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Òlòtūré, the movie that has taken Nigerians by storm, is a daring motion picture retelling of the real-life experience of journalist Tobore Ovuori, who got exposed to the world of human as well as sex trafficking.
Her memoir ‘Inside Nigeria’s Ruthless Human Trafficking Mafia’ was published in 2014, and thanks to Mo Abudu we all get a glimpse of the many horrors that befell her.
Is Òlòtūré a flawless masterpiece, no, but a masterpiece nevertheless. The thematic preoccupation is too gripping to focus on its cinematic makeup.
While most fans find her determination unsettling, but professionalism drives her, coupled with the fact that she encounters sexual abuse at the hands of a politician. This propels her to report back;
“This is no longer your story, it is now my story. And I will get to the end of it, with or without you.”
With the centre stage set, our protagonist will stop at nothing to uproot the vice of this world she has been ushered into.
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For the cons. There is absolutely no back story to our protagonist, how did she find herself in the circle, what was her motivation. Also, for the other girls, a great disservice was done by not telling their stories, their life before ashawo work, what compelled to it.
A great disservice was done to the characters because you could not effectively distinguish the point where we are addressing the ills of trafficking, from that of prostitution, and then focusing on an undercover journalist.
Sharon Ooja struggles between her characters personality, but she manages to pull it off. The other cast members deliver their roles no matter how minor, it was not outstanding but it was satisfactory. Omoni Oboli delivers her best performance since Figurine, and singer Omawumi is remarkable.
The story is thick as well as untapped. It DOES NOT need a sequel. Kenneth Gyang, the director is slowly building a profile for himself for his daring cuts.
Kenneth is not scared to go there, from beheading to ritual rites, naked scenes, and set design, all equally impressive. While the production could have been better, Òlòtūré is a landmark for Nollywood.
Everyone should see this movie. This seems to be a revolution with Òlòtūré, following up Nimbe, challenging societal decay. It is very impressive seeing Nollywood expose society by telling stories not far fetch from our reality.
Probably one of the truest quotes from this movie is that of Chuks, “you suppose take anything way big man do you as experience”. The quote is our society in summary and the movie is a 7.1/10.