah (Ini Dima-Okojie) and Kemi (Nancy Isisme) whose lives are forever changed when Sarah’s husband to be Kola (Deyemi Okanlawon) mysteriously disappears on their wedding day.

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When Netflix released the trailer on April 7 2022, movie lovers were left in anxious anticipation, for perhaps obvious reasons. Nollywood movie producers have recently been on a rights-buying spree, purchasing rights to old classics and remaking them into modern masterpieces as was seen in Play Network Studio’s ‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’.

Perhaps the expectation was that Mo Abudu’s Blood Sisters was going to be a rebirth of the original 2003 classic of the same title by Tchidi Chikere which starred Genevieve Nnaji and Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde. But far from it. In fact, while Tchidi Chikere’s blood sisters were divided by hate and jealousy, Mo Abudu’s blood sisters tells the story of two friends Sarah and Kemi bound together not only by love but a dangerous secret that may destroy them forever.

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The opening scene of the 4 episode limited series shows two women dumping a body wrapped in a rug and beddings into a shallow grave, a body which will later be revealed as that of Sarah’s husband Kola, a wealthy son of a powerful widow (Mrs. Uduak Ademola) played by Kate Henshaw.

The rest of what happens in this almost four-hour thriller may perhaps be Nollywood’s greatest ever conception, winding through suspenseful themes of horror, romance, culture, sex, violence and humor, this movie is sure to keep you at the edge of your couch, or seat and whatever it is your bosom is situated on.

As screenwriter Flora Mngueshima puts it, Blood Sisters captures the various aspects of the Nigerian modern society; paternity fraud, murder, violence, sex, nudity, language, deceit, corruption, mental health, domestic abuse, tradition, style, art and family. The movie takes you into a rabbit hole of never ending suspense, carrying you through a personal journey of escape and looking for a light at the end of the tunnel even in a seemingly hopeless situation.

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But that is not all, the star studded production did not disappoint the high expectations of viewers. In fact, every single cast played their character to the letter, making it even difficult to pick a stan. The character development follows a perfect pace, giving viewers the satisfaction of following each character’s journey as they fully blossom. Nothing prepares you for the secrets that unfold, as lies and secrets within lies and secrets are unraveled.

Who would have imagined, that we would live to see Kate Henshaw become a wicket mother-in-law or Uche Jombo a local mother? But the industry is progressing and filmmakers like Mo Abudu are making sure to remind us that times indeed have changed.

The creators of Blood Sisters got it right, beautifully written and perfectly executed with a cinematography that perfectly complements the storyline. There are however some loopholes especially with the crime scene investigation. It leaves many gaps that an amateur could easily crack, for instance, when the groom disappears from his wedding and investigations begin, it is common knowledge to do a preliminary check of the bride’s room where the groom was last known to have been, the missing beddings, rug and towels should have raised initial suspicions of a fishy disappearance or whatever happened to that photographer? Did he die? Will he return? Will he testify if there’s a trial in the second season? These lose ends leave many wondering. Nonetheless, the storyline devolves into a tactically executed story that keeps you swinging through different kinds of emotions.

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One thing is guaranteed, your jaw will literally drop, just have your hands ready and in time to pick them up when they do. And No, this is not the average Nigerian movie where you can tell the end from just watching the first scene. The climax will humble you, leave you gasping for breath with many questions running through your mind.

Nollywood has scored a golden star with this one, and Blood Sisters has become a benchmark for what African cinema should be.

By Solomon Ter

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Solomon Terkimbi Akumun known professionally as Solomon Ter, is a Radio presenter and Producer for Asaase Radio in Accra. He is also a writer, researcher and Law scholar with over 7 years of experience in communications, justice advocacy, media and PR, academic research and brand consultancy. He’s currently the host of Accra-Lagos-Joburg on Asaase Radio 99.5mhz, a Pan-African radio show that connects Africa through music, people and culture. Twitter: @LordTer995 Instagram: @solomonter_

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Frederick Nuetei Nortey known professionally as Frederick Nortey is a Ghanaian Celebrity Blogger and publicist.He founded fredericknuetei.com an entertainment website and blog that primarily publishes news about Ghanaian Celebrities.

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Nestlé Launches NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 40g

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Nestlé Ghana Limited has unveiled a new coffee beverage called NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 40g.

The new product is a rich and creamy blend of coffee, creamer and sugar that provides great stimulation to start the day. NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 is packaged in NESCAFÉ’s signature red sachet. It is produced in Ghana and provides 10% more beverage than previous offerings.

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Speaking at an event to outdoor the product in Accra, Mr. Georgios Badaro, the Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana Ltd, stated, “Nestlé is committed to delivering great taste and quality with all our products and NESCAFÉ is no exception. The Original 3 in 1 is inspired by consumer insights and is guaranteed to provide the perfect start to the day.”

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Mr. Jean-Pierre Duplan, Marketing Manager for NESCAFÉ in Central and West Africa, highlighted NESCAFÉ’s dedication to innovation and renovation. “As a brand, we strive to continuously evolve to meet our consumers’ needs. This is why we have introduced the NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1. It has the rich and creamy coffee taste that Ghanaians love. It isaffordable, easy to prepare and formulated with the right energy to start strong every day!”

