This morning Netflix pushed a Nollywood tv series at me, Far From Home: a poor boy gets a scholarship to an exclusive private school "for the 1%," where posters advertise Chess Club and Choir. The promo shows the poor boy walking into class: a Femme Boy smiles at him, an Arrogant Jock glares at him, a Mean Girl sizes him up, and a Nice Girl helps him tie his tie. Wait -- Nigeria is one of the most homophobic countries on Earth. There can't be a gay character -- can there? I'm reviewing the first episode to find out.
Obviously this is a dream. Ishaya (Mike Afolarin) awakens late for work. Nice beefcake shot as he rushes to get dressed.
Scene 3: Back in his horrible hovel. Ishaya's friend Michael (Moshood Fattah) wants to know why he needs money so badly: "I won a fellowship to study in London with the famous artist Essein, and I need to raise money for air fare." Suddenly he remembers that he has to buy the cake for his sister's birthday party, and runs out.
Scene 5: Ishaya offers to sneak his sister into the Open Exam. On the ritzy grounds of the Academy, they almost get smushed by a car. The passenger calls them "gutter-trash" and yells "You don't belong here!" I can't tell that they are poor by looking. Maybe in Nigeria you can.
Scene 11: First day of school. At the assembly, Ishaya sits in the only available seat, next to smiling Femme Guy (Emeka Nwagbaraocha).
Scene 12: After the assembly, Femme Guy is buddying up to Ishaya, when a Femme Adult named Atlas (Olumide Oworu) gushes over: "Frankincense, is that you?" "My name is Frank now." Arrogant Jock pulls him away. I don't understand. Has Frank turned straight, and rejects people from his old life?
Scene 16: Ishaya delivers the fake transcript to the Principal. "Great, now we just need to call your old school to verify it." "Um...er....um..verify it?" He desperately calls his friend Michael to ask him to pretend to be a school official.