Author: Timileyin Lary

In A Father’s Love, Sebastian Ukwa tells the story of David Nwachukwu (David Jones David) and his family as they try to survive in the city of Lagos as a lower-class family with one too many problems. Their problems compound with the arrival of a surprise baby who was abandoned in David’s taxi car by a mystery passenger. Marking the latest project in the First Features Initiative, A Father’s Love is a curious attempt at capturing the essence of fatherhood. Against the introductory backdrop of their family issues, David’s role as the head of the home is established. He…

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Biodun Stephen makes another intriguing directorial statement with her latest release, Momiwa. The director has developed a filmography known for portraying the ties of family and relationships. Her strength as a filmmaker in Momiwa shines through her ability to use the titular character as the core that establishes the entire film albeit to mixed results. Momiwa tells the story of a family bonded by mutual affection and shared trauma. Naeto (Uzor Arukwe) is a single father who has to raise his children alone when his wife leaves him during financial misfortunes. Luckily for him, Momiwa, also known as Chinonso (Blessing…

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True to its name, It Blooms in June tells the story of a relationship between a father and daughter pair that increasingly gets emotionally complex until their dynamic reaches a head on a specific day in June. Korede Azeez makes a strong directorial feature debut in a movie that one could describe as a firm but steady unfolding of the heart’s grip. As portrayed by Femi Jacobs, Lanre Akande is a widower who raises his only daughter alone after the death of his wife. He is burdened with guilt, blaming himself for her death and vowing to never let anything…

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