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Ighodaro, Effiong, Osu lead cast in to freedom

By Ijeoma Thomas-Odia
21 January 2023   |   3:09 am
Nollywood’s Osas Ighodaro, Etim Effiong, Jide Kosoko, Elvina Ibru, Beverly Osu and Eso Dike are the major cast in a new movie focusing on domestic abuse and obsession. Titled ‘To Freedom’, the movie, which is now in cinemas, was produced by Kevwe Ogunje. Speaking at a private screening in Lagos, Ogunje said it took two…

Beverly Osu

Nollywood’s Osas Ighodaro, Etim Effiong, Jide Kosoko, Elvina Ibru, Beverly Osu and Eso Dike are the major cast in a new movie focusing on domestic abuse and obsession.

Titled ‘To Freedom’, the movie, which is now in cinemas, was produced by Kevwe Ogunje. Speaking at a private screening in Lagos, Ogunje said it took two years to produce the movie since its conception in 2020. He noted that the storyline focused on domestic abuse to re-emphasise it as a societal challenge that ought to be curbed.

“Everyone goes through domestic abuse in one way or the other. It could be physical or emotional and they are often traumatic and we need to start talking about ways to confront and escape from it. This is an educative and entertaining film, attached with other values of life.

“The central theme of the movie is that there is a way out, which means that we can always walk out of every mess of life into freedom. Just like the current hardship in the country and the upcoming elections, the way out is for Nigerians to get their PVCs to vote the right candidates as their leaders,” he explained.

Ogunje lauded the scriptwriter and co-producer, TigerFireRose, the film director, crew and cast for giving their best to accomplish a worthwhile project.

The film Director, Biodun Stephen, said the storyline was inspired by true-life events; hence the project was treated with all sense of dedication because it was someone’s true-life story.

Stephen said the mutual collaboration between the producer, co-producer and the crew enabled her to focus basically on the directing part of the movie, which made her work easy and interesting.

“It was a journey, as we had a whole lot of conversations with the cast to bring out their best; took some artistic decisions and I am glad that everything that we decided paid off,” she added.

The director advised couples to shun domestic abuse or any form of abuse in their marriages as their lives were more important. Beverly Osu, who played the character of a therapist in the movie, said the story line was intriguing and every character on the set was highly distinct.

“I am very excited that we brought this movie to life. It was very exciting; the story line was beautiful and I can’t imagine a better story,’’ she said.

Osu said she was comfortable acting the role of a therapist as she had been doing that unprofessionally in her private circle by counselling friends on regular basis.

She charged Nigerians to be wary of their mental health and attend to it when they are depressed or overwhelmed with life challenges and expectations.