PRODUCER: Tunde Kelani
DIRECTOR: Tunde Kelani
SCREENPLAY: Tunde Kelani, Niji Akanni
Sola Adesoko (Awero)
Ayo Badmus (Lapade)
Seyi Fasimi (Odejimi)
Segun Adefila (Dauda)
RELEASE DATE: May, 2006
DURATION: 1hr, 33mins
LOCATION: Ogun, Nigeria
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Mainframe Film & Television Productions
REVIEWER: Olorunsogo Oluwatobiloba 14BE016604
During an inter-village war; Awero, a damsel in the village is caught between rival suitors, Lapade, Odejimi and Dauda; one of which forced himself on her. Odejimi, who later won her hand in marriage gets disappointed on their honeymoon; discovering that she had been deflowered. She is sent back home and left with shame and dishonour on her family name. At the end, Awero makes an extraordinary speech of reconciliation that reveals the folly of the men/warriors and ends the war.
ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION
CLOSE UP SHOT
EXTREMELY LONG SHOT
I applaud the great film icon, Tunde Kelani for being so creative with the script. The characters were portrayed almost perfectly, especially Awero’s character – they acted out their lines well. Although, the actors tried a bit too hard to speak fluent English, they were able to do that successfully. The setting was quite realistic and representative. The message of the movie was conveyed to the audience without hitches. The props rhymed well with the setting too and the costumier did a wonderful job selecting such beautiful costumes.
The movie showed-off Yoruba culture so richly – Odejimi and Awero’s wedding ceremony and the seasonal markets among others. The movie was made the same way Chinua Achebe wrote his books – spoken in English but in the real sense, is actually Yoruba. The war scene in the movie was acted as though it was real; I was surprised to see that. At the end where Awero gave the very emotional speech that terminated the war, I was amazed as to how a Nollywood movie could be so serious with the script that the content not only moved the characters in the movie, but also the audience in front of the screen.
The production was of high quality compared to any other Nollywood movie produced at the time. The production crew certainly executed their part professionally. Camera angles were also great. The soundtrack was able to move the audience the way it was meant to, a quality many Nollywood movies do not possess. The subtitle rhymed well with what the actors were saying, I think other Nollywood productions should imitate that. The soundtrack harmonization also made the movie a delight to watch.
My favourite scene in the movie was where Odejimi met Awero on a bush path and asked her to be the love of his life… Fantastic!
No doubt, this movie is an epic one. I think this is one of the best Nigerian movies so far; it might be a bit old, but the substance it possesses certainly cannot fade away. I give it a sincere 8.5 out of 10.