Rahama Sadau, Kemi Lala Akindoju, others impress In Ajuwaya

Rahama Sadau

Following the success of his movie, Couple of Days, producer and director, Tolu Awobiyi LordTanner’s new movie, Ajuwaya, the Haunted Village, hit cinemas nationwide yesterday, on July 7.

Ajuwaya, which is an epic adventure movie, has been described as a breath of fresh air, particularly in an industry largely dominated by romantic comedy movies.

It was first screened at the Lagos State NYSC Camp and most recently to the media at the Film House Cinema in Surulere on Wednesday, June 28.

The youth-oriented movie delivers a fresh and unique angle to the conventional Nollywood epic story and takes us on a journey following the story of six young city-dwelling corps members, who get posted to a remote village and end up breaking an age-long tradition without realising it.

The movie features Timini Egbuson, Lanre Hassan, Etinosa Idemudia, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Kannywood’s Rahama Sadau and others.

According to the director and producer: “When I wanted to come into movie industry, one of the things I wanted to do was make a movie that targets ages 18 and 25/30, the vibrant age bracket that does not watch Nollywood, and this is what we are doing with Ajuwaya.

“One of the best experiences I ever had was during my youth service. It was a year when I got to experience another life in the same country called Nigeria.

“The first time I heard the name Ajuwaya was during the orientation camp. It was the name our trainers used to call us. I didn’t know what it meant until someone told me it actually meant ‘as you were.”

Speaking on the importance of the movie to society, the producer said: “I believe that one year is one unique period where many Nigerian youths get to see other parts of Nigeria and experience their country in a whole new way.

“So, the intention was to create a movie around an experience that is unique, yet significant to the Nigerian youth who attends the mandatory national youth service.

“The story is a good one, although not the usual popular Nollywood genre, but the audience and all lovers of good movie will enjoy watching it.”

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