BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
Okafor’s Law tells the story of Chucks who is an ardent player with the ladies. He enjoys the attention of women, including girlfriends from the past. He believes that once a man has had a woman, he forever has access to her. When challenged by his friends to see if he can prove the universality of that theory with three ex-girlfriends from his school days within 21 days, he accepts it.
Starring Omoni Oboli, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Ufuoma McDermott, Toyin Aimakhu, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Ken Erics, Gabriel Afolayan, Lala Akindoju, Halima Abubakar, Mary Lazarus, Yvonne Jegede, Betty Iraboh, Uche Nnaji, Okafor’s Law is directed and produced by Omoni Oboli and edited by Mike Steve Adeleye.
The movie is part of the selection for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) City to City (Lagos) program.
Here are 4 things we learned from the trailer:
- No Lekki-Ikoyi bridge, no establishment shot. Sigh. We thought after we prayed and offered sacrifices to the gods of Nollywood, that we would not have to see an aerial shot of that bridge. We thought we were free at last and that these cinematographers would move on to something else, probably the newly constructed pedestrian bridge at Ojodu Berger. We were wrong. We will be haunted by images of that bridge when we sleep. Omoni and co didn’t even try to epp us. They put it right at the beginning of this trailer. *weeps*
- A law needs to be passed. Chucks needs to stop being Chucks, with immediate effect! We let it slide in Ghana Must Go where Blossom Chukwujekwu’s character was named Chucks. Now, he is appearing in Okafor’s Law as Chucks again. Are we running out of character names now? Or is it a punishment of some sort for Blossom? At least if we want to be doing that, let’s have Omoni as Omoni in one of these films too. Will be fun, won’t it?
- Gabriel Afolayan’s acting is something to look forward to. While not taking anything away from the performances of Blossom, Ufuoma, RMD, Toyin and Oboli, we are particularly looking forward to watching Gabriel in this film. In our books, Gabriel is one of the most underrated actors in Nollywood and sometimes we think his not quite large frame can be attributed to one of the reasons his stock hasn’t risen far beyond what it currently is. His reaction when Ken Erics (?) brings up the challenge to Chucks at the pool table?Brilliant!
- Toyin Aimakhu seems to have successfully crossed the “divide”. In many quarters, there’s an imaginary divide between the “English New Nollywood” and Yoruba Nollywood. Several of those who are on the Yoruba side of it believe that they are being marginalized by the Lagos people because their films are made in the Yoruba language. Apart from Funke Akindele who effortlessly crosses the divide as she wills, there haven’t been many actresses who have done that lately. However, Toyin seems to have successfully crossed with this film. Even though her acting still comes across at times as being all over the place, she appears to be getting better by the day.
Watch the trailer below: