Cameras roll on Odubawo film Àjaga

By Content Nigeria reporter
December 1, 2023

Adenike Odubawo and Femi Jacobs

Nollywood film producer Adenike Odubawo has announced the start of production on her new movie titled Àjaga.

Àjaga – meaning ‘yoke’ in Yoruba – is being produced by Odubawo herself and directed by Remi Ibinola. The film stars Femi Jacobs, Tope Olowoniyan, Carol King, Jaiye Kuti, Tomiwa Sage and Lola Smart.

It is about women, faith and abuse and, according to Jacobs, the movie will be better appreciated by women.

He said: “Churching is very familiar to Nigerians. But I think women generally, and especially younger women in the general society and the church specifically, would love to see this film, especially since we have had a number of opportunities to take a closer look at what’s happening to our women in those religious corridors. Women make up about 70% of church people, although it’s the men who populate the leadership.

“The best time to have told this story was two decades ago. I decided to tell it now because no one has ever told this very version. I am telling it now because I can afford to tell it now. This is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

“If you know me you’d know I’m perpetually bursting with energy, always testing new waters. Filmmaking is something I have always wanted to do and getting that done on the year my mum passed on to glory makes it very remarkable.

“2023 is the year I felt two strong emotions and exact same proportion. Extreme sadness when I lost my mum and unexplainable joy getting to film a story like Àjaga.”