Green White Green is about four young adults, friends, who seek a direction for their lives in the months leading to the start of their university education. They spend their days playing games, day-dreaming about what they want out of life and compete with jokes, some kind insult competition where the joke with the most laughs and support is declared a hit. They are also conscious of their different cultures and financial status.
It is a mosaic representation of Nigeria as it addresses different issues one might encounter in his or her lifetime in modern day Nigeria. The film starts with the voice of a narrator who introduces the major characters – Uzoma, Baba, Segun and eventually, Maggie. He juxtaposes their current life situation with one another, mirroring the Nigerian reality, frame by frame. Using paradox, the filmmaker highlights many issues particularly one associated with filmmaking. It was addressed by creatively having the actors argue and compare notable filmmakers in Nigeria. With no intrinsic plot, the director cleverly meanders his way around the lives of these four people who are friends. He does this with some comic scenes and the audience at the film festival were in stitches as the laughter came in bouts time and again.
It is apparent the script writer has good knowledge of the conventionalities common to most Nigerians and makes no move to polish or hide it so that while we laughed as we watched, it would seem like we were laughing at ourselves or at our lives. Subtly, it takes you through an unconscious reflection of your own struggle as a Nigerian, as one could easily relate to all the characters, either by way of living or by association. This in itself is one of the strengths of the film.
Another strength worthy of note is the film’s effortless ability to be comedic without the cliché excessive use of Nigerian pidgin, crass display and self-humiliation as is common with most Nigerian comedies.
‘Green White Green’ is not without some down moments but somehow the director, Abba T. Makama, is portrayed as a genius. He borrows creatively from different genres of film – documentary, horror, comedy, drama, adventure, etc – effectively. It is lively, rich in texture and colours, and the style is quite reminiscent with Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’. By the end of the screening, the audience at LCA Film Fest 2016 rose to applaud the genius work by Makama.