MOVIE REVIEW: OKAFOR’S LAW

 

 

Hey Guys,

Today we bring to you a movie review on Okafor’s Law. A movie produced by Nollywood actress Omoni Oboli which made it’s cinema debut on the 31st of march 2017. Okafor’s law features top Nollywood actors including Richard Mofe-Damijo, Blossom Chukwukekwu, Ify Omene amongst others.

The film  tells the story of a young man who had a bet with his two bosom friends over proving a law known as Okafor’s Law. This holds that once a man has had sex with a woman and did it remarkably well (such that she enjoyed it), he could have sex with her again irrespective of the circumstances of their break up or of the woman’s status when they later meet.

In the experimental process he falls in love with one of the women chosen as a specimen and the flow goes sore. The film’s genre can be classified as romance and drama.

Cinematography
I have seen the film three (3) times on three (3) different cinema screens (One being the IMAX at Filmhouse Lekki). The picture and sound quality was great. The editing was near perfect with an exception of a quirky sound I heard repeatedly at the middle of the film. At the beginning (where Blossom jogged on Lekki bridge), the attempt to balance His voice volume over MI’s Chairman song did not come out perfectly, however it was not alien to Nollywood’s standards. But for the pictures to appear as sharp as they did on the IMAX screen (despite not being mastered as an IMAX content), I can say kudos to the editor. The drone aerial shots were also fantastic sights to behold. On cinematography it is 8/10 for me.

Casting
The cast selection was near perfect. I only had a little challenge with Halima Abubakar’s mechanical approach to her first scene. It was so obvious she had a hard time memorizing that part of the script and synchronizing spoken words with body language. The rest of the acts did justice to their roles; my best being Gabriel Afolayan. He nailed every part of it; covering up for a few of Ken Eric’s predictable “nwa teacher” approach to his dialogues.
Next to Gabriel for me was Blossom. I particularly fell in love with the speaking in tongues and the “Sister Ejiro…” after the sex. Then, the maestro himself – RMD killing it as the “full area…” in his confrontation with Chuks. Generally, I will give the casting a 7/10. The declines will be attributed to a few hiccups with Halima Abubakar and KemiLala’ Akindoju. Please someone should give her a more serious role next time – to allow her an opportunity to prove she is not overrated.

Scripting
When Omoni Oboli said she wrote the script, I chose to see the movie first before concluding. This is because I saw The First Lady and Wives on Strike and from them, I can say a lot about her prowess. I don’t really think that the dialogues of the Okafor’s Law script I saw, were the best for such a story. However, Omoni is undoubtedly getting better by the day.
She just needs to put it more reality into her dialogues. I believe the smoothness of the movie should be attributed to the cast and not the dialogues. A less professional crew would have messed it up big time…. All the same I celebrate Omoni Oboli. At scripting, I will say 6/10.

Plot (Spoiler alert)
We all know that the story is an everyday one – Guys in da hood betting that a click member can’t do girl(s) and the guy takes steps to prove them wrong. However, Omoni made it special by aligning the everyday plot with Okafor’s Law – that I consider a brilliant approach. Everything went smoothly, except placing Ejiro’s reaction to Chuks on his way to meet up with Ify (Chief Omeni’s Wife) – before her call to him on wedding plans. That was definitely not super.

Also why did Tomi have to meet them at the end where Chuks went to test his wedding suit? That simply insinuated that she was right to infer at first that Ejiro wanted her out of the way, so that Chuks would be hers…

Anyway, generally speaking, it was a good way to plot an everyday story; the projectile flow is worth applauding. The film succeeded in proving box office worthy through scenes that were quiet entertaining. Kudos Omoni! – 7/10.

 

THIS MOVIE REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON BELLA NAIJA BLOG AND WRITTEN BY JUDE MARTIN.  

JUDE MARTIN IS A GIFTED WRITER, FILM CRITIQUE AND PUBLIC RELATIONS EXPERT.

Oloibiri and Nowhere to run win big at the 7th edition of Homevida Awards + photos & scoop

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On Saturday the 10th of December 2016, the 7th edition of Nigeria Integrity Film Awards took place at Oriental Hotel Victoria Island Lagos. It was a night of fun and excitement as the audience were treated to electrifying performances by Waje and Timi Dakolo.

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The event kicked off with a cocktail at 6pm presenting networking opportunities among the guests present. Some of the guests include the Director General, National Film and Videos Censors Board (NFVCB), Patricia Bala and United States Government Representative, Peter Hansen. Nollywood came out in their numbers with the presence of actors and producers such as Olu Jacobs, Hilda Dokubo, Uru Eke, Rogers Ofime and  Blossom Chukwujekwu.

Hosted by the beautiful Dorcas Shola Fapson and the eloquent Ofi Ejembi, the theme of this year’s awards focused on Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance endowed by USAID SACE and Promoting the Digital Economy supported by Google.

