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‘ Sons of the Caliphate’ is a drama series based on the lives of three rich, entitled, passionate and ambitious young men, Kalifah, Nuhu and Diko, all caught up in the hidden corners of power, the darkness of addiction, the heat of love and desire, the obligations of family loyalty, and the craving for revenge.

The show looked into the lives and relationships of Kalifah, Nuhu and Dikko who are “Abuja Big Boys” originally from a fictional state of Kowa. Best homemade halloween costumes for men It covers many challenges faced by privileged Nigerian youth; family pressure, drug addiction, keeping up appearance, political greed and so much more.


Simple homemade halloween costumes for couples The show features strong men and even stronger women working their way through various states of emotional instability.

Right from the trailer I knew regardless of the storyline, I was going to be following this show. Best homemade halloween costumes for couples It gave the impression of a well thought out modern look into the lives of Northern Nigerians, who I feel are greatly misrepresented in mainstream Nigerian media.

Rahma Sadau, who plays the female lead (Binta Kutigi) is a superstar in the Hausa Movie industry with an insanely HUGE international fanbase! Casting her as a lead is a great way to draw in the young arewa audience for sure. Best homemade halloween costumes for teens She also had a little ‘scandal’ going on right before the launch of the show, so there was a lot of press about her and many tuned in to watch her new product as a form of solidarity.

Yakubu Muhammad, another Hausa movie star did a great job playing Dikko Loko! I must confess, whenever I click on a Hausa channel and see Yakubu Muhammad I change the channel sharply! I’m a fan of his singing (romantic songs of the 90s and 2000s) but not his acting! So I wasn’t expecting much from him. Simple homemade halloween costumes for women Surprisingly, he portrayed the part of a cunning, conniving, scheming snake quite well. Best homemade halloween costumes for women He should switch to acting in English and not Hausa.

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Rabi’u Rikadawa is another Hausa movie veteran. Cute easy homemade halloween costumes for women Me and Mr.H’s favourite Hausa actor! He is so versatile and his timing when it comes to comedy and sarcasm is impeccable! He plays a small role of a party chairman in SOTC.

If I were to be nitpicky, I’d say the one thing that bothered me were the accents! Some of the cast members tried a little too hard to fake Hausa accents *cough Patrick Doyle cough* and it felt quite forced and times, difficult to understand.

Given the profile of the characters, its unnecessary to force Hausa accents. Easy homemade ice cream recipes for ice cream makers Abuja big boys that have spent a large chunk of their lives in England do not have strong Hausa accents #fact. Simple homemade biscuits without milk They’re more likely to have English accents or a normal Nigerian accent.

The casting was quite well done, I must say! Apart from the little thing with the accents, everyone interpreted their roles wonderfully. Quick and easy homemade christmas gifts for kids My other favourites were Lottie (Yvonne Hays), Ziha (Nita Byack George), The Galadima (Ziha’s Dad) and Suleiman (Khalifa’s annoying brother quite well).

The styling was on point. Best homemade christmas gifts for kids I liked Dikko, Nuhu and Binta’s style the most.

Quick question: is Binta allergic to sleeves? Hehe. Simple homemade christmas gifts for kids Most of her looks are either sleeveless or sheer. 35 easy homemade halloween costumes for kids I don’t blame her though, I’d never wear sleeves too if my arms were that toned.

I did find some costumes to be a little “type casted” (Ziha and her turbans, evil queen and her dreary clothes, Khalifa and his tazarces) but it all adds to the background of the person. Easy homemade christmas tree ornaments for kids i.e. The italian homemade company san francisco Ziha is the daughter of a Galadima, therefore royalty so that explains her bejeweled kaftans and turbans.

To make Khalifa even more like a prince, perhaps they should dress him up in some zabuni (hand embroidered clothes worn by royalty) They are widely available in Zaria, Kano Katsina etc.

How on earth are there so many beautiful locations in Abuja? Lottie’s first apartment was to die for. Italian homemade bread recipe I liked the classic look of Khalifa and Ziha’s house too.

The location scout did an awesome job portraying modern Abuja living spaces.

Now I’m no filmmaker, so I may not be the best person to comment on this, but from a viewers perspective, SOTC was very well made! This is an area where Ebony Life beats all other Nigerian Networks. Homemade meatballs crockpot They don’t play with the quality of their productions. Italian homemade company menu SOTC was well in line with other productions from Ebony Life TV. Homemade meatballs with grape jelly and chili sauce It captures the visual richness of Arewa culture splendidly. The italian homemade company sf It’s quite pleasant to watch.

Despite ending on a cliff hanger that really irked a lot of fans (me, included), the plot and storyline is actually quite rich. Homemade bbq meatballs crockpot The story has several layers and each character is multidimensional making them human and relatable. The italian homemade company menu Besides, the writer went on twitter to reassure us that there’ll be a second season, which cooled us down a little bit. Best homemade halloween costumes 2016 Judging by the photos the actors have been posting on instagram, it seems filming has already began, so yay!

