Running time: 1 hour 44 minutes
Director: Tunde Olaye
Writers: Laduda Quadri and Segun Akejeje
Cast: Gabriel Afolayan, Kehinde Bankole, Adeniyi Johnson, Hafiz ‘Saka’ Oyetoro, Debo ‘Mr Macaroni’ Adebayo, Omowunmi Dada, Zack Orji, Norbert Young, Laduba Quadri Qidad, Kalu Ikeagwu, Tunji Adeyemo
Released in 2021 and currently available on Prime Video in 2023, “Lugard” remains a timeless depiction of the profound impact of cultism within Nigerian higher education, coupled with themes of redemption.
From the outset, what captured my attention was the mastery of the English language. It wasn’t contrived accents but rather a genuine command of English that encourages a newfound appreciation for Literature and the language as a whole — a delight to the senses.
The portrayal of settings and the subtle incorporation of native attire were commendable. Unlike many films, the introduction felt organic, seamlessly woven into the narrative without disruption.
The central storyline was intriguing. The accusation against Lugard, the freedom fighter, by Little as his brother and mother’s killer (her death indirectly linked to his brother’s demise) provoked discussion, compelling me to stay engaged till the very end. I must admit, I was thoroughly impressed. I then understood why the movie was trending was again on Prime Video after approximately 2 years.
Gabriel Afolayan, Kehinde Bankole, Adeniyi Johnson, and Debo ‘Mr Macaroni’ Adebayo, alongside the rest of the cast, delivered stellar performances.
For enthusiasts of poetry, certain scenes will undoubtedly captivate. Even Wole Soyinka might draw inspiration for his next literary endeavour.
Without delay, I urge you to head over to Prime Video and experience “Lugard” firsthand!
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