Dubbed as Nigeria’s ‘King of Web Series’, the chartered accountant-turned-writer has several writing credits under his belt in his 7-year long career.
Rumour Has It, the popular Nigerian web series, has wrapped up its run with its third and final season on Ndani TV, leaving viewers far from calm with its unexpected climactic ending. Although the final season of the popular web series has led to some polarized reactions among viewers, in particular due to how a certain character’s story ends, its writer Lani Aisida has been showered with praise for his work on the show.
In an interview with Oris Aigbokhaevbolo, the chartered accountant-turned-screenwriter talked about his writing process for the final season and gave his take on being called Nigeria’s King of Web series.
The writer exclaims how he was ‘blown away’ at the reception the season received, highlighting how it was the first time in his seven year long writing career that people had bombarded him with messages and queries about the show, especially its ending. He credits his creativity, discipline and focus with earning him the fan-given title of web series king, and says that although he finds himself to be the most quiet person in most rooms, he always watches people and thinks about which story he would adapt on screen next.
Aisida also talked in length about his stint on the third season of Rumour Has It, and how he had to adapt his writing process for a series he did not create and had joined for its final season only. He revealed that he had co-written the second season of the drama and had pitched an idea for the third, which was loved by showrunners. Terming the process of going about it alone challenging, he says that the ‘superb’ outcome is worth it.
Expanding more about his writing process, Aisida talks about how he immersed himself in the story and how he lets the characters tell the story through him rather than the other way around.
Rumour Has It tells the story of a young woman who makes her living as a gossip writer, and how some of her comments catch up to her, and not in a good way.