It’s not uncommon for a movie to captivate its viewers to the point where they crave more. Each year, certain films have a way of leaving a lasting impression that ignites a strong desire for a sequel or even an entire series. Although it may be premature to determine which of Nollywood’s 2023 releases has succeeded in captivating audiences, one film that undoubtedly falls into the list of contenders is Gangs Of Lagos.
From the creative mind behind the hit action thriller Brotherhood, which premiered in 2022, comes Gangs of Lagos. This new crime thriller delivered the same heart-stopping action that had viewers on the edge of their seats in the previous film.
While the movie offers an authentic portrayal of Lagos street life and has several notable strengths, it also has some weaknesses in terms of dialogue and plot. In this review, we will explore these aspects in detail.
WHO DIRECTED AND PRODUCED GANG OF LAGOS MOVIE?
Gang of Lagos is a Nigerian movie that was directed by the talented filmmaker, Jade Osiberu. The movie was written by Kay Jegede and Jade Osiberu, and produced by Jade Osiberu and Kemi Lala Akindoju, both of whom are well-respected names in the Nigerian film industry.
CASTS FROM THE MOVIE
The major cast of “Gangs of Lagos” features an ensemble of talented actors including Tobi Bakre, Demi Banwo, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Iyabo Ojo, Bimbo Ademoye, Toyin Abraham, Chike, Eniola Badmus, Yvonne Jegede, Yinka Quadri, Pasuma, Yhemmo Lee, Debo Macaroni and Chioma Akpotha.
Tobi Bakre as Obalola – Tobi Bakre plays the main character of Obalola, a street kingpin in Isale Eko who must protect his throne and continue his father’s legacy as a former kingpin.
Adesua Etomi-Wellington as Gift – Adesua Etomi-Wellington portrays Gift, a strong female character who is Obalola’s sergeant and a key player in defending his throne from rival gang leaders while seeking vengeance for Oba.
Iyabo Ojo as Mama Oba – Although not a central character, Iyabo Ojo’s portrayal of Mama Oba is significant in the early part of the film. She is a devoutly religious woman who once prayed for Obalola’s well-being and hopes he does not follow in his father’s footsteps.
Chike as Ify – Nigerian musician Chike plays the role of Ify, Tobi Bakre’s childhood friend who supports him in his quest to protect his throne and avenge his father’s death.
Chioma Akpotha as the Bereaved Woman – Chioma Akpotha plays a minor role in the film as a bereaved woman whose husband was killed during the crises that arose in Isale Eko.She is also the mother of Ify.
ABOUT THE MOVIE
The movie “Gangs of Lagos” follows a group of friends who turn to a life of crime in the challenging streets of Isale Eko after experiencing devastating losses. They embark on a mission to seek revenge and correct the injustices committed by the street gangs.
Isale Eko, a bustling city in Nigeria, is where Obalola was born. His birth was shrouded in controversy, as he was the son of a notorious kingpin and a devout mother. Unfortunately, Obalola’s father died young, leaving him to be raised solely by his mother. She prayed constantly that her son would not follow in his father’s footsteps, but Obalola seemed destined to become a ruler of the streets like his father.
Growing up on the tough streets of Isale Eko, Obalola learned quickly that survival meant dominating those around him. With his charisma and street smarts, he rose to the top of the food chain and became the leader of a band of loyal street fighters. Gift, played by Adesua Etomi-Wellington, was his right-hand woman and possibly his love interest.
However, the fragile peace in Isale Eko is shattered when a betrayal occurs involving one of the street lords and Gift. Obalola is forced to seek revenge, leading to a deadly feud that threatens to tear the city apart. As the death toll rises, it becomes clear that only the strongest can emerge victorious in this power struggle.
Despite his best efforts to maintain control, Obalola finds that ruling with terror only breeds resentment and rebellion among his people. As the war escalates, former allies turn against him and seek to seize power for themselves. In the end, it’s a fight to the death for the future of Isale Eko.
The cast of Gangs of Lagos delivers powerful performances, with Tobi Bakre shining in the lead role of Obalola. Iyabo Ojo delivers a standout performance as Iya Oba, Obalola’s mother, who tries desperately to steer her son away from a life of crime. With a gripping storyline and top-notch production values, Gangs of Lagos is a must-see for fans of Nigerian cinema and crime dramas alike.
WHERE TO WATCH THE MOVIE
Prime Video, the popular streaming platform, has announced the much-awaited release date for its first-ever Amazon Original Movie from Africa, titled “Gangs of Lagos.” This crime drama premiered worldwide on April 7, 2023, and the news has generated immense excitement among movie enthusiasts.
The film’s Director and Producer, Jáde Osiberu described “Gangs of Lagos” as one of the most highly anticipated movies from Nollywood, the world’s second-largest film industry. The short teaser released by Prime Video offers a glimpse into the storyline, adding to the anticipation for the film’s release.