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Your favorite cup of NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 40g joins the delicious range of beverages NESCAFÉ has offered Ghanaians since 2003. These include NESCAFÉ Classic and NESCAFÉ Sweet and Creamy.

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NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 is made from coffee sourced responsibly from West Africa under the NESCAFÉ Plan. NESCAFÉ Plan works directly with over 20,000 farmers, offering them training in business and agricultural skills. This allows the farmers to better manage their farms, increase their yield and improve their livelihoods and contributes to strengthening NESCAFÉ’s position as the most sustainable coffee brand in the world.

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7 Weed Benefits For Skin And Hair

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Weed, often known as Marijuana, has long been recognized for its medical benefits, and it has also found its way into cosmetics. Marijuana has been shown in research to have therapeutic properties and may be used to treat various skin and hair problems. People take advantage of online vendors to get weed delivery vancouver at their doorsteps. So, how does Marijuana help your skin and hair, and what are its benefits? Let’s have a deeper look at it!

The derivatives from the Cannabis plants are used to manufacture cosmetic products. In the manufacture of cosmetic products, the plant’s seeds (hemp seeds) and oil are employed. These are rich in necessary components, vitamins, and essential fats beneficial to the skin. Hemp oil is the most widely utilized form of the substance. Let’s take a glance at the skin and hair benefits of weed.

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It may help fight acne problems.

Whenever it comes to Marijuana, further research is needed to determine whether or not it might assist clear up your skin. We know that Cannabis holds much potential for addressing skin problems like psoriasis, but there isn’t much information about Cannabis for acne.

Marijuana is an anti-inflammatory substance. Thus it may help with the unpleasant redness caused by acne and has significant antibacterial properties, which can aid in treating acne. However, specific properties present in Cannabis may be able to help combat a few of the symptoms and complications of acne.

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Cannabis may reduce psoriasis symptoms.

Psoriasis is a skin complication that induces itchy, uncomfortable red spots to appear on the skin. There is presently no documented cure for the disease. Whereas, Cannabis is demonstrated to be an effective psoriasis treatment. Weed and cannabinoids may prevent the development of dead skin cells, which is a primary consequence of psoriasis, as per a study. While additional research is needed, anecdotal evidence points to Cannabis as a possible psoriasis treatment.

Cannabis May be Beneficial For Aging Skin

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Cannabis has been shown to reduce skin aging when administered topically. According to research, CBD in Cannabis seems to be a more powerful antioxidant than vitamin C or E, making it useful in healing wrinkles and fine lines. They may also counteract free radicals, preventing them from harming your skin’s collagen and elastin, maintaining your skin tight and youthful-looking. As a result, Cannabis may improve the appearance of your skin, and it may also help maintain its health.

Cannabis May Fight Bacterial Skin Infections

Cannabis, as shown in a study, has potential antimicrobial and antibacterial characteristics that may aid in the treatment of skin ailments. THC and CBD, the two most highly used cannabis chemicals, have been shown to help with various bacterial skin diseases, including boils, cellulitis, impetigo, and even folliculitis.

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Cannabis, as per a study, kills MRSA, a bacterium that causes illnesses that are hard to treat because it does not react to many substances. MSRA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a bacteria that causes infections in various regions of the body and can be fatal.

May Aid in the Treatment of Alopecia Areata

The medical ailment is autoimmune, and it promotes hair loss. An individual’s immune system causes hair loss. It results in people losing their facial hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows in this situation. Cannabis may aid in treating an autoimmune disorder by boosting individual resilience.

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Cannabis, along with treatment, may strengthen your immune response and enable you to eliminate Alopecia Areata in the coming years.

May Improve Scalp Health

CBD oil is high in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin E, which are most beneficial to the scalp. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory, perfect for illnesses like psoriasis and folliculitis. Furthermore, it helps regulates the organic production of sebum (or oil) on the scalp, even if you have excessive amounts. CBD is an adaptogen that controls sebum production, making it ideal for oily, dry, or regular hair. It may also aid in healing dry, flaky scalps, eczema, and psoriasis.

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Weed may help in maintaining metabolism for hair growth.

Cannabis has several advantages, including a quicker metabolic rate: how your entire body metabolizes food. It implies digestion is rapid, and the body’s process works faster. Weed may also be connected to hair growth through metabolism. Take antioxidants, and herbs like schizandra, eat alkalizing meals like green veggies and drink plenty of water to prevent the ill effects of slower metabolism. Then you’ll be able to safeguard your body while maintaining a healthy metabolism.

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Hair loss can affect anyone, from a child to an older adult. It’s natural to lose a few clumps of hair every day. However, a person’s hair loss can also be severe, resulting in the loss of large chunks of hair. Consequently, individuals may have early baldness, which can hurt their self-esteem.

Cannabis products like weed and hemp are becoming increasingly popular due to the multiple health benefits, and some medical specialists have pondered if Cannabis can also help prevent hair loss.

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