Culture Kick: Judith Okoh

Students on De Montfort University’s Arts and Entertainment Journalism module pick the films, plays, music, TV shows and books that shaped them.

My favourite film 

I don’t think I have ever been able to choose just one favourite film because they keep changing over time but one thing I am sure about its that it has to be a romantic film.
I think one of the main reasons I love this type of film is because they are so far from my reality. I mean I cannot relate at all, but it is nice to see people being deeply in love and having a happy ending. 

The first time I went to the theatre 

The first time I went to the theatre was when I was in primary school for a school excursion. I remember me and my friends being so excited about it but left so disappointed, I cannot tell you much about it because I fell asleep halfway through. I promised myself I will give the theatre another try someday but it’s never happened. 

The TV show I’m currently binging  

I am completely obsessed with TV shows, I can go as far as watching Spanish TV shows that have maybe 40/50 episodes, like the one I am watching right now, called La Reina del Flow. But I’m also very strict when it comes to TV, if I do not completely love a show from the jump, I will not give it a chance, like I would if it was a film.

The first song I adored 

The first song I adored was the High School Musical song Breaking Free, it made me fall even more in love with the show and the main characters, I remember singing it along with them and felt like I was part of the musical. 

My karaoke tune 

Any old R&B love song like If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys or Mariah Carey’s We Belong Together I will completely sing it word to word till my lungs collapse.
Also, I should mention I wholeheartedly believe that I can sing, even if my friends might disagree. 

The lyrics I love 

I love songs that have lyrics with a deep meaning, the ones that keep you thinking. I love the ones that have a play with words and you need to rewind it to understand it better and the ones you wish you could hear again for the first time.
For me, these lyrics have such an important impact once you realise what is truly going on in society.

The book I couldn’t put down 

I remember five years ago when I was completely obsessed with reading. I could finish a book in a day and there was this specific series that was so popular at the time – After by Anna Todd – and my mum used to tell me she couldn’t afford to buy all of them for me, so I had to content myself with reading them online. My phone was with me 24 hours of the day, so I would start reading them from the moment I woke up until I fell asleep. I couldn’t tell you how many times my phone fell on my face while in bed because I was sleepy but also too invested in the book so I always had to finish the chapter.

Overrated 

I think some UK shows like Too Hot to Handle are very hyped up, the concept of the show makes no sense at all and it’s ridiculous. I don’t know who is worse, us, the viewers who watch it and give them the ratings, or the people who actually apply to go on to these type of shows.

My guilty pleasure 

Although … if I had to choose a guilty pleasure it would be Love Island. It’s a show I watch every night when it’s on, but also a show I will criticise every time I get a chance, but there is just something about it that makes it so entertaining. Maybe watching other people’s drama distracts me from my own or perhaps I’m actually a messy person who enjoys drama…

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