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One of the highlights of the event was the premiere of the 2016 Homevida Short films ‘In Apathy’ endowed by USAID SACE and ‘Beautiful Mistake’ supported by Google. The script writers were not left out of the pizzazz as they were presented with their awards. The short script winners are Oladipo Awelenje (writer of ‘In Apathy’) for the Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance endowed by USAID SACE;  Jennifer Agunloye (writer of ‘Beautiful Mistake’) and Ajayi Olusegun (writer of ‘Due Netligence’) for the “Promoting the Digital Economy” category supported by Google.

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In the Feature Film and Documentary Category, ‘Oloibiri’ by Rogers Ofime, won the Best feature Film in Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance while ‘Nowhere to Run’ sponsored by the Shehu Musa Yaradua Foundation, won the  prize for the Best Documentary in Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance. Both prizes were endowed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Oloibiri was shortlisted for the prize alongside Uru Eke’s debut production ‘Remember Me’ while ‘Nowhere to Run’ was shortlisted alongside Kayode Ogundamisi’s ‘Coping with Boko Haram’.

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Thanks to everyone who participated in Homevida 2016, to be a part of Homevida 2017, please send a mail to info@homevida.org

Congrats to all winners and nominees! See more images from the event.

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The Homevida Ambassador is …….

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Its official! Award-winning Nollywood actor Blossom Chukwujekwu is the goodwill ambassador of HomeVida!!!

HomeVida is excited to be working with Blossom Chukwujekwu especially as he brings a reputation worthy of integrity and excellence. He is currently the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards 2015 Best Supporting Actor.

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Meet the Jury

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Every year, the Homevida jury comprises of young, vibrant individuals who are committed to making a positive impact in their society. Meet this year’s jury below:

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Blossom Chukwujekwu is currently the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards 2015 Best Supporting Actor. He made his acting debut in 2009 with the movie Private Storm and is best known for titles such as Knocking On Heavens’ Door, Flower Girl, Finding Mercy and Nigeria’s first ever Telenovella Taste Of Love.  Born in Benin City, Edo State, Blossom Chukwujekwu hails from Otolo, Nnewi North in Anambra State and holds a Bachelors’ degree in Mass Communications from the Benson Idahosa University.

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Titi is a non-techie techie with expertise in ICT policy and strategy. She holds a Masters in Management (Research Dissertation) from the University of Witwatersrand, specializing in Knowledge Management. Her experience spans both the public and private sectors leading and consulting for a range of regional and international institutions.  She served two terms on nomination of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, on the Internet Governance Forum Advisory Group, and as High-Level adviser of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT for Development amongst other roles. A creative, she continues to be a part of the theater and film industry even as she manages Policy and government relations for the foremost Internet Company globally as part of a team in Africa. She has a range of publications on the issues of knowledge management, ICT4D and access, social media and the Internet ecosystem. She continues to actively engage on research and capacity building activities around Internet Governance in Africa initiating creative ways of engaging both Government, Civil society, the private sector and end users to understand, develop and implement policies that enable continuing innovation in the Internet sector.

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Oluseun Onigbinde is the co-founder of BudgIT and a Knight International Journalism Fellow. For the past four years, he has been at the forefront of leading the initiative of developing a public data visualization platform for Nigeria’s budget. An avid writer with greater enthusiasm for reading, he is the 2012 Future Awards prize winner for Science and Tech Innovation and also won an award at the 2012 World Summit Youth Award. BudgIT, his organization was listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the top five exciting African startups to watch out for in 2013.

Sam UcheSam Uche Anyamele

Sam Uche Anyamele is a multi-lingual multiple award winning and multi-talented performing artiste cum instrumentalist, an Actor/Director, a Motivator, Mogul, Model, M.C (Compere par Excellence). With membership at various related allied associations in the Creative Community/ Culture Sector. He was at a time a Regional Judge/Artistic Director for the rested Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO 2010) and an Associate Producer for The Next Movie Star, 2012 both programs are T.V. reality shows that have identified, trained and groomed young vibrant talents / artistes in the Entertainment Industry and the Arts and Culture Sector at large.

Ifesinachi OkoliIfesinachi Okoli – Okpagu

Ifesinachi is a versatile writer, who has written for screen and in other forms, including popular Nigerian blog, Bella Naija. With over five years of experience serving in various production capacities in the entertainment industry, she has written screenplays and scripts for studios, Pay TV channels and notable independent production companies including Amaka Igwe Studios, Ebonylife TV, Inspire Africa Productions, Temple Productions Limited, Grand Synopsis Media, among others. A Master’s degree graduate of Marketing Communications from the Pan-Atlantic University where she won the university prize for best graduating student, she has received several trainings in her area of expertise including BBC World Service Trust Creative Writing training, British Council Radiophonic training, Farafina Workshop and several other film production courses. Ifesinachi is also a published author whose works have appeared in local and international media.

Patrick EnaholoPatrick Enaholo

Patrick Enaholo is a member of faculty at the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos where he teaches in the department of New Media and Design. He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds, UK. He is keenly interested in the development of the creative industries in Nigeria and has been involved in a number of projects in the film, music, digital media and animation sectors. To pursue these projects, he has worked with various international organizations and corporations including Samsung, Microsoft, Google among others. Recently, he helped set up the Centenary Film Project, in partnership with HomeVida and supported by Google. He is a film enthusiast and something of a perfectionist. When he is not thinking up new ideas, you would find him reading a novel, watching a movie or checking up the sports news.

