How to Make a Badass Nollywood Action Movie, According to ‘Brotherhood’ Screenwriter Abdul Tijani-Ahmed

Everyone you know is probably talking about fraternity. The crime action movie, which follows Falz and Tobi Bakare as brothers on opposite sides of the law, has taken over African cinemas with people hailing it as one of the best Nollywood films ever made.

You know who to meet if you didn’t like the movie

As someone who wants to make movies one day, I had to track down Abdul Tijani-Ahmed, who co-wrote fraternity with Jadesola Osiberu, for all the essentials on what it takes to create a world as entertaining as the one I’ve seen in movies. Get out your pens and start writing things down.

Make sure your characters have cultist names

Having an action movie with boring character names is a big no-no. If you were thinking in that direction, you better start not thinking now. Choose the scariest names you can find – like Shadow, Poison and Kalashskinov, to make your character sound like a Russian villain – even though the film is set in Nigeria.

Confusing the public by making good and bad brothers

Action movies usually have good guys and bad guys, with audiences always looking for the good guys. But where is the fun in that? We decided to make it difficult to choose a side by making the brothers the main opponents. But that’s still not the case, so we made them twins!

Close the Third Continental Bridge for a major shootout scene

How many movies can say they closed the third continental bridge as if it was their garden? Action movies need high stakes, and what’s more important than shutting down the Third Continental Bridge? It’s either you go big or go home and drink some Ribena.

The choice is yours.

Sam Dede, because why not?

Are you really a Nollywood stan if you don’t know Sam Dede? Of die another day at Igodo and the legendary isakabaSam Dede is one of OG Nollywood action stars. have it in fraternity felt like a tribute to the past, and it killed its part.

If you can’t find Sam Dede, hunt down Saint Obi.

Lots of confrontational scenes to give the audience a high BP

You cannot reassure your audience. It is not allowed. They came to the cinema to watch an action movie and be thrilled, which means they woke up and chose violence, so give them that violence. Every time they think it’s all over, add another confrontation scene to surprise them like the NEPA bill.

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Add romance and intense kisses to calm everyone’s nerves

Characters cannot fight and fire guns every time; they need to have fun too. Moreover, a little mouth meet and greet here and there is needed to help cool the audience. It also gives everyone relationships to ship – should I choose #Wamsi (Wale and Kamsi) or #Aldie (Akin and Goldie)?

Make all characters relatable, even the villains

It’s always important for the audience to see themselves or someone they know in your characters. From the guy who wants to live a responsible life but that black sheep in the family won’t give him peace of mind, to the friend who’s just a lunatic in every situation, your characters need to feel real.

Lots of car chase scenes because Tom Cruise doesn’t have two heads

If Hollywood can do car chases, flip cars and blow them up, then what’s stopping you? Tom Cruise and Marvel don’t have two heads, my dear. Look for kerosene and blow up this car today.

Scenes in dark bars with billiards and smoke

Every action movie has these scenes set in dimly lit bars with people smoking like hell, playing pool, and doing shady deals. For maximum effect, we have more than one. A word of advice: the more smoke, the better.

A dramatic death scene

You need a death scene that will make the audience cry. Think of Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame or Mufasa in The Lion King. If the audience isn’t plotting revenge on your character’s behalf, your movie has yet to begin.

Disclaimer: This is all bants, so take my advice at your own risk. LOL

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