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Drug Trafficking Offers Way Out Of Poverty In Kunle Afolayan’s “Swallow”

Award-winning Nigerian producer and director Kunle Afolayan released his latest film “Swallow” on Netflix this October.

“Swallow” is the story of two ladies who relocated to Lagos in the 80s in search of greener pasture. While they go out every day for their daily bread they are confronted with challenges such as s*xual harassment at work and poverty. In search of a better life, they met a drug peddler who promises a better life through drug trafficking.

Drug Trafficking Offers A Way Out Of Poverty In Kunle Afolayan's "Swallow"
Netflix poster of Kunle Afolayan’s film “Swallow”

In this film Nigerian singer Niyola Akinbo makes her Nollywood debut as Tolani Ajao. Did she do a good job with her character? Well, I will say her performance was above average. She got into character pretty well. Her facial expressions, body gestures and script interpretation was not bad for a first attempt in Nollywood.

Drug Trafficking Offers A Way Out Of Poverty In Kunle Afolayan's "Swallow"
Niyola Akinbo

On the other hand, Ijeoma Grace Agu gave a mind-blowing performance as Rose Adamson; a determined woman who would do anything to fight her way out of poverty even if it cost her life in the process.

Drug Trafficking Offers A Way Out Of Poverty In Kunle Afolayan's "Swallow"
Ijeoma Grace Agu

For costumes and set arrangements, Kunle Afolayan didn’t disappoint us in “Swallow”. You won’t be able to differentiate this film and one shot in the 80s as the clothes, buildings, offices, cars were made to suit the lifestyle of the era the film was set in.

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However, the film just like “Citation” was unnecessary long. It takes a great deal of patience to watch a two hours film on Netflix. Some scenes were overly flogged while some were unnecessary.

Also, the comparison between Christian worship and Ifa deity was another side of the story I felt was really uncalled for. A film on drug trafficking should concentrate on the subject matter and not faith.

“Swallow” is streaming on Netflix and if you are a lover of Kunle Afolayan’s creativity, then you should see the it.

 

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Charis Ebiaghian

A creative writer ready to dish out juicy stories as they drop. When she is not writing, she is probably thinking of what to write next