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  • October 1st

















    • PRODUCER: Kunle Afolayan

    • DIRECTOR: Kunle Afolayan

    • SCRIPT WRITER: Tunde Babalola 

    • MAIN CAST: Kunle Afolayan, Kehinde Bankole, Sadiq Daba, Femi Adebayo, Kanayo. O. Kanayo, Nick Rhys, David Balie.

    • LOCATIONS: Federal College Of Agriculture, Lagos  And Ondo State


    • MOVIE RATING: 9\10

    • GENRE: ACTION, Melo-Drama And Comedy





    The movie October 1st is a story built on a series of virgin girls killing and in which a police inspector (Mr. Waziri) must find the killer before Nigeria gains independence on the 1st of October 1960. The killing of the girls in Atoke village was a thing of sorrow and depression for the whole community.


                The movie evokes anticipation. Everyone in the movie is anticipating something, collectively and individually. Everybody was waiting for independence, as it represented a beginning of new era, the departure of the colonial masters. Mr waziri was made the inspector in other to investigate the culprit of this crime. He tried his best getting the culprit but it seemed as if all hope was lost until the day of independence…WHO CAN THE CULPRIT BE?




    LIGHTENING: The lightening of the movie was very brilliant and clear


    CAMERA PLACEMENTS: long shot, medium shot and close shot was used in the movie production


    ANGLES: mid angle, low angle and high angle was used


    COSTUME: The costumes used in the movie were of good quality. The costumes went deep into the traditional setting placed in the movie. The Igbos wore their traditional attire, the Yoruba’s and Hausa’s also did the same.


    MAKE-UP: the makeup used in the movie was the olden day style which made the movie look more realistic by representing the fact that it was done October 1st 1960




                                        REVIEW OF THE MOVIE


                The movie October 1st is the first Nigerian movie that has made me stay glued to my chair for 2hour 25mintues. The story is a movie that has made waves in Nigeria making the producer succeeding by getting over 100million Naira within 6months.the movie is a movie with alternating plot lines and big themes. The movie is also a movie that keeps you in total suspense and it creates a sort of argument between an audience and his or her mind by the inability to conclude even as the evidence piles up.


                October 1st, although a very long movie of over 2hours but with that you can never feel the passage of time due to the sophistication and mind blowing effect. The movie provides the audience with emotional currency because anticipation breeds anxiety in which young virgins were raped then murdered. The movie also has a unique taste that goes way back into history showing the ethnic tension between Igbos, Yoruba’s and Hausas.


                The director of the movie did a great job in which I think he is a deep thinking artist with strong vision that will flow through every aspect of his work. Due to his success in the production of this movie, the award of African Movie Awards For Best Nigerian Movie was given to the movie.


    However, the major problem discovered in the movie is that the writer pens a weak story in which the writer didn’t really add to the actions of some characters for example Inspector Waziri is not an interesting character. He was rarely seen outside his uniform as an inspector. Also the writer tries to impress another layer on Waziri’s character by bringing up his wife and child’s story and it fails.


                            Finally, the movie tried to play a psychological effect on the audience, where the inspector ,Mr Waziri claims to see blood on the floor which was not seen by the audience at an emergency spot where the dead body of a virgin was found.





    _M3-misplaced-fb-timelineTitle of the Movie: Misplaced

    Release Date: 2013

    Rated: 4/10

    Genre: Drama

    Casts: Uche Jombo, Van Vicker, Charles Okafor, Bobby Obodo, Patrick Onyeka

    Director: Tom Robson

    Producer: Uche Jombo-Rodriguez

    Written by: Uduak Isong Oguamanam, Rita C. Onwurah

    Locations: Nigeria, USA

    Duration: 1hr 35mins.

    SYNOPSIS (summary of the movie)

    The movie counters on a woman Uche Jombo (Debbie) in search of love and attention from the man she calls her husband but this mission seems futile because of his ambition and love for his career. As fate will have it, she finds what she is looking for only in the arms of the man responsible for the loss of her i-pad.

