Jàde Osiberu‘s film Gangs of Lagos, which examines political gang culture and thuggery in Nigeria, is gritty and intriguing.
It’s the first indigenous African movie released on Amazon Prime Video on April 7, 2023, and is based on real events that happened in Isale Eko, Lagos.
The film centers on Obalola and his pal’s Gift and Ify, who grew up in Lagos’ chaotic streets.
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Gangs of Lagos was Insipired by Isale Eko
Gangs of Lagos, which has been in production since 2021, was reportedly inspired by the picturesque view from the rooftop of Isale Eko, according to the film’s producer and director, Jade Osiberu.
“…In 2016, I filmed a sequence for Gidi Up season 3 on a rooftop in Isale Eko, which gave me the idea to create a movie about a group of friends who grow up there.
5 years later, we are there on that same rooftop, filming a scene with our closest friends.
Tobi Bakre, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Chioma Akpotha, Iyabo Ojo, the famous Pasuma, Nigerian singer-songwriter Chike Osebuka, and Afrobeats musician Zlatan Ibile are among the cast members of Gang of Lagos.(Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael).
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About Gangs of Lagos
Watching Gangs of Lagos is essential. Tobi Bakre’s complicated and ethically ambiguous central character, Obalola, personifies the ugly reality of political godfatherism and thuggery in Nigeria.
He is Kazeem’s goon and the head of the Road Workers Union. He enjoys using violence and intimidation.
Even though Obalola seems to have a strong moral code, he will continue to support Kazeem’s violent behavior and ignore his deadly tendencies.
Although the movie does an excellent job of examining the brains of individuals who commit crimes, viewers can find themselves sympathizing with Obalola since he is the least of many evils.
The film also examines the implications of persons with very dubious credentials coming to power, as well as the sad reality of political godfatherism and thuggery.
Overall, Gangs of Lagos is a fantastic film that captures the political reality of Nigeria.