A trail of reactions by social media users have come in after popular American rapper, actor, movie and TV shows producer, Curtis James Jackson III, known professionally as 50 Cent, announced his upcoming project, which will be centered on the story of the convicted Nigerian fraudster, Abbas Ramoni, popularly known as Hushpuppi.
50 Cent’ made the announcement in the late hours of Wednesday, 9th November 2022. According to him, the decision to make the series is for the sake of his ‘scammers’.
Posting some pictures of the convicted fraudster, he wrote, “For my scammers I gotta do this one, Hushpuppy series coming soon ! GLGGreenLightGang i don’t miss #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi #gunitfilmandtv.”
While reacting to the proposed Hushpuppi-themed TV series by 50 Cent, Nollywood actress, Uche Jombo took to the post comments section to plead with 50 Cent to give a Nigerian actor the opportunity to play the character.
Ini Edo was positive and saw it as a welcomed development.
Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s former aide, Reno Omokri, however had a different opinion, expressing his discontent. He condemned the proposed production, tagging it an attempt to further damage the global image of Nigerians.
According to him, there are several other notable Nigerians whose stories deserve to be told, due to their positive impacts in various fields.
“Not impressed by 50 Cents planned movie on Hushpuppi. It will further tank Nigeria’s already battered image,” he wrote via his Instagram page on Thursday.
He added, “Many positive things come out of Nigeria, like Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye, the first man to successfully perform surgery on an unborn baby outside its mother’s womb, and restore it back in its mum’s womb after the procedure. Do a movie about those!”
Omokri further advised the rapper to make a movie series on Bernie Madoff, a notorious American fraudster who ran the largest Ponzi scheme in history.
He said, “If 50 Cent really wants to do a movie about fraud, then he should consider doing one on Bernie Madoff, an American who stole $50 billion, thereby pulling off the biggest heist ever on earth.”
Another instagram user Timi Kuti was of the opinion that Hushpuppi’s should have an input.
#thekddavis saw that Nollywood missed the opportunity to do the story.
Story: Hauwa Mohammed
Media: 50 Cent/ Instagram