Chris OdehChris Odeh

Chris Odeh is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Bayero University, Kano in Nigeria. He is a passionate Producer, Project Manager, Trainer, Marketer and a Creative Script Writer with over a decade of experience in the media and entertainment industry of Nigeria. He started up as an associate producer with pan-African TV talk show Moments with Mo on DSTV; where he was a part of the team that churned out more than 100 episodes. In 2011 he won the HomeVida Best Short Film Script in the child friendly category with the popular ‘Enitan

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Isioma Osaje is currently the Creative Director at Agency 106 & Co., a boutique firm which provides Talent Management and Agency services for practitioners in the Nigerian Film Industry. Isioma Osaje is also a budding film maker and works as an Associate Producer with The Audrey Silva Company. Her CV includes seven years of experience in journalism, radio broadcasting and public relations. Ms. Osaje holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from Igbinedion University Edo State and is from Agbor-Obi, Ika South in Delta State.

Bukky OmoseniBukky Omoseni

Bukky Omoseni is a producer and media consultant with over eighteen {18} years’ experience in both Nigerian and International Companies. Over the years, he has worked with leading production companies in Nigeria such as Dudu Productions, IBST Media, HB Consolidated, Walterbanger 101 Productions and Micro Media Marketing to name a few. While in the Republic of Ireland, he worked as a Consultant to RTE; Ireland’s national television. Bukky also worked as a volunteer at Lucan’s Community Radio station ‘Liffey Sound FM’ where he hosted a multicultural talk show called ‘The Confluence’. He has worked with several government related agencies, companies and individuals to produce documentaries, adverts, films, soap operas and reality TV shows.

This competition is endowed by the Centenary Project and supported by Google

Movie Review of : A Place Called Happy

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A Place Called Happy (2015)

Cast: Blossom Chukwujekwu, Sika Osei, Kiki Omeili, Mawuli Gavor

Director: Dolapo Adeleke (Lowladee)

Synopsis: Fate takes two strangers, Abena Aseidu (Sika Osei) engaged to be married and Dimeji (Blossom Chukwujekwu) who is on the verge of a divorce, on an unexpected journey that will change their lives forever.

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Homevida 2015 Call For Scripts is here!!!

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Homevida is calling on all young and creative Nigerians to send in their original scripts for the Homevida 2015 Short Script Competition!

The category for this year is “Internet Technology and Cultural Values” and the winner will get a cash prize of N100,000 as well as the opportunity to turn the script into a short film.

We also have lined up a jury of talented film makers including the Best Supporting Actor at the 2014 AMVCAs, Blossom Chukwujekwu.

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To send in your original scripts, read the criteria here, follow the instructions and upload your entries. You do not want to miss this opportunity!

Entries close June 22nd, 2015

This year’s competition is endowed by the Centenary Film Project and supported by Google.

October 1 shines at the AMVCAs!!!

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The long awaited Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards 2015 (AMVCAs) held on Saturday March 7, 2015 at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. In its usual form, it attracted lots of glitz and glam as film makers all over Africa were in attendance. October 1 by Kunle Afolayan dominated the event by winning in 9 categories including the Best Movie for 2014. Following in tow was, Rita Dominic’s The Meeting, which bagged 5 awards. Not left out of the winning streak was Ayo Makun, who bagged the New Era Special Recognition Award for 30 Days in Atlanta.

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This year’s event saw fast rising actors Blossom Chukwujekwu and Linda Ejiofor being recognized for their spectacular performances as they bagged the awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. OC Ukeje shone in this year’s award as he picked up the award for The Best Actor in a Drama, an award he won in 2013.

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The late film maker and nollywood veteran, Amaka Igwe was posthumously awarded with the Industry Merit Award which was presented by actor Richard Mofe-Damijo and received by her husband, Charles Igwe. The 2015 AMVCA Trailblazer Award was presented to  CJ Obasi, director of the movie – Ojuju, which won the AFRIFF 2014 Best Nigerian Film Award.

See full list of winners and more pictures after the cut:

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Google, Homevida, NFVCB organise maiden edition of SID in Nigeria

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On the 10th of February, 2015, Homevida, Google and the National Film and Videos Censors Board (NFVCB) hosted 32 school children to commemorate the maiden edition of the Safer Internet Day (SID) in Nigeria. This day has been celebrated all over the world since 2004, and in its 12th year, Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark this special event. SID seeks to promote safer and more responsible use of online technologies including mobile Internet and the theme for this year was “Lets create a better internet together“. The event which held at the Mulliner Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos, featured workshops in which the students were enlightened on the various ways the Internet can be of benefit to them and pitfalls they should be wary of. In the past two years, Google has observed Safer Internet Day with the rest of the world and has reached out to thousands of young online users, teachers and parents.

Nollywood stars, Blossom Chukwujekwu and Sam Uche Anyamele were also in attendance

See pictures from the event after the cut

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