    The Review: Uche Jombo (Debbie) lives in a world of fantasy. She has a husband, home and wealth. However, she lacks the love and attention of her husband. She craves for his love and attention but he’s too engrossed in making money. Due to her loneliness, she’s led to make friends with a man that shared in her interests.

    In the meantime, Van Vicker (Timi) wanted to get his hands on his boss’ i-pad who happened to be Debbie’s husband. He paid Bobby Obodo (Imaseun) to steal the i-pad from his boss’ home but the plan was ruined when Debbie’s i-pad was mistakenly taken.

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    ‘Misplaced’ didn’t relate to the title of the movie because the movie it’s about a woman who craves for the attention and love of her husband and the only thing missing in the movie was an I-pad. I don’t know how the i-pad relates with the theme of the movie. A better title should have been used for the movie instead of ‘MISPLACED’. It had minutes/scenes of boredom; there were some prolonged and unnecessary scenes. For example, the scenes were the i-pad was stolen. It was excessively long and boring. Furthermore, no one in his or her right senses will break into a house just for an I-pad without taking other valuable things. There was no transition.

    The relationship between Debbie and Imaseun lacked excitement. He didn’t show interest in poetry as he was supposed to portray in the movie. The scene where she offered him money and he rejected at first before accepting it, during the important aspect of courtship, if a man accepts a woman’s money then it means he’s not I interested in her and wants her just for sugar mommy but it was not stated in the movie.

    In all, most of the dialogues in the movie were repetitious. It doesn’t pass any message and it was obvious that they were acting; they didn’t make it look so real. . Uche Jombo has enthralled us with other better movies like ‘Damage’.

    What’s remarkable about ‘Misplaced is that Mr. Adekoye (Debbie’s husband) did everything possible just to save his marriage. A man who truly loves his wife is exciting. In my own point of view a man who is willing to save his marriage is worth keeping. I recommend. 

  • Doctor Bello














    Brilliant cancer specialist Dr. Michael Durant, played by Isaiah Washington is going through emotional troubles because of his traumatic loss of his ten year old daughter from cancer.  He engages himself in work at the hospital, keeping him away from his wife, played by Vivica Fox, who keeps blaming him for the loss of their daughter as they are still on bad terms. He goes on to form an improbable bond with his seven year old son who is suffering from a sickness. As his son’s health situation becomes worse, a Nigerian nurse convinces to seek the help of Doctor Bello, an uncertified Nigerian Doctor, played by Jimmy Jean-Louis who is believed to be an underground miracle worker. What follows is a story of love, discovery of new frontiers and a return to ones roots. The Nigerian doctor cures the son of his brain cancer and refuses to reveal the source of his miracle cure. He is therefore jailed for medical malpractice and develops brain tumor leaving him with only a few weeks to live. The movie is set in four major locations; downtown New York, Lagos, Abeokuta and Ondo states. The movie was financed by MTN and was produced, directed and written by Tony Abulu, who also stars in the movie. It is a Hollywood and Nollywood collabo. It is a drama movie.


    The movie’s message is that of the possibility that indeed cures for cancer and other plaguing ailments can indeed be found in Africa.

    It is a collaboration of Hollywood and Nollywood. It brings together experienced actors from both movie industries such as Genevieve Nnaji, Isaiah Washington of Grey’s anatomy, and Vivica Fox amongst a host of others. The experience is displayed especially in the performance of Isaiah as he does a fantastic job as a doctor coming from the medical background of Grey’s anatomy. He uses his medical terminologies brilliantly and flawlessly, realistically executing the role of a doctor who has the weight of the world on his shoulders. He for me is the stand out performer of the movie but this comes as no surprise as he has prior experience of his role already.

    Vivica Fox also plays her role well acting as a wife who is still going through emotional trauma from the loss of their daughter. She is a woman needing her husband now more than ever. The kill bill star gets an ovation from me.

    Dr Bello, played by Jimmy Jean-Louis, did not really put up a good display. He did not play the role of a Nigerian person well for one who has lived only a while in the states. He did not do a lot of talking, but when he did he was not coherent. He had more of a French/ Haitian accent. Sam, played by Evan Brinkman, who plays the role of the son of Doctor Durant, does a good job of playing sick, passing out and convulsing.

