Now, Nigerians can use the sentence, "Netflix and Chill" without looking around awkwardly.
For those of you who don't know, Netflix is an Internet Television Company that gives you movies, series e.t.c on demand (i.e when you want it)
No you cant download and save for later (I see you rolling your eyes).
You cant add your own movies (its not itunes)
but then you get to watch almost any movie in the world. (I say almost with a lot of care)
and you only have to pay between $5-12 per month. Whoop!!! Whoop!!!
What does this mean for us Nigerians. (if you bother to subscribe)
1) Get ready to pay ALOT for Data.
weather you like it or not, data is STILL expensive and erratic in this part of the world and this might be a big disadvantage. ill do a blogpost comparing dat plans in Lagos Nigeria, and link to this post.
Lets do a guestimate.
lets say you go for the popular subscription, $8= 2,200 Naira (using 275 as exchange rate)
1 video up there can take between 1gb-3gb per hour depending on your HD Settings.
so spend 5 hours per week= 20 hours per month = 20-40gb gone per month on only Netflix which could cost between 10- 30k Naira depending on your ISP
Don't forget that you are using this same Data to read this Blog, do Ofofo on Bella Naija and still snap chat.
Mhen!!! thats a lot!!! but lets be using sha. we would find a way around this.
Can you see smile smiling to the bank???\
2) You don't need to watch Pirated movies.
The news chronicles
I was a student in a Nigerian school not to long ago and trust me the go to boredom curerer for bored student is movies!!!! Did I hear you say new movies!!!
we couldn't afford 1k every weekend for cinemas (minus popcorn, drinks God help you that you have a date you are paying for) Heck, we couldn't even leave the school campus anyhow.
Now with about 10k per year, you have access to all the movies Silverbird refused to bring in. Did somebody just shout halleluiah
Those Iweka and Idumota boys will need to find another source of income soon.
3) IrokoTv and the rest of them might not suffer:
Bad belle people oya put down your nose. IrokoTv mainly caters to Nollywood. the fact that people can now watch suits (legally) on Netflix in Nigeria will not stop the fans of Jenifers Diary (That's the only thing I watch on Iroko cos I always miss it on AIT) from subscribing to Iroko TV.
Both services have different markets and the bulk of IrokoTv subscribers already had access to Netflix TeyTey. That's the easiest way I can explain it. Ibaka TV and MTN never converted me so I cant say much about them.
4) Nigerian Movies can go Global.
I am an advocate of local brand and ingrown content, so this is a win for me.
about time the good Nollywood movies get the recoginition they deserve, Producers step up their game, Tunde Kelani Makes actual money and the Yansh of the terrible ones be opened to the world.
I'm all for full disclosre so if our people continue making crap, let the world see it and stop some people from being local champions.
Now this is kinda contradicting point no 3 but I still stand by my earlier points.
this post is becoming too long.
I think I have made my point.
Let me hear what you have to say in the comments.... :)
Just an FYI so that this makes sense to you, i sew as a hobby.
i don't produce red carpet worthy clothes yet but at least i have a back up plan in case the company i work for decides to pack up and i become to lazy to apply anywhere else.
i learnt using this rural "Obioma" sewing machine
which, trust me, will give you back ache after a while.
the back ache didn't even deter me, when my neighbors started knocking on my door by 1 am and the apartment directly below started using mop sticks to hit my floor, from their Celina, that was when i realized an upgrade was due.
i literally sounded like an old train.
man cant be waking the whole neigbour hood up to sew up patches on le brothers clothes.
how do you want to start explaining that the tear was happened when he farted someday ago and hes not ready to buy a new pair of jeans....
then i started looking, and researching and scheming.
I checked far and wide, near and close and found nothing. the sellers in idumota didn't have what i had in mind, Jumia and Konga nkor, Mbanu.
i decided to ship it from Amazon US cos then the exchange rate hadnt gone bipolar and we were still flexing. \i didnt mind that it is made for the USA and our electrical voltages do not agree in anyway. I still obbught it.
i wish that was what stopped me o. you guys wont believe that the shipping company i "tried" to use to bring it in held it hostage... til NOW. Shippy Me, I dont have your time yet.
i contacted them befor i bought it and i was told shipping fee is $80 and i hapilly agreed.
when it got to them the fee movedup to $150 and i told them to send it back that i cant afford that shipping fee. they didnt answer.
mind you, this machine cost $143 o.
they now sent me a mail recently that my money has moved up to $500.
i just loled and closed the email.
they should come and steal it na,
i honestly do not have their time.
theirs is story for another post.
so my dear bros and sis, my journey has started again.
now that Konga and Jumia have something in stock (Praise Master Jesus.)
The challenge here is that i have a budget that musnt exceed 35,000 Naira and i must get the best buck for my money.
i cant purchase an item unless i see it work myself, use it, see a video or read testimonial from a reliable source.
so my people, PLEASE HELP !!!!!!
if youve used any of these machines before of you have a video(English pls) somewhere, pls help a sister...