Mahdi’s Soap opera: Episode 1 – Shamsudeen S. Ahmed Bsc, Mbf, Ace, Ebcl
According to wikipedia soap opera is a radio or television serial dealing especially with domestic situations and frequently characterized by melodrama, ensemble casts and sentimentality. The term “soap opera” originated from radio dramas originally being sponsored by soap manufacturers.
BBC Radio’s The Archers, first broadcast in 1950, is the world’s longest-running radio soap opera The world’s longest-running television soap opera is Coronation Street, which was first broadcast on ITV in 1960.
Soap opera should have A crucial element that defines the soap opera, which is the open-ended serial nature of the narrative, with stories spanning several episodes. One of the defining features that makes a television program a soap opera, according to Albert Moran, is “that form of television that works with a continuous open narrative. Each episode ends with a promise that the storyline is to be continued in another episode”.
Ironically Mahadi’s narrative is becoming far less a children’s fairy tale, with no clear vision. At about 50 episodes All through melodramatically eventful, have no luxury of space that makes them seem more naturalistic; indeed, the economics of the form demand long scenes, and conversations that with over 50-episodes- dispense with not even half a dozen lines of fact may or could be drawn out. He indeed spend more time even with the minor characters; the apparent villains grow less apparently villainous.
His Soap opera storylines couldn’t run concurrently, intersect and lead into further developments. All his individual episode of the soap opera didn’t generally switch between several concurrent narrative threads that may at times interconnect and affect one another or may run entirely independent to each other. His Soap operas rarely bring all the current storylines to a conclusion that tend to bring things to a dramatic end-of-season cliffhanger. Interestingly Mahadi should have employed his resources towards impacting those lil friends he grew up along side with in the ancient kofar Sauri, considering the economic meltdown of the recent time. In fact a lot of vulnerable life would have been touch with the so much resources he invested in his Soup opera, which will in turn uplift the living standards of thousands of his Relatives, neighbor’s, and more especially the IDP camps scattered across Katsina State as a result of security unrest.
Shamsudeen S. Ahmed Bsc, Mbf, Ace, Ebcl.
Writes from Abuja.