    The use of makeup in the movie was also on point as they made Sam look like a perfect replica of a person battling from cancer although i could notice that his hands were not as pale as his face.

    I could not help but notice the silence that surrounded the scenes of New York City (the city that never sleeps) which we rarely see in other movies based in the city leaving me to suspect a little bit of Nigerian budget in the states.

    The movie had a lot of unnecessary scenes, unnecessary conversations and the uneasy quest (you might want to grab a pillow for these parts) to find the cure for the disease when the movie moved into the Nigerian setting. They could have done without a barrage of scenes as it was a total merry go round. Such scenes include the scene where Lara tells her daughter that Bello was her dad adding nothing to the plot. Also the police and accident scenes are unnecessary. This is very typical about Nigerian movies.

    An error noticed was when doctor Bello visited Sam in the hospital to administer the drugs to him, but since his mouth was shut how then did he administer the drugs? I could also see staring crowds at the scene where they are to get a car to Ondo from Abeokuta, meanwhile yellow and black striped cabs are seen which are found in Lagos. The office of the dean of medicine is not supposed to be in UNILAG rather it is meant to be at LUTH based on facts.

    Elements of comedy are seen in a hilarious cameo by Jide Kosoko added much life to a rather boring movie. Genevieve Nnaji is not allowed to showcase her acting skills as she is almost invincible in all her scenes. Same could be said of Stephanie Okereke.

    The movie is mind numbing and there is really nothing per se that makes it stand out from other Nigerian movies looking at the attention given to it.

    In all, the movie did not live up to expectations. There were star appearances from both Hollywood and Nollywood, meaning we should have expected more but good performances from Washington and Fox were the only ones who really impressed me. The story line is actually a bit trashy and the film is a disappointment as a lot was expected from the movie. I would give the movie a 6.5 out of 10 as it is a must watch movie but did not really live up to the hype. Some might find it interesting while some might sleep throughout the whole movie.


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  • Owo Eje

    download (1)downloadReviewer: Babalola Olatomiwa Tobiloba

    Matric no: 14be016562

    Tittle of Movie: Owo Eje

    Director: Yomi Amodu

    Producer: Adebayor Faleti

    Production Manager: Toyin Bifarin

    Location: Osun State

    Release date: Monday March 21, 2005

    Movie Synopsis

    After a successful break into the secular film making with the box office epic, Afonja, Remdel Communications is back with another box office hit, Owo Eje an adaptation of Kola Akinlade’s novel of the same tittle featuring a cream of Yoruba artists.

    The home video hit the market on Monday March 21, 2005. It is a thrilling movie full of drama, suspense and having its fair share of blackmail, tension, intrigues and counter intrigues as it moves to unravel the killing of a young Igbira farmer, Sule, who died by poisoning. So who kills Sule Ebira?

    The film features old and new acts like Lere Paimo, Lanre Balogun, Peju Ogunmola, Baba Wande, Sola Fosudo, Taiwo Adeboyega and Dolapo Adewale amongst others.

    Owo Eje is a film that will enthrall viewers with its interesting storyline and picture quality and it is a must watch for lovers of good movies.

    Movie Review

    Owo Eje has a wonderful story taken that it is an adaptation from Pa Kola Akinlade’s novel, it has a wonderful picture quality mixed with a good cast.

    It is a combination of both action, love and little comedy and made use of words like “bisikiti panbolabola” to create a light side to the movie

    It is a bit confusing as some scenes had some twist and turns which would alone confuse anybody going alone with it, the name of the movie also did not totally depict what the movie was about and the flow towards the detectives getting their leads to finding out who the killer was did not really show In the movie.

    Finally, there was an untied knot in the plot as there was no explanation given to the audience as to what Chief Olowojeunjeje was doing at that place at that time, carrying the load he was with and wearing the cloth he was wearing. That particular part begged for clarification but it was not given.

    I personally would rate this movie an 8 out of 10 due to the wonderful action, picture quality and storyline in it.


