Tuesday, September 1, 2015


 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.

1 comment:

Ola Kassim MD said...


It is ONLY ia movie! A make believe
form of entertainment.

Actors have been portraying individuals
from other nationalities since the beginning
of the motion picture era.

Hollywood studio executives do not fund big budget movies
to satisfy anyone's national pride. They fund movies that they are
sure would make lots of profits for their shareholders.

They need top notch actors with high name recognition like
Will Smith in order to sell the movie to the American and world audience.

The story of the hunt will continue to be told from the perspective
of the hunter until the lions learn to speak and write! And in this
case until as I hope Nollywood gets big enough to fund and
produce multi-million dollar starring fellow Nigerians for a broader

He who pays the piper dictates the tunes.

I am extremely proud of the Nigerian physician and athlete whose heroic
life story is being portrayed in the movies/

I would also have liked it better if a Nigerian actor had played the main role-
but I am willing to accept the choice of Will Smith.

We can;t always have it all at once!