Author: Ayodele Olawumi

Oh my, where do we begin? Weather For Two, a 2021 film, was released on Netflix on the 25th of November 2022, and after sitting (forced by duty) for the entire hour and nine minutes that this film (if we can call it that) runs for, it’s hard to explain the experience. Is this a movie about the disadvantages of infidelity in relationships, a family drama, or a mystery plot? ‘The Griot’ Review: An Enjoyable Storyteller’s Woes Boosted By the Acting Performances Kolade Johnson (Eso Dike) cheats serially on his wife, Adesua (Tope Olowoniyan); one of his cheating partners is…

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The Griot joins the list of culturally themed Nollywood film releases in 2022, as the year seems to be a year of introspection for Nollywood, with many filmmakers deciding to tell original traditional stories. Adedimeji Lateef, who starred in one of the other films, King of Thieves, plays a more central role in The Griot. In the small village of Wakajaye known for its storytelling prowess, a shy and talented storyteller, Lakunle (Adedimeji Lateef) gives his more outspoken but unimaginative friend, Sanmi (Temiloluwa Fosudo), his stories to tell. Lakunle sets his sights on the beautiful village musician, Tiwa (Goodness Emmanuel),…

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In 2018 Marvel’s theatrical release of Black Panther created a buzz in the film community—a spectacle never before seen, a black superhero in a fictional African nation getting their own movie. As a cultural statement, a whole demographic that previously seemed to have been ignored in movies of this nature was finally represented, on a grand scale too. Predictably, this film broke several records and garnered positive reviews not to talk about the sentimental impact it had on the black community, both the black American community with which it resonated more and the African community. Playing the titular superhero character,…

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Written and directed by Abu-bkr Adamu, in this short horror film, three friends, Haidar (Abdullahi Mohamed Tauheed), Dare (Sylvester Uduku Umoru) and Bolaji (Israel Bartholomew) spurred by post exams boredom and a horror movie, decide to go and explore a forest. In the forest, they encounter an unknown entity that holds them at its mercy. ‘Samaria’ Review: In Cinema, as in Life, Things are Not Always What They Seem It is clear from the opening of the film, where the friends sit and come up with the idea of going into the forest that it is a very low-budget film…

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In this slowly paced, somber film, Sarah (Beverly Naya), still reeling from an abusive and traumatic relationship, tries to let go of her fears and give love another chance. Encouraged by her friend (Bimbo Ademoye), she decides to wade into the muddy waters of Lagos dating and she is met with disappointment. Through chance meetings, she meets two friends and enters into some sort of a love triangle. While navigating her relationship with the two friends, Fred and Michael (Uzor Arukwe & Bucci Franklin), her abusive ex is still lurking. ‘Win or Lose’ Review: Lighthearted Flick From the Slums of…

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Black Adam is set in the fictional middle eastern country of Kahndaq. In prehistoric times, it was ruled by a power-hungry king that enslaved his people in his quest for power. In their struggle for freedom, a champion emerges, Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson), originally known as Teth Adam, considered worthy by the gathering of wizards upon whom the power of the gods was bestowed. Adam used his powers for revenge and destruction and he is imprisoned by the wizards where he stays dormant for years. 5000 years later, the ancient and once prosperous country of Kahndaq is being overrun by…

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Grammy winning artiste Lorde sings in her song, “Glory and Gore” – ‘In all chaos there’s calculation.’ There doesn’t seem to be any form of calculation or organisation in the chaos that is the plot of Our President’s Money. The plot is in disarray from the beginning through till the end, and one is unable to make sense of the film’s events. It is hard to give a summary of this film because of the frustrating randomness of the story. Stingy womanizer Dauda (Michael ‘McLively’ Anamesi) and boy toy of Amope (Toyin Abraham) plan to spend the seven days of…

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Kunle Afolayan’s Anikulapo has been the talk of the film watching community since its release and the film has sparked several debates online and offline. Theories have been developed, opinions shared, thought pieces written, arguments have been made on the film, its plot and characters. In all of these discussions, one character that seems to get most of the flak is Saro (played by Kunle Remi). The character has been given many labels: irresponsible, undisciplined, a philanderer and a traitor amongst many others. Everyone has the liberty to develop their own opinions on a film and its characters but I…

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With Choke, Sozo Films make their theatrical debut with a psychodrama inspired by a novel of similar title, “Choked”. Kosiso (Chimezie Imo) is a sickle cell patient who has been given a rare chance to have another go at life in a healthier state by the means of a bone marrow transplant, but his hope is dashed when his parents are convinced by a zealous reverend father (Kanayo O. Kanayo) to invest the funds meant for the procedure in a supposedly miraculous holy water. As his chances at love are also snuffed out due to his parents’ act, Kosiso goes…

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-Spoiler Alert- 2022 seems to be a coming-of-age year for traditional epic films in Nollywood, with audiences being treated to culturally rich films. Earlier this year, King of Thieves stole hearts in the cinemas, now Kunle Afolayan excites us with Anikulapo while Biyi Bandele’s Elesin Oba waits in the wings. Anikulapo is a Yoruba traditional epic set when the Ọ̀yọ́ empire reign dominated Yoruba land. With this latest Netflix entry, Kunle Afolayan transports us back in time with a story inspired by the Ifá mythology, a true and proper display of culture. ‘ ‘Anikulapo’: In Defence of Saro Saro (Kunle…

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