I found the story a little slow in the beginning, especially with all those political meetings. Easy homemade dog treats with peanut butter They took up a lot of time! But I understand that the creators may have been targeting both male and female audiences, so they had to man it up a bit. Homemade italian meatballs No qualms.

Then towards the end the story stared moving so fast, and before you know it, two of our favourite characters had bitten the dust.

While SOTC does a good job portraying Arewa culture to a Nigerian and international audience, there are a few minor details that will make an Arewa insider like me cringe a teeny little bit. Homemade meatballs recipe Of course I understand from a production point of view, some details need to be overlooked. Homemade baked meatballs However, just for nerdy fun, let me point some cultural discrepancies out.

1. Homemade meatballs for spaghetti The word caliphate is catchy for a show title, but what we were shown on TV was more of an emirate. Homemade meatballs easy Let me explain: In Northern Nigeria, there are several emirates sprawled across the region. Homemade meatballs and sauce Initially, these emirates were run by the Ruling Hausa family, descendants of Bayajidda. Recipe for homemade meatballs But after the Fulani Jihad of the 1800s, many of these Hausa rulers were replaced by Fulani rulers, with a central Emir being the head of this council of emirs (The sultan of Sokoto). Homemade beef meatballs So in Nigeria, a caliphate refers to a collection of emirates with a sultan at the head. Meatballs homemade Because of the size of Maiyaki’s caliphate on SOTC, Kowa Caliphate looked more like an Emirate. Homemade bbq meatballs Nitpicky, I know but hey! Only ITKs like me will know the difference.

2. Homemade italian meatballs baked The line of succession in does not automatically go to the first son of an emir. Homemade spaghetti meatballs In fact, the reason why we have kingmakers on the emirate council is to choose the most suitable heir out of all the eligible men of royal lineage. How to make homemade meatballs For example, I’m from Daura which is the origin of all the Hausa Kingdoms and the criteria for selection is to be a son or grandson of a past emir. Cooking homemade meatballs Meaning when its time to choose a successor, every living son and grandson of an emir both past and present are eligible to be chosen. Homemade easy meatballs A list is made and one by one, candidates are eliminated based on an extensive criteria (e.g. Easy homemade meatballs level of education, exposure etc). Italian homemade meatballs The past emir of Daura (Sarki Bashar) took over from his Granddad and the current one took over from his brother.

3. Homemade meatballs in sauce You cannot choose a successor while the emir is alive. Homemade pork meatballs This is actually an abomination. Homemade meatballs with ground beef If an emir were to give up the throne to someone else, he has to be exiled from the emirate (self imposed or forced, he just cannot live there). Homemade sauce and meatballs If the emir is sick and wants a break, the throne can only be held temporarily and the holder has to be the Magajin gari, who sits on the emirate council or someone specially chosen by the kingmakers and if the emir dies while the temp is on the throne, a new selection has to take place from scratch using the criteria I mentioned above.

4. Baking homemade meatballs THE QUEEN!!! Omigosh, she was my least favourite character not just because of the story but her portrayal is so far off from how a queen of an emirate or caliphate is in real life.

• Her Fashion! They did not try for the queen at all o! Please come to our fada and see how matar sarki dresses. Homemade spaghetti meatballs recipe They tried to give her an alkyabba towards the end, but alkyabbas are usually kept for outdoor ceremonial activities.

• There is no way the queen and Waziri can meet secretly outdoors. Homemade beef meatballs recipe The way our palaces are planned, it’s not possible for a queen to have this kind of privacy without her servants and handmaidens and dogarai around. Homemade meatballs and spaghetti More realistically, she would summon him to her court and send everyone out.

• She also won’t lift heavy items, bring water to the emir with her own hands in public and she definitely won’t be there while the palace is being swept, telling the servants to clean properly. Homemade meatballs oven Queens are quite regal and over pampered, this one felt a little too Jaguda, which kind of fits her evil role.

5. Delicious homemade meatballs There is no way a female servant will clean a prince’s bedroom! Especially while he is still in it. Homemade baked meatballs recipe A prince will have a host of male cleaners and attendants. Homemade meatballs and pasta Unless he is married, there is a line where females will not cross.

Personally I would say SOTC is the best regional drama I have seen come out of Nigeria in a really long time! Well done to the Creators, Writers and Producers. Homemade meatballs and sauce recipe It is so obvious that a lot of work went into this show and I am so thankful for that.

I have the complete season recorded on my DVR and I don’t think I’ll be deleting it anytime soon! Whenever I have guests looking for something to watch I find my self scrolling down to SOTC even though it ended months ago!

Disclaimer: The photos used in this blog post are not mine. Baked homemade meatballs They are either screen shots from Ebony Life TV’s Youtube page or Promo photos from Ebony Life Tv’s website.

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