I believe in the Nigerian Film Industry. I really do. There is so much potential it’s amazing! I mean the last movie I saw at the cinemas was “The Visit” by Koga Studios and it was on point! But this post is not about The Visit. It’s about an upcoming film produced by Mo Abudu. I recently got the opportunity to be at private screening of the movie and I was blown away.
“Fifty” is the name of this film and it tells the story of four middle aged women and how they balance their personal and professional lives. Now, I know that is pretty vague but truth is I am afraid I am going to give it all away so we are going to have make do with this yea? 😉
Before I go any further, here is the trailer and the plot summary.
FIFTY captures a few pivotal, days in the lives of four Nigeria women at the pinnacle of their careers. Meet Tola, Elizabeth, Maria and Kate four friends forced at midlife to take inventory of their personal lives, while juggling careers and family against the sprawling backdrops of the upper middle-class neighbourhoods of Ikoyi and Victoria Island in Lagos. They live and work in the resurgent, ever-bustling, 24-hour megacity of Lagos, the commercial capital of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant economy.
Now, here are 6 reasons why I think you should see the movie.
1. The Story
Looking at the plot, you probably will think that this is another Nollywood story that has been overdone. I assure you that this story is unique and very relatable. What is amazing is that it’s not just a Nigerian story but a global one. Any one watching the story (Nigerian or Non Nigerian) will understand that we are not so different and that we share similar experiences even though we come from different backgrounds.
2. The Writing
Having a good story is one thing but the ability to be able to interpret it is another. The writing on “Fifty” is on point; I mean Kemi Adesoye (Phone Swap, Shuga) is one of the writers so it’s no surprise that the story was well told with great dialogue and witty punchlines.
3. The Cast
Ireti Doyle. Dakore Akande. Nse Ikpe Etim. Omoni Oboli. These ladies sold their characters completely! Taking on the different personalities and expressing the emotions that come with the role was a walk in the park for these ladies. Even the supporting cast delivered; from Wale Ojo to Lala Akindoju, Uzor Osimkpa and Timini Egbuson. I should add that it was great to see how Timini would play opposite his sister (Dakore) and they were flawless. All in all, it was a stellar cast and I see award nominations for them in the future.
4. The Director
Biyi Bandele is the director and I must add here that he has improved since Half of a Yellow Sun. His attention to detail in this movie is fascinating plus his choice of shots helped in enhancing the dialogue. If I was unsure of Biyi Bandele’s directing abilities (which I never was) I am convinced now. He did a fantastic job.
“Fifty” went all out with the music. From the classics like Orlando Owoh to the new school (Skales, P Square); this is one soundtrack I will get if they decide to release it. Plus the special guest appearances were astounding. From King Sunny Ade to Femi Kuti, Nneka, Tiwa Savage and Waje; their performances gave me life.
6. The Underlying Message
I am extremely passionate about telling the African Story in a way it has not been told before. Through out the promo for this film, the line See “African Women Like Never Before” was always emphasized. On a global scale, this movie does that and it not only changes the perception of the African woman but also changes the perception of Nigeria as the beauty of Lagos was emphasised through out the movie. For years, there has been a global perception of Africa, Africans and even our films. It is refreshing to have a movie that can change the perception and spark up a new conversation about our global identity.
There is a shift in Nollywood. Our Filmmakers are ready to create, innovate and transform the industry. The question is “Are we ready to support them?” It goes beyond sitting in our rooms and criticizing every movie that comes out. It means going to the cinemas and paying to watch the films. That is the way the industry will grow. Fifty is an incredible display of what a great Nigerian film can be and the hope for an improved global industry.
Check out the Making of Fifty below