Another year, another existential crisis. 2022 is over, and what have we done? Where does it all go, the time? Another year closer to death, oy vey. There’s no answer to such thorny, intractable questions – but looking at the bigger picture helps a little. It’s hard to feel too despondent about 2022 shading into 2023, for instance, when you see Efthymia ‘Efi’ Nikita posing in her osteoarchaeology lab with a human skull (excavated in Amathounta) dating from the 7th century AD. We don’t know much about that long-ago person, whoever they may have been – but it’s a fair bet that they too fretted about 658 having been and gone, and were convinced that 659 was finally going to be their year.
The director and producer of the film, 2023 Dan David Prize Winner Saheed Aderintọ, is a leading cultural historian and authority on Nigerian popular music.
Oladeinde Olawoyin, Premium Times