Odunlade Adekola, Femi Jacobs, Saka Star In Taxi Driver (Oko Ashewo)
Popular Yoruba actor, Odunlade Adekola, AMVCA Winner, Femi Jacobs, MTN Ambassador, Saka and fast rising actress, Ijeoma Grace Agwu are the stars of the latest movie, Taxi Driver (OkoAshewo) from the stable of FilmOne, the production and distribution arm of FilmHouse.
Taxi Driver is a hilarious dark comedy drama about working in Lagos at night, as a taxi Driver. The lead character Adigun played by AMVCA winner Femi Jacobs, is a 31-year-old naive village mechanic coming to Lagos for the first time. His decision comes following the sudden death of his father, a man he never truly knew, yet a man very popular in his village as the iconic Lagos taxi driver ‘Oko Ashewo’.
However, Adigun’s coming to Lagos is on the invitation of Taiwo, his father’s fellow taxi driver played by popular Yoruba actor, Odunlade Adekola. But Taiwo is dangerous and as shady as Lagos at night. Taxi Driver (Oko Ashewo) tells the story of how Adigun copes with dealing with the multitude of odd characters he comes across working at night from Delia the queen prostitute, to Kakanfo the unseen vigilante, the notorious assassins ‘three wise men’, to the Godfather, Baba Mistura and many more interesting characters that ply their trade in Lagos at night. A strong contender as one of the most beautifully shot film ever to have come out of Nigeria. This dark comedy story brings a rich mixed bag of emotions from love to greed to betrayal, shenanigans, contradictions and self-discovery.
The movie directed by Daniel Emeke Oriahi will be in cinemaS across Nigeria from Friday, November 13. Speaking on the movie, Oriahi said: ‘Taxi Driver (OkoAshewo) is a personal journal of my admiration for Lagos Island and its popular streets, from Igbosere road to Broad street, CMS, Obalende and vibrancy of its people. I relied on own my experiences as a foreigner to Lagos to influence my approach in telling this story of a man’s journey in search of purpose. As fate would have it, the taxi became a metaphoric embodiment of Lagos and its passengers at night which Adigun, the main character of the movie, had to experience to discover his purpose. My hope is for audiences to feel the spirit of Eko through Adigun’s vintage 1979 Peugeot 504 taxi which has a prominent Eyo emblem on its bonnet and is nicknamed Tom Kruiz”.