The entertainment and film making industry has become very versatile. Our producers and directors keep churning out content that are competing favourably in terms of content, creativity and aesthetics.
This aptly captures the mood at the preview of the movie Kofa in Lagos recently. It actually leaves you asking for more, understanding the message and putting yourself in the plot .
Kofa is expository, rich in content as it attempts to unveil and treat topical issues in our society today.
At the centre of this brilliant masterpiece is a Canada-based Nigerian award-winning filmmaker, actor , poet Jude Idada.
His full length feature film, “Kofa” interestingly featured talented cast who made it engaging and a story line to remember.
In a short while it has bagged two nominations for Best Actor in Drama category(Daniel Etim-Effiong) and Best Supporting Actress (Gina Castel) in the forthcoming Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, AMVCAs.
Happily, Idada takes you into his world, his passion why he ventured into the production of this kind of movie that reverberates the society. “I like to use art as a tool to change society.”
Idada, who’s also a Nigeria Prize for Literature winner described “Kofa” as ‘a solution driven movie of all time.’
At the preview of the movie at FilmOne, Imax in Lekki, Lagos, Idada got a standing ovation after its screening.
“Kofa” is an engaging psychological thriller about a group of eight people in their underwear who wake up to find themselves locked in a room. All they remember are their names. As an armed man comes in to pick them out, one after the other, they struggle to remember who they are, where they are and why they are there in order to marshal out a plan, evade the armed man and escape.
Idada delved into a subject matter that many filmmakers shy away from. Terrorism is a tropical issue in Nigeria that needs to be addressed , and Idada tackling the monster in his new film is bravery and a welcome development. The leader of terrorists was set up by his politician friend who brought a virgin to him for marriage. But unknown to him that the virgin was on a mission to kill him.
The movie starred the likes of Daniel Etim Effiong, Kate Henshaw, Ijeoma Grace Agu, Beverly Naya, Zainab Balogun, Enyinna Nwigwe, Shawn Faqua, Charles Etubiebi, Gina Castel, Udoka Oyeka, Bucci Franklin. Others are Lucy Ameh, Carol King, Afeez Oyetoro, Achalugo Chioma Ilozumba, Paul Utomi, Femi Olayiwole, Folu Ogunkeye, Kiki Omeili, Wale Ojo, Eucharia Okoye, and Kola “Aderupoko” Olaiya.
“Kofa is proof that once your heart and mind is in the right place, the impossible becomes possible. We made this film with love, grit, perseverance, and belief,” Idada added.