Author: olamideadio

2>1 is a short film about infidelity and the extreme measures marital spouses can take to exact revenge. Adapted by Simi Hassan from Stefan Adamsson’s “The Offer”, and directed by Michael Owoyemi, the film leans into a sparse plot with a twist. The elements of execution too are sparse. This was an indie effort trying its best. Fola (Stella Ekwueme) has come to Olu (Simi Hassan), with whom she has an intimate but unspecified past. She is reporting her husband, Henry’s (Tiwa Adefolju) infidelity with her sister to him. She wants Olu to assassinate both of them. In a twist,…

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In Water and Garri, Tiwa Savage finds her first lead role in the film industry. Written by Comfort Emmanuel and directed by Meji Alabi, Water and Garri was shot in Cape Coast, Ghana. The film is a throwback to her 2021 EP of the same title. And while Tiwa might have proven herself as a musician, the same cannot be said of her as an actress. Tiwa Savage plays Aisha, a successful fashion designer in America who returns home to Eastside after a family bereavement. Upon return, she finds that things have changed, and she must now face the grief…

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Uyoyou Adia’s Anthill-produced film, Casa De Novia, is Nollywood’s latest attempt at mixing a random genre with comedy. The film stars Taye Arimoro and Anee Icha as its leading stars. As with other Nollywood films of its nature, events proceed as expected. It is a mixture of another genre with comedy—usually slapstick comedy. This is followed by a plot that could be a better film if paid with more respect and attention. And finally, a subpar execution, forcing the film to need a deus ex machina resolution. This has been the case with previous attempts like Dead Serious, Prophetess, etc.…

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Sonia John’s Fright Night is a mystery thriller that uncovers the truth of a murder four years prior. Six people wake up tied up in a strange house. And as the night unfolds, they realise they are all involved, one way or another, in the death of a young girl. The race to survive the night is one, but along the way, we find out disturbing truths about their pasts. As with all works of art, Fright Night has its mind in a good place, but the execution is sub par. Visually, the film stays decent, but it falters on…

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Kayode Kasum’s Ajosepo is a romantic comedy set around family drama. It tests the boundaries of old relationships and sets the foundations for new ones. At its heart is reunion and reconciliation and the knowledge that there are multiple perspectives to the same story. Dapo (Mike Afolarin) and Tani (Tomike Adeoye) are set to be married. Their families assemble a day before the wedding, and the drama unfolds in Tani’s family house. Dapo’s family is a dysfunctional, toxic unit best characterised by his manipulative mom (Ronke Oshodi Oke). His dad (Yemi Solade) is a philanderer. His brother, Jide (Timini Egbunson),…

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The Two Aishas stars leading Kannywood actresses Rahama Sadau and Maryam Booth as best friends at loggerheads. The 2023 film is a family and political drama about the strains ambition can place on cordial relationships. While it sets out to highlight the place of friendship in real-life ambitions, the execution is predictable, thus diminishing the emotional sting that predicates the story. Childhood friends, both named Aisha, now married to politicians, have found themselves at loggerheads because of their husbands. Jamal Jibril (Paul Utomi) is set to receive the deputy governor ticket, and due to some tax discrepancies, the ticket is…

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Dika Ofoma’s A Quiet Monday is a social drama about the illegal IPOB (Independent People of Biafra) sit-at-home mandate in Southeastern Nigeria. After the federal government locked Nnamdi Kanu up on secessionist charges, his followers mandated Monday sit-at-homes across the Southeast in protest. Not everyone in the Southeast belongs to or agrees with IPOB. However, they continue to suffer. A Quiet Monday is about the human consequences of that sweeping Monday stay-at-home mandate. Siblings Kamnonu (Uzoamaka Aniunoh) and Ogbonnna (Emmanuel Igwe) are codependent. Kamnonu is a gifted tailor, and her younger brother supports her. A customer’s emergency cloth delivery on…

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The loneliest queue on earth is the unemployment queue. Try as you might to strike partnerships, to draw inspiration from friends and family, to fortify yourself with platitudes of encouragement, the loneliness of circumstance still sits with you. And it can lead you down very dark paths. It is the honesty in this loneliness that Idiagi Ernest Eromosele tries to capture in The Long Wait. Drawing from personal experiences, the writer-director lays out the bleak reality of the unemployed graduate in a Nigerian clime. The scarcity of social contact, the barrage of rejections, and the dirtiness that comes with accepting…

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Benn Nwokike’s directorial debut, Insecure, opens with an impulsive meet-cute. Our protagonists are introduced by the fateful collapse of a blind date. It is cute but quite irrational. The foundation and intent of the scene suffice, but there are problems with the decision-making, a character inefficiency that cannot be shaken off by the viewer. But it doesn’t matter to the plot because it soldiers on. It has achieved its establishment without overarching thoughts on its consequences to the film as a whole and to the characters within that scene. This opener is a metaphor for the entire film. Insecure stars…

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Abu-Bakr S. Adamu, a member of the Alpha Flicks initiative, is a director of the mundane by evidence at hand. His film, Tsoro Da Ruwa, explores the extremities of youthful exuberance and the domestic consequences of such actions. What Abu-Bakr recognises is that there is a story, and there is jeopardy in the ordinary, in simple things like a parent punishing a child, like going for a swim and experiencing the joy of the now. Tsoro Da Ruwa (Fear and Water) follows Ibrahim (Shuaibu Abubakar Sadiq), who, while grounded by his father, is enticed by his friends to go for…

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