BY TOLU FAGBURE
My people! How una dey o? Ok so make we continue our Owo Blow gist na abi? Mr. Chief Correspondent Segun Odejimi don nearly wan kill me… “Send this thing now” now I don dey send am so mechieonu gi. Before I went after my rice the last time, we examined the story craft and merits but now it’s time to discuss the other dramatic and performance elements of the movie.
Particular focus today will be on the performance of actors in the movie Owo Blow which simply put was fantastic. Every actor in the movie were adequately prepared to deliver a convincing performance; Femi Adebayo and Kunle Afod who made debut appearances in the movie reached into the emotional abyss of the audience to initiate a metaphysical connection between the performance and viewers. You see I could go on and on mentioning names of actors who later went on to become big names in the industry but who at the time of this movie’s release were just beginning their career but I think it is better to summarize all the long speech into one major fact; the performance of all actors in the movie was classical and classy. I know! I know!! Some sabojos want me to mention their names abi? Ehn…ehn you for talk that one since now, eke is my hobby people! O ya Femi Adebayo and Kunle Afodunrin a.k.a. Kunle Afod dey there (I don talk that one before now). Femi Adebayo’s performance as a younger version of the title character Wole Owolabi (Owo Blow) was particularly impressive as a first timer on a major screen role and I personally think Femi Adebayo has not been able to match the effectiveness of that performance till now – don’t mind me o, I am just thinking aloud. Taiwo Hassan (Ogogo)’s interpretation of the older version of the title character was what actually endeared him to the elitist film/movie audience in Nigeria and it was his performance in this role that established him as an actor with immense talent.
The likes of Sam Loco Efe, Binta Ayo Mogaji, Lanre Hassan, Albert Akaeze, Bayo Bankole, Adewale Elesho, Bimbo Akintola also delivered their roles in a stylistically refreshing performance which became typical of actors who were to later feature in Tade Ogidan movies; I guess that is as a result of adequate actor preparation by a director who knows his onions in the movie making business need I add that Tade Ogidan is perhaps the only director after Laolu Ogunniyi and Tunde Kelani who first started trying a synthetic mix of academically trained and artisan trained actors to achieve commercial productions. I do think however that a casting mistake lies in the non-resemblance of Femi Adebayo to Taiwo Hassan (the former having played the younger of the latter) which may have caused a little disconnection in physical cognition but the brilliant performances of the mentioned actors did a good job of covering this up in an artistic smoke screen; dangerous but impressive.
The general performance of the actors in Owo Blow caused a massive suspension of disbelief a necessity for firm emotional connection between the audience and the character which, of course, is a pre-requisite ingredient for reflection and possibly action; this is the whole intent of a crime thriller with a socio-economic/political undercurrent inherent in the thematic preoccupation of the Owo Blow story. If this premise is true, then it is safe to say then that the acting or performance component of the Owo Blow movie is a strong link in the production chain which resulted in an admirable and artistically successful movie end product.
Now this is where I’ve got to go because my head and the computer screen are beginning to have a forced connection (which is painful and financially dangerous!). When I come back again, we’ll finally talk about the filmic components; that is camera, lights, costume, make up, props, etc. and how they all helped make Owo Blow the household flick it was. Till then, mo mu irin finally meaning I don commot!!!
Tolu Fagbure is an entertainment entrepreneur and consultant with extensive cognate experience in writing, directing, and producing. Directed the Afrinolly Cinema4Change Short film “My Brother’s Keeper”.