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    Title of movie: The Figurine


     Producer: Kunle Afolayan


    Director: Kunle Afolayan


    Screenplay: Kemi Adesoye


    Main cast:  Kunle Afolayan (Sola), Ramsey Nouah (Femi), Omoni Oboli (Mona)


    Location: Martin Aworinlewo Museum and Lagos, Nigeria


    Duration: 121 minutes, 50 seconds


    Initially released: February 6, 2009


    Rating: 9/10


    Reviewer: Ohiemi Blessing Ojochenemi (14BE016595)


           This movie begins with a prologue about an old folktale of a goddess named Araromire and a little village which is named after her. The goddess is believed to grant her worshippers prosperity and good health for seven years and after those years, she takes away their prosperity, leaving with them misery and ill luck after which the villagers revolt against her and burn down her shrine after she strikes down her own custodian, the priest.


    The main actors of the movie are Ramsey Nouah (Femi), Kunle Afolayan (Sola Fajure) and Omoni Oboli (Mona).


     They (the main actors) are done with their University Programme and have been posted to Araromire, the mysterious village for their NYSC Programme. Later on in the movie, after one of their tedious exercises, Femi and Sola are seen walking back to camp together when it begins to pour. They find shelter in a hut and there, the figurine, the goddess Araromire is discovered and stolen by Sola. Towards the end of the NYSC Programme, Mona meets Femi, her first love and breaks the sad good news of her marriage to Sola to him. She also does not hide the fact that she is pregnant. Femi is broken but holds his peace. Seven years after, everything works out well for the duo. Sola is rich and married to Mona, has a son and is expecting another, Femi is  now working and his ailing father gets well, Femi is no longer asthmatic and no longer needs glasses…well, seven years after, things turn out worse and it is traced to the figurine in Sola’s study.


    In the movie, the theme of betrayal is portrayed. Femi (Ramsey Nouah) and Omoni Oboli (Mona) used to be close friends. It was clear that they were not as close as before when she (Mona) asks Femi. ‘What happened to us?’ it was clear that she was dating someone else (who was later found out to be Sola, Femi’s friend) instead of Femi, her first love.


    Since they (Femi and Mona) left for Araromire, it was as though they were back together until Sola arrives and ‘steals her’ from Femi. The greatest form of betrayal is where she tolls Femi about her plans to get married to Sola and not hiding from him that she is carrying Sola’s baby.




    In the movie, the African culture is also appreciated deeply and portrayed. This is actually the main focus of the movie. Take this away and all you have is just something abstract. The movie is centred on Araromire and her seven years of good and seven years of evil.


    In the movie, the Dean of Archaeology tells Sola how priceless the artefacts in his office are and how he would not want to sell them to any foreign museum if contacted. If only some of us Nigerians could do that! I am really impressed with the show of appreciation for the African culture.


    This movie goes deep into the roots of a community and shows us about their beliefs and paints for us a picture of the past. Here, I would like to commend Jovi Babs, the writer of the story. The plot of the movie is so unpredictable that one would have to stay glued till the end.  


    Well, my favourite quote from the movie is, ‘this is not Jesus, it is Araromire’ this was made by Sola to Femi when he dropped the figurine on Femi’s lap and Femi reacted fearfully.


    The sound quality was really good, thanks to the sound director and editor. The choice of music is good. It was nicely composed.


    The lighting is okay; it improved the visual quality of the movie. Also, the colour grading is perfect. The black and white video of the story of Araromire is an excellent choice theme to tell an old story.


    This movie is one of a kind! Kudos to the Director and Executive Producer of The Figurine, Kunle Afolayan. This is one movie that keeps one in suspense, trying to connect one end of a story to another. This movie was well planned and directed. It really takes a lot of creativity and dedication to birth this masterpiece. Thumbs up!




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  • The illiterate

    Three brothers who became orphans, sttruggled so hard to live and with the help of their younger brother who  had to stop his education and work  just to send his elder siblings to school. Now that the elder siblings have made their wealth they hate to associate with their younger brother because he is an illiterate and he also wants to marry an illiterate. WHAT NEXT? find out more about these brothers in this exciting and emotional movie.. THE ILLITERATE.

    Directed and produced by: Monday Nnam, Sylvester Madu

    also staring: Yul Edochie as ekene

    sylvester Madu as ikenna

    ken erics as Ugo

    The illiterate girlfriend Tonto Dikeh as Ada

    Eve Essien as Monica


    So far this movie has been one of the best nigeria movies have watched, their acting was a bit matured but there was too many irrelevant scenes and the movie is divided into six parts with a duration of about five hours which is too long for a movie. Apart from these, i really loved the movie and i laughed through out.













    DURATION: 1:12:12




    MOVIE RATING: Using a scale of 1-10, this movie gets a 6 from me














    The movie is a humor-based movie and is centered on an uneducated village girl who travels to the city,  to  find the father of her out-of-wedlock baby, only to find him engaged to a sophisticated woman that she cant even compete with.Ordinarily this movie is not likely to appeal to the critically minded people, especially on account of it’s simple though, funny title.Dumebi The Dirty Girl comes with a great interplay of storyline and relevant themes.






    The movie revolves around the life of Dumbi (Mercy Johnson), a lousy, dirty (as the name implies), lazy and irresponsible girl and her move from the village to the city to be with the father of her child, Frank (Kenneth Oknokwo).


    The casting was ingenious with mercy Johnson playing the part of an ill-mannered village girl well, even though it apperared to be slightly exaggerated at times.All the characters in the movie were colorful and added a burst of life to the story. The harmony and cohesion between the chaacters were noticeable and gave the movie a good flow. Although as pertaining to most home videos in the Nigerian movie industry the sound,lightening and continuity were less satisfactory .


    The prolonging of certain irrelvant scenes where nothing much was done made it a bit monotonous to watch, and seemed as if they tried too hard to stetcch it out into a two-part film and that weakened the already porous storyline.Despite, all the minor glitches, the film will leave everyone who watches it in stitches. Although Mercy Johnson is got to be the most versatile actress on the planet.


    I will recommend this movie to anyone who just had a bad day, looking for something to laugh about and while away time, it is not a movie to take too seriously.




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  • Being Mrs Elliott



    PRODUCER: Nnamdi Oboli, Omoni Oboli

    DIRECTOR: Omoni Oboli

    SCREEN PLAY: Omoni Oboli


    Omoni Oboli (Lara)

    Majid Michael (Bill)

    Sylvia Oluchy (Nonye)

    Ayo Makun (Ishawuru)

    Seun Akindele (Fisayo)

    Lepacious Bose (Bimpe)

    RELEASED DATE: September 5, 2014

    LANGUAGE: English

    GENRE: Drama

    DURATION: 2hrs

    LOCATION: Lagos, Ekiti, Asaba, Nigeria


    RATING: 9/10

    REVIEWER: Obado Goodness Joel 14BE016593



    Being Mrs Elliott the directional debut of Omoni Oboli tells a story of Mrs Lara Elliott, an overbearing wife who had issues with her husband Mr Bill Elliott who wants to adopt the two sons of a dying relative but Mrs Elliot would not have it. The film generally portrays Mrs Elliott as an affluent woman who despite her constant bickering on her Husband finds herself in a situation she never would have thought of but manages to make it work to her benefit.




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                I must applaud the creativity of Omoni Oboli for a job well done in directing being Mrs goes out of the norm of the normal Nollywood films, the way the characters played out their roles making me wish the film did not end. The movie displayed Africa’s culture immensely with the casts of the film such as Omoni Oboli (Lara) and Majid Michael (Bill) playing out their roles superbly.

    The film was intense and also had humour mixed into it with Ayo makun playing the role of Isawuru the Babalawo who seemed to be the most educated man in the village and Lepacious Bose who to me was my favourite character for adding humour to the movie making it superb. The movie also had good extras that played their roles well which are rare in Nigerian Movies because much attention is not drawn to extras in a movie.

