Review of Skinny Girl In Transit
Skinny Girl in Transit is a web series produced by Ndani TV, and as the name implies, it is a comedy about a young Nigerian woman and her efforts to lose weight.
In the pilot episode, Tiwalade, played by Abimbola Craig, is woken up from a pleasurable dream by her mother, played by Ngozi Nwosu. Her mum wastes no time in informing her that the Holy Spirit ministered to her and the message conveyed was that Tiwalade should lose weight, therefore furthering her hope of finding a husband.
This exchange between mother and daughter is hilarious because it is accurate and insightful. It is a conversation that many Nigerian women have endured and will continue to endure. Tiwalade’s mum performs a series of dramatic gestures and makes several grand statements to emotionally blackmail Tiwalade into agreeing to lose weight. And Tiwalade, who is aware that she is overweight, thinks ‘why not, how hard could it be?’
However, losing weight turns out to be more strenuous than she originally assumed. In addition, Tiwalade has to deal with a mother who is like a dog with a bone, a sister, played by Sharon Oja, who is pretty, slim and shallow, and a love-life that is less than appealing.
Skinny Girl in Transit has the potential to be to Nigeria what Modern Family is to America – a comedic representation of the society and culture in the average Nigerian home, at least as it relates to women. At various intervals during each episode, Tiwalade talks directly to us – the viewer, adopting the documentary style that contributed to making Modern Family so popular.
In the first episode, I did find that the scene with Tiwalade and her mother went on for longer than necessary. It was about six of the ten minutes allocated to that episode. Four minutes and thirty seconds in, I already had all the information I needed and was ready for the next scene. But in the second episode, I did not feel as though I had enough.
Nonetheless, the actors deliver their lines effortlessly and with wit, so that the already short series still goes by quicker than you would like. It keeps the viewer engaged and entertained the entire time. The producers and the writer keep the show simple, in terms of the settings and the layout of each scene. This allows for the acting prowess and the plot to shine.
Each episode is approximately ten minutes long and they manage to do a lot with that time. The web series has over 29,000 views. As web series go, and as Nigerian TV goes, Skinny Girl in Transit is a must watch. If you haven’t watched it yet, take ten minutes out of your day today; you’ll be glad you did.
July 16, 2019