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MOVIE REVIEW: Adire: A Tale Of Redemption

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Movie Title: Adire

Release Date: 13 January, 2023

Directors: Adeoluwa Owu

Duration: 2 hours, 3 minutes

Cast:Kehinde Bankole, Femi Branch, Kelechi Udegbe, Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi, Ibrahim Chatta, Yemi Blaq, Yvonne Jegede, Lizzy Jay, Mike Afolarin, Tomi Ojo, Damilola Ogunsi, Onyinye Odokoro, Ifeanyi Kalu, and Layi Wasabi.

Adire attempts to distance itself from the common theme of prostitution in Nollywood films by taking a religious and moral approach, but it still feels like a repetitive story.

Many Nollywood films, including classics like Glamour Girls and Netflix hits like Oloture and Shantytown, often follow a familiar template. They start by portraying a protagonist tired of life as a sex worker who decides to escape. However, her journey to freedom is hindered by a vengeful former boss or a disgruntled client she stole money from.

Adire, while trying to break away from this trope, still falls into the same pattern. Balancing between romantic comedy and satire, the film narrates the story of a talented lingerie designer who seeks freedom from her life as a sex worker. Despite its attempt to be different, Adire ends up following a cliched storyline.

Featuring renowned talents like Kehinde Bankole, Ifeanyi Kalu, Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi, Femi Branch, and Yemi Blaq, Adire is undoubtedly a good film. However, it underscores the tendency in Nollywood to avoid taking risks with screenplays, opting instead to replicate successful storylines in the hope of attracting a similar audience. Adire’s narrative, while with a creative spin, is ultimately cliched.

The Plot

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Adire, weary of her life as a prostitute, desires to break free after a troubling encounter with a client. Approaching her boss, Captain Hellbent, about leaving, she is seductively distracted by him. Determined, she occasionally steals money from him at night until she finally escapes to a small town in Oyo.

Embracing her newfound freedom, Adire passionately pursues her dream of becoming a lingerie fashion designer. During a visit to a local bar, her beauty and bold outfits attract attention, spreading news around the town and drawing frequent male visitors.

This disrupts the conservative Christian women of the town, led by Folashade, the pastor’s wife. They, with hostility, embark on a mission to make Adire’s stay unbearable in what was supposed to be her paradise.

Facing animosity from the women and a dangerous visit from her boss, Adire’s world is left hanging on the brink of destruction.

The Upside

When examining Adire’s plot, it became evident that many events in the film could be predicted. Captain’s return for revenge, Adire falling in love, the deaconess realizing her mistakes, and Abeni’s death as a lesson were all foreseeable outcomes.

While predictability isn’t inherently problematic, Adire missed an opportunity to set itself apart by introducing unexpected twists. For instance, Captain could have been portrayed as the main villain, but the writer could have chosen a drug lord in the town, increasing the stakes by holding Adire’s friends hostage to make her submit.

The deaconess’s character arc was insufficiently explored. The abrupt transition from hostility to apology lacked depth, and it would have been more impactful to witness her gradual acceptance of Adire, perhaps through hesitant gestures like attending a church celebration.

The chemistry between Adire and Thomas, intended by the producers, was lacking. Despite the actors’ efforts, the scenes failed to convey the depth of being in love with two people. More vulnerability and meaningful conversations could have strengthened their connection.

The film’s dialogue was a notable issue, often feeling cringe-worthy and repetitive. An example is the scene where Shalewa breaks into Adire’s house, and the dialogue excessively repeats the intrusion.

MOVIE REVIEW: Adire: Solid tale of redemption marred by predictable  storyline

Lastly, the film editors should reconsider inserting distracting background music in scenes, as it undermined some of Adire’s best moments.

The Downside

If the intimate scenes in Adire are omitted, the film could be suitable for viewing in religious centres. Adire addresses a longstanding issue of condemnation within the church.

The character of Folashade exposes the workings of hypocrisy among certain religious individuals. Folashade, professing love for God, contributes to the ostracism of church members like Abeni, an unmarried pregnant woman, simply because she doesn’t align with Folashade’s personal “values.”

Adire reinforces the teachings of “Love your neighbour as yourself” and the commandment of “thou shall not judge.” It vividly depicts the consequences faced by the deaconess for unquestioningly establishing criteria for holiness.

Despite occasional issues with the dialogue, the acting performances are commendable. Kehinde Bankole convincingly portrays Adire, a sex worker turned designer; Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi effectively makes us dislike her as the deaconess, showcasing a well-executed performance. Ifeanyi Kalu’s portrayal of the shy Thomas is praiseworthy.

The film excels in delivering powerful character arcs. Notably, it presents genuine development in characters, a rarity in recent Nollywood cinema. Adire transforms from a person with no prospects, isolated, to someone with a thriving career surrounded by a supportive community. The deaconess undergoes a significant evolution, transitioning from a spiteful religious leader to a more accepting figure.

Final Thoughts

I rate Adire 6 out of 10 because while it may be deemed predictable, the film shows cinematic potential and imparts a valuable moral lesson about the possibility of change in everyone.

You can watch Adire on Netflix.

