Why ghosts ‘flog’ humans in Nollywood movies


I am not particularly a huge fan of Nollywood movies, but I sure take glances when i get the chance. Particularly love watching the funny ones. Comedy resonates well with me. Research has shown that one of the benefits of laughter is the fact that it strengthens the immune system. Back to the movies, I recently got really engrossed in one. It was such an interesting watch until the unimaginable happened. A character that had died earlier reappeared in form of a ghost to flog a living character ruthlessly. I dropped my glass of water the moment I viewed further only to see the supposed ghost sweating profusely. That was ground-breaking. I never knew ghosts could actually flog people until that moment… I laughed so hard I couldn’t control it. Just like anyone would. Now, that movie was going well until that point where I noticed the flaw. At that moment, all the hard work already put into the flick seemed pointless, the message defeated. This is exactly what happens whenever we spot a flaw. By default, we instantly point it out or speak out -particularly when we have invested or contributed to it in some way.

When Iphone6 buyers discovered their phones could bend when placed in back pockets – a clear design flaw – they yelled out. The problem was dubbed Bendgate and it trended on social media sites for days. Rival smartphone maker CEO even weighed in at a recent event when he said “I would challenge you guys to bend our BB passport.”

People are always on the look out to spot something that isn’t going right around them. This could be the blame-game campaign strategy adopted by most political parties, the police officer that relentlessly demands bribe, the employee who isn’t as productive as they should be or corrupt leader that embezzle funds with impunity. This roll is endless.

Spotting these flaws is nothing personal, its feedback. We all need people who will give us feedback, that’s how we improve.

And what this (feedback/flaw) should activate is improvement. Nothing is transformed in a single day. Improvement happens in small steps. If you receive negative feedback, learn and make efforts to improve. Brain scan studies reveal a vital instant, 0.25 seconds after an error is made, in which people do one or two things: They look hard at the mistake or they ignore it. Those who pay attention to it learn significantly more than those who don’t.

No matter how good you get or you have done, you can always get better/do better, and that’s the exciting part. The journey of improvement begins with I.



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10 thoughts on “Why ghosts ‘flog’ humans in Nollywood movies

  1. Yoruba film subtitles. Certain relationships of mine. The messy state of our governance in this country. These are but a few of the things that need improvement around me.

  2. You know, I thought, ghosts flogging humans- I could live with that. But the ghost sweating while doing it, I rolled with laughter 🙂

    Nollywood has come a long way, and we’re still inching forward. I saw a couple of good movies this year.

    1. Thanks Monale (for reading at the office 🙂 ) I agree with your approach. Will definitely be more effective focusing more on what the receiver is doing right/differently (and more successfully) than in previous attempts.

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