Why Nigerians Are Crazy About Drama Series ‘Selina Tested’

Social media and online streaming platforms are undoubtedly the main drivers of Nollywood. The fact that Nigerian movies and TV shows have become benchmarks in the global film industry is due to their availability on social media and streaming platforms. Several decades ago, this was not the case when only a few Nigerian films made it to international film festivals. However, today the ubiquity of the country’s films has earned them worldwide recognition and awards. One such movie that has benefited from the availability of streaming services and social media is the TV show “Selina Tested.” Produced by light entertainment, the drama series revolves around the lives of two men named Chiboy and Aboy. The show explores different vices in society. Using the medium of Pidgin English, the show tackled topics such as cultism, gun violence, drug abuse, murder, kidnapping, etc. Aye Otto, Famous Patrick, Mc Prophet, Manuchim Praize Odogwu, Mimi Nessa, Maryland Nlerum, and Wisdom Isiguzo make up the cast. Gabriella Ogbonnaya, Gwill, Michael Abba, Sibi Steve, DJ Key and Drela Onyema are also part of the cast. In recent months, the drama series has remained at the top of YouTube Nigeria’s trending list. The Port Harcourt-based production has attracted a large and dedicated following since its launch. The show has endeared itself to many viewers with its witty pidgin lines like, “Your face shows, you shine.” Also, many of his viewers can relate to him because he captures their everyday life on the streets of urban towns or in rural communities. The debut episode, released in April 2021, has garnered 1.4 million views on YouTube so far. The 20th episode, released in January, has broken the record, getting 2.6 million views. Episode 19 got 2.5 views on YouTube and episode 21 got 2.9 million views. What turned Selina Test into the “IT” series? Since it started showing, Selina Tested has also gained a following outside of YouTube (where it has over 300 subscribers). Additionally, the TV show page has more than 21,000 followers on Instagram. Here are some reasons why we think Nigerians love the show. Slang: Trust Nigerians to obsess over a film with a lot of relatable slang. Nigerians love how slang blends effortlessly into conversations. For example, the title of the TV show itself is slang for bulletproof. Pidgin English: Selina Tested stands out in an industry where speaking English is the norm by opting to have all character dialogue in pidgin. The depiction of life on the streets: Unlike most Nigerian TV shows that focus on middle class love and the lives of elegant and cultured people, Selina Tested reflects what happens on the street, giving viewers a glimpse into a different world. Realism: Judging from other Twitter comments, it seems like each episode leaves viewers connected to the characters, bringing a sense of realism to the fictional drama series. Cinematography: Although Selina Test’s production company is relatively small, to a certain extent, they deliver on the special effects, camera movements, and other visual elements of the film. Moral Lessons – Notable for the adult themes it portrays, Selina Tested occasionally finds a way to communicate a strong moral message. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Why Nigerians Are Crazy About Drama Series ‘Selina Tested’