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Watching the PowerOf1, one would suddenly realise that there is no one pathway to making a difference in one’s little space. It is a kind of movie that lives beyond the four walls of a cinema and makes one shed tears which is a trademark found in Bollywood movies.
The movie was written mostly from Innocent Idibia’s story and the principles he stands for being an icon of social change himself. It stands against the social ills and political corruption, while encouraging discourse around social change, showing concern for the well-being of others and the environment and ultimately how being responsible citizens contribute to the community in active, positive, and creative ways.
No, wait! It’s not a boring movie.
The storyline is about a young celebrity hiphop artist, LeJit, played by Alex Ekubo (@alexxekubo), caught in between standing for what he believes in at the detriment of his career and safety of his family or giving in to pressure.
He wanted to send a strong but peaceful message to those in power that enough is enough, but what started from simply copying and pasting a post on social media soon becomes a monster making what he thinks is just a simple mission seems impossible.
What really is the message and who are the enemy – and who’s really on the side of this lone crusader?
The clamour for change in the country cannot be overemphasised and PowerOf1 is one movie which tried to point discussion in that line. The movie come at a good or bad time, depending on whether you’re a government or the governed.
Pundits have argued that though it’s a good watch, it would make the government extremely uncomfortable. How far that’s true is highly subjective, especially when the society is divided between those that are for and against the government.
PowerOf1 touches all aspects of the society; the good, bad and the downright ugly, without missing the beat to be entertaining, informative and galvanise discussions and actions towards being socially responsible in your own space.
See the movie and you’re encouraged immediately to be a good citizen especially of Nigeria, which is the main focus, no matter how hopeless you may have assumed the country to be.
The movie was directed by the multiple award winning Izu Ojukwu, hence the movie quality in terms of picture is guaranteed by default.
Another character of focus is Annie Idibia. She plays Vera, LeJit’s wife, who despite her problems still manages to stay sexy and classy worthy of each scene throughout the movie.
Possibly because the movie was shot all through in Lagos, the language used is a mixture of English, pidgin, Yoruba and a little of Hausa language. But this notwithstanding, ensures that every section of Nigerian fabric are well represented.
It is nothing when an ordinary citizen decides to protest, but becomes an issue when a celebrity throw his weight behind it because at that moment, the government listens.
PowerOf1 is an action packed movie that touches on crimes, kidnapping, passion, power, wife and mother relationship, betrayals, and well-coordinated assassination attempt.
Being a popular story we all as Nigerians knew about, the unpredictability of what actually happened heightens your interest to see the movie to the end.
Do you know what it means when someone says ‘Live for naija on yankee time’? Then watch PowerOf1 and entertain yourself with strong street languages you can only find around 2Baba and make you go damn!
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