I’d been hearing about Skinny Girl in Transit, a Nigerian web-series shown on NDANI TV’s Youtube channel every Friday, for quite some time. I made a mental note to check it out but didn’t really get around to that.Have you watched #skinnygirlintransit or are hoping to some time? Check out this review to reminisce, and join the convo! No spoilers (for the virgin eyes), promise! Click To Tweet
However, I watched Sisi Yemmie’s video ‘Husband Does My Makeup’ and while scrolling through the comments, some people said she looked like Wosilat after Yomi was done with the ‘beat’. My understanding was Wosilat is a character from Skinny Girl in Transit, and I decided to start on the series. The first episode began with Tiwa’s mother telling her the holy spirit said she should lose weight (what an intro!), and that was how I was whisked into the crazy life of Tiwalade.
I watched episode after episode, moving from season 1 to season 4 within the span of a few days. The power of school holidays and decent speed internet. I don’t regret it one bit, it was truly amazing. I liked every episode, even if some had unnecessary scenes.
Favourite SGIT Characters
My favorite character has to be none other than Mummy Tiwa (Ngozi Nwosu). This woman, full of drama and exaggeration, stole my heart from day 1. I think I’ve picked up her mannerisms, and have become even more extra. You cannot watch 4 seasons and not know a few Yoruba words. You just can’t.
She’s loud, she’s prayerful, and she loves her daughters very much. I love the actress that played this character because she did so well. Though Mummy Tiwa needs to lay off on the marital pressure as well as some archaic ways of thinking e.g. on adoption etc., she’s amazing. What a character! All the “ah!” and “wo“ she shouted throughout the 4 seasons was appreciated. She’ll call in her prophet when things go awry, and if you mess with her, she’ll insult you into your grave. Oshisco PLC (someone please tell me what that means).
Other close favorites are Shalewa, Aunty Dupe, and Didi. Though Shalewa (Sharon Ooja) was quite toxic in the first two seasons, she smartened up towards the end. It doesn’t also hurt that she’s an absolute stunner, and is now my 2018 style inspiration. Every outfit was a hit. I don’t think she can ever be ugly. Aunty Dupe is a supportive, fun aunt with her deep perspectives on life. Didi (Abisola is someone you need in your life, especially in toxic work environments. Wosilat – the housegirl and catalyst for me watching this show – was pretty awesome too! She and Mummy Tiwa are the perfect combo.
Is Drama the Spice of Life?
At some point while watching the series, I believe it was the third season, I started asking myself a few questions. Skinny Girl in Transit basically revolves around the search for love and a better living for Tiwa, propelled especially by the pressure from her mother. It is also evident that Tiwa is quite a man magnet, attracting all sorts of fine men (evidence: her exes, as well as the future men that come into her life). These men all cause a lot of drama to enter Tiwa’s life, tears are shed, secrets are kept, there are breakups, there is pain.
In one particular episode, Tiwa began to make me mad. She was acting so childish, especially for someone who is supposed to be 30. I know physical age doesn’t always mean you’re oh-so-mature, but she was really annoying. This was while the main love interest was still chasing her.
She was throwing other guys in his face, pretending she didn’t like him. She also pretended that he wasn’t into her and she wasn’t his type. It was like reading some greasy Wattpad teen fiction (yes, I had that phase). Not only that, she made some stupid decisions, so stupid she ended up not even being my favorite character. I get it, we all make mistakes, but hers were quite annoying sometimes.
PLAYING GAMES/HARD TO GET, IS IT NECESSARY FOR RELATIONSHIPS?
I found myself lowkey wishing I could have something like that, different people pawning for me and whatnot – a man boutique, as they say. I then shook myself. Is drama really necessary? I had an experience with someone where I felt like I gave in too easily. I wished It were like the movies or novels, endless chasing for about a few months or years before I would finally give in. It made me feel like something was missing. Yet, the thing is that nothing was missing. I just was influenced by what I’d been taking in.
Apart from the romance side of things, there was a lot of workplace drama and home drama. It made me ask, is drama really the spice of life? Is it even possible to live a drama free life? I think we all have a little thing for drama, except when we’re embroiled in it. Come on, celebrity news and scandals sell like hot cakes. Bad news spreads faster than good. Doesn’t that say something?
I hope you guys get what I’m trying to ask here. Then again, now I think of it, if all that drama hadn’t gone down in Tiwa’s life, would the show have been interesting? Unlikely. As one with a fear of anything ‘green’ or anything that falls into the category of ‘vegetable’ and ‘fruit’, I don’t think I’d be keen on watching 4 seasons of someone jogging on a bridge, trying fad diets and bad smoothies.
Should you watch Skinny Girl in Transit?
While I hopped on the bandwagon pretty late (I also attribute this to the fact that I prefer when seasons have finished, because that way I don’t have to anxiously await another episode), Skinny Girl in Transit is a hyped show that is definitely worth the hype. I love the storyline, though I will lowkey side-eye Tiwa – this has changed after the season finale for season 4 though. The characters are amazing, brought to life by equally amazing actresses and actors – Abimbola Craig, Ngozi Nwosu, Sharon Ooja, Bisola Aiyeola, Ayoola Ayoola – etc.
I loved everything else, the job Tiwa had – a fast-rising OAP, the different relationships – work, family, love, friendships, every outfit Shalewa had on, the insults from Mummy Tiwa, the emotional scenes – one of the best being the confrontation between Mummy Tiwa and Aunty Dupe in the kitchen (S3E6 “Getaway”). A host of topics were covered – self-development, weight loss, body positivity etc, marriage pressure, having a shameful past, etc. Being a pink theme enthusiast (ahem, my feed @mindofamaka says all), I loved the artwork for the series.
If not for anything else, please watch it for Mummy Tiwa! That woman is amazing!
Have you watched Skinny Girl In Transit? If you have, what did you think? Do you think drama is necessary in life? Does drama spice life up?