NIGERIANS KICK AT WIILL SMITH’S EFFORT TO SPEAK NIGERIAN ACCENT IN NEW HOLLYWOOD MOVIE, THE CONCUSSION
Nigerian doctor, Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic Neuropathologist and Will Smith
Its no news that some Americans mock Foreign accents and in some cases laugh out loud or pretend they cannot understand it. Nigerians are not immune to this caricature of accent by Americans hence when Will Smith debuts in a movie trying to be like Dr Bennett Omalu a physician from Nigeria of Igbo extract who was an athlete while attending Federal Government College Enugu, Nigeria and University of Nigeria Enugu Medical School before moving to the United States of America, most Nigerians recall the mockery they some times face at work place by puerile colleagues and mostly ignorant Americans. Hollywood star, Will Smith stars can be seen struggling to put up a Nigerian accent in the new biopic movie entitled, Concussion where he is playing the character of a Nigerian doctor, Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic Neuropathologist who single-handedly made the first discovery of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) after he conducted an autopsy on former NFL player, Mike Webster. The movie centres around Omalu’s struggle to get NFL executives to recognise the life threatening disease.
The goal of the film however, is to highlight Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, which is common in individuals with a history of multiple concussions and other forms of head injury; An affliction suffered by dozens of deceased former players, like Junior Seau.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Bitsie Tulloch, and Albert Brooks also appear in “Concussion.”
The movie which is from the stables of Sony Pictures is set for release in December, on Christmas Day 2015.
However, Nigerians are more than furious after watching the trailer of the movie. Opinions have been buzzing, lashing at Smith’s terrible “Nigerian” accent. Regardless, trust Big Willie, he’s gonna make an amazing character.