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John Cena Opens OnlyFans Account Promising “SPICY Pics And Vids”

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Through a link shared on his Twitter account, John Cena promises fans a different side of himself, linked to his character in the R-rated dramedy. On his OnlyFans page, fans find content related to Cena’s character in the film, described as a versatile figure with various roles and experiences.

In “Ricky Stanicky,” Cena portrays the titular character, an X-rated impersonator hired by friends to embody their fictional friend. The film blends humour and drama, with Cena taking on daring stunts. The OnlyFans account is free to subscribe to but has an age restriction, requiring users to be 18 or older due to the platform’s adult content nature.

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The account cleverly uses OnlyFans’ associations with adult content for movie promotion, incorporating age restrictions and credit card requirements. Content on the page includes teasers from the film, such as Cena dressed as Britney Spears in a provocative scene.

This unconventional marketing approach has intrigued Cena’s global fanbase, generating excitement for the film’s release. John Cena’s venture into OnlyFans demonstrates his versatility as an entertainer and willingness to engage with fans in innovative ways. Fans, especially those in Nigeria, are eagerly anticipating more surprises from Cena’s OnlyFans page and the release of “Ricky Stanicky.”

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Beyoncé Launches New Cécred Hair Brand

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Amidst the multitude of celebrities entering the beauty industry with their lines of cosmetics and skincare products, Beyoncé’s followers have been eagerly anticipating her debut with Cécred. For years, numerous stars have dabbled in this field, leaving many to wonder when Queen Bey herself would finally make her mark in the beauty aisle with her products.

Nine long months after hinting at something extraordinary on Instagram, Beyoncé’s highly anticipated brand, Cécred, has finally arrived. Back in May 2023, she sent her devoted fans, the BeyHive, abuzz with excitement by announcing the creation of “something special” that she was eager to unveil. And now, the wait is over!

Cécred has been launched and is ready to be explored and enjoyed by all.

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Arriving on the scene with a bang, the new haircare brand unveils its Foundation Collection, a powerful eight-product lineup dedicated to transforming hair tresses.

From gentle cleansing to deep conditioning, each formula has been promised to work its magic to visibly repair and revitalize hair, leaving it looking and feeling its absolute best.

The iconic singer behind the smash hit “Halo” has always held a deep love for haircare. Her passion blossomed while she was young, diligently sweeping floors in her mother’s bustling salon.

This early exposure to hairstyling undoubtedly sparked an enduring flame, making her involvement in this exciting project a perfect fit. Tina Knowles proudly steps into the role of vice chairwoman for Cécred, armed with four decades of valuable knowledge as a hairstylist, salon owner, and savvy entrepreneur.

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In a stunning cover feature for ESSENCE magazine’s March/April edition, superstar Beyoncé echoed the sentiment of self-discovery, delving deeper into her exciting new business venture.

She highlighted the profound impact her childhood spent in her mother’s salon had on her growth as both an individual and an artist.

This formative experience is beautifully captured in stunning photographs by renowned photographer Andre D. Wagner.

The photo shoot included a particularly touching image featuring her, her mother, Ms. Tina, and her daughters, Blue and Rumi.

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Beyoncé Shares Why She Cut off Her Hair After Becoming A Mom

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Music legend Beyoncé, whose influence extends far beyond the stage with initiatives like BeyGOOD and fashion line IVY PARK, is venturing into the world of hair care. Her brand new line, Cécred (a clever combination of her name), launched on February 20th. This exciting addition to her empire comes with a rare interview in Essence Magazine, where the “Renaissance” star shares a glimpse into her personal journey with hair, particularly after motherhood.

In a recent interview, Queen Bey shed light on the powerful emotions behind her dramatic hair transformation in 2013. The iconic singer, known for her cascading tresses, surprised fans by chopping off her hair into a daring pixie cut. This wasn’t just a style change—it was a symbolic shedding of expectations and societal pressures.

According to Beyoncé,

“I remember the day I decided to just cut all my hair off, I didn’t have a particular style in mind. It wasn’t an aesthetic choice, but it was a very big emotional transformation and metamorphosis that I was going through. So much of my identity as a performer has been connected to flowing hair. Cutting my hair off was me rebelling against being this woman that society thinks I’m supposed to be.”

Newly a mother, the singer remembered feeling a powerful urge to break free from societal expectations. She felt motherhood had granted her the freedom to shed those burdens. Beyoncé recalled her friend and hairstylist, Neal Farinah, feeling surprised at her decision, especially since she had long, thick, and healthy hair.

” It was a physical representation of me shedding the expectations put upon me,” she said.

“I just got the scissors and chopped it off. It was very intentional. And it was what I needed to do.”

For Beyoncé, this bold step sparked a newfound bravery and led her to make many other daring decisions in her life and career. This decision has shaped her into the person she is today.

The celebrity revealed glimpses of her childhood spent observing her mother, Tina Knowles, weave magic with hair in her salon. This experience, she shared, instilled in her a deep appreciation for haircare, a tradition proudly carried forward within their family.

“I saw her shampooing and trimming hair, transforming women, leaving them feeling really good,” Beyoncé recalled.

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