By Tunde Niyi-Akinmade
Nollywood blockbuster producers, EbonyLife Films has hosted an exclusive private screening of its latest feature film, Òlòtūré.
The screening in partnership with Ms. Laure Beaufils, the British Deputy High Commissioner, held at at the IMAX – Lekki, in Lagos.
The new film, which is seen by many critics as a bold step in a new direction for Nollywood, tackles one of the major serious issues plaguing the Nigerian society – human trafficking.
Set in Lagos, Òlòtūré is the story of a young, naïve Nigerian journalist who goes undercover to expose the shady underworld of human trafficking.
Finding herslf in an unfamiliar, brutal environment, crawling with ruthless traders and pimps, Òlòtūré finds warmth and friendship with Blessing, Linda and Beauty, the prostitutes she lives with. However, she gets drawn into their lifestyle and finds it difficult to cope. In her quest to uncover the truth, this rookie reporter pays the ultimate price – one that takes her to the verge of no return.
Mo Abudu, the Executive Producer of EbonyLife Films, said the making of Òlòtūré was a challenge as it focused on a controversial, globally-important topic. However, she stated that she finds delight in the task as it was a task that needed to be done.
“Òlòtūré explores a world very few people know anything about and had to be dealt with in a particular way,” Abudu said.
“It’s not a documentary, but it addresses real issues most of our society doesn’t see, harnessing the talents of some of the country’s top actors and filmmakers to produce a film that is both intelligent and profound – and breaks bold new genre and stylistic ground for Nollywood.”
The film, with its meticulous handling of the issue offers an expose to watchers, especially young women seeking greener pastures, have little idea of just how dangerous the hope of bringing a better future home, can be.
It promises to present a gripping watching experience for audiences across the globe and hopes to the lift the veil on an almost invisible crime and appeal to audiences which are increasingly seeking out content that carries a social message while providing a gripping story, memorable characters and excellent production values.
“We hope that Òlòtūré will lead the charge in a bold new direction for narrative filmmaking in Nollywood, and take more Nigerian stories to the world,” Abudu said.
Òlòtūré is directed by Kenneth Gyang and stars Sharon Ooja; Omoni Oboli; Blossom Chukwujekwu; Omowunmi Dada; Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju; Wofai Fada; Bukola Oladipupo; Pearl Okorie; Ikechukwu Onanaku; David Jones David; Sambasa Nzeribe and Omawumi Megbele.
Òlòtūré will commence its festival run this summer, after which it will be released across cinemas in Nigeria and then to streaming platforms.