Web series are becoming increasingly popular. The YouTube platform is a solace for the producer/director who cannot get their content to a terrestrial or satellite television platform. Or for the outfit that needs to create on television channel but cannot do that on satellite TV. It is how a lot of people got to know a lot of entertainers and content creators. The Frank Donga example is a strong one. Bisola Aiyeola’s popularity before she went into the BBNaija house was from her role in a show that made its run on YouTube.
So it is of no surprise that a weekend hardly passes without a new YouTube series in Nollywood. One of such newbies is Chairman, a series that should, in all honesty, be cancelled immediately. And I’ll tell you why in this piece.
First off, Chairman is supposed to be a comedy that tells the story of a wealthy and uneducated politician, Gbadebo, who is also the chairman of the union. Muyiwa Adégòkè who followers of Yorùbá Nollywood will know as “Londoner” plays the title character. Chairman buys a newspaper company in order to facilitate his political interest, but instead, he ends up with a dying business that causes trouble on a daily basis. Imoh Umoren who is prepping to release his feature film – The Coffin Salesman – directs Chairman. It was created by Bola Oba.
Except the comedy it claims to possess is being withheld by the makers so it could come later, it has got to be a hideous joke for the creator to refer to it as a comedy. It has been a while I have had to listen to lines as unfunny as the ones in the first episode of this work. I do not know where the writer learned about comedy but one of the most important elements comedy should have is rapid pace. One of the reasons why comedy-wannabe 10 Days in Sun City was hard to watch was because of its pace.