In the non-ending quest for a better life, Nigerian women are shipped to 40 countries worldwide every year, only to end up trafficked into prostitution. Human trafficking is the third most common crime in Nigeria after drug trafficking and economic fraud.
This epidemic inspired internationally celebrated media icon Mo Abudu, to create Òlòtūré, a stirring story about the harrowing experiences of sex workers and sex trafficking in Nigeria.
Set in Lagos, Òlòtūré is the story of a young, naive Nigerian journalist (Sharon Ooja) who goes undercover to expose the shady underworld of human trafficking. The titular film draws its main character into the lives of the women she must pretend to be, she finds friendship with Blessing, Linda, and Beauty, the prostitutes she lives with.
The movie delivers on its synopsis laden with gripping scenes and relatable characters all wrapped neatly with a coherent story. Òlòtūré is a fixating story of hope and expectation; of betrayal, violence, survival and endurance in the current Nigerian society. The Mo Abudu produced movie leaves no stone unturned in depicting the dreadful lives of sex workers. Altogether, the cast turn out career-defining performances giving the viewer a transcendent yet surreal experience.
Òlòtūré is a must-see and a wakeup call to everyone about the need to pay serious attention to the issue of human trafficking and sex work in Nigeria. The film is set for a festival run before its cinematic release later this year.
The Kenneth Gyang-directed film serves up a brilliant cast with Sharon Ooja as the titular character, Omoni Oboli, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Segun Arinze, Omowunmi Dada, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Wofai Fada, Beverly Osu, Bukola Oladipupo, Pearl Okorie, Ikechukwu Onanaku, David Jones David, Sambasa Nzeribe and Omawumi Megbele. The movie is written by Yinka Ogun with the original story by Mo Abudu & Heidi Uys.