    Apart from the casts in the movie the production was of high quality with good camera angles and shots which is rare among Nollywood movies. The movie also made use of Original songs that explained the movie in full Length depicting the message that the director wanted to pass to the audience. There was fluent use of English with no grammatical blunder. The way the actors gelled with each other made the movie fantastic and the continuous use of suspense made me glued to my sit. Being Mrs Elliott is a must watch for any movie lover and except for the poor change of scenes a job well done to Omoni Oboli and the actors for keeping the movie flawless



    Being Mrs Elliott was an unpredictable movie   that displayed Africa’s vast culture bringing creativity to the movie industry. I will rate it 9/10.


    Screenshot_2015-11-08-22-01-06 HALF OF A YELLOW SUN

    The movie was an adaptation from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s award winning novel half of a Yellow Sun, about the lives of torn apart by the Biafran war, it’s a tale about love and loss. It offered us glimpse of the Nigerian civil war. The movie lasted for roughly two hours. It was produced by Biyi Bandele. The movie is a great movie targeted at the emotion of the viewers by explaining the hardship seen by Nigerians in time past.




    The story was told through the eyes of Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Akina Noni Rose) who have just returned home to Nigeria in the 1960’s, just as Nigeria gains independence and the eastern part of Nigeria try to form the republic of Biafra. Upon returning to a privileged city life after their expensive education the two women make totally different decisions in their life. Olanna defiles her family and move in with her lover, ‘revolutionary professor’ Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his devoted house boy Ugwu (John Gboyega).

    Bandele has taken time to preserve the feminist thrust that sees heroine Olanna pass from carefree society attractive and elegant woman to an affectionate woman for the home and its comforts. The movie had a surer touch in creating an atmosphere in the domestic success; evoking a strong sense of how people are devastated during war periods. The action sense are appropriately shocking and energetic.

    But on the other hand, the movie sometimes appear detached from the rising process of Nigeria from military to democracy that it was trying to portray. The movie held back on violence so as not to disturb the audience but it was not a vivid explanation of what Nigerians really suffered. Bandele gave us just a glimpse of the Nigerian life and what it is all about and how rich it is. The budget of the movie was not very large so the producer had to work within his means but a fairly large budget would have done justice to the adaptation.

    The movie was mostly interested in ups and downs of Olanna (Newton). In the movie, Ugwu (John Boyega) Odenigbo’s man servant observes the romantic pushing from a distance, unlike the book where he had a near equal burden with Olanna and Odenigbo. He had relatively little to do her apart from fretting over how to cook rice properly and later getting into danger.

    Generally, the movie was a good one and I would recommend it to anyone who want to learn about the Nigerian civil war. Currently the movie has no rating.


    The major cast of the movie where

              Thandie Newton as Olanna the elegant lover of Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). A well educate woman from one of the wealthiest family in the country but decides defy nature and settle in Nsukka to face hardship on with her lover.

              Chiwetel Ejiofor as Odenigbo the revolutionalist academician who is a helpless racist and husband of Olanna.

              Anika Noni Rose as Kainene the equally beautiful twin sister Olanna.

              Joseph Mawle as Richard, a white man, Kainene’s lover and a writer.

              John Boyega as Ugwu the devoted man servant of Odenigbo.

              Onyeka Onwenu as mama the battle ax-head mother of Odenigbo who is uneducated, nasty and is determined to separate the love birds due to fetish nature but did not succeed.



    Techniques used in the movie.

    The movie started with a fade in shot of independence and made use of cut transition from one scene to another from the beginning to the end.they made use of pan camera movement like when Odenigbo, Olanna, Ugwu and baby where leaving their homes when the soldiers entered Nsukka. The movie was a mixture of adventure and disaster.



              Production: a state films production in association with Earling Metro Internantional, Lipsync prods, Kachifo.

              Director: Biyi Bandele

              Screen writer: Biyi Bandele, based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

              Producer: Andrea Calderwood

              Executive producers: Yewande Sadiku, Muhtar Bakare, Gail Egan, Norman Merry, Peter Hampden

              Director of photography: John de Borman

              Production designer: Andrew McAlpine

              Costume designer: Jo Katsaras

              Editor: Chris Gill

              Music: Ben Onono, Paul Thompson