Must READ: NewsWireNGR Reviews Much Talked About Movie ‘October 1′ By Kunle Afolayan


Running Time: 143 minutes


Sadiq Daba as Inspector Danladi Waziri

Kehinde Bankole as Miss Tawa

Demola Adedoyin as Aderopo

Kayode Aderupoko as Sergeant Afonja

Kanayo O. Kanayo as Okafor

Bimbo Manuel as Canon Kuforiji

Ibrahim Chatta as Sumonu

Femi Adebayo as Banji

Kunle Afolayan as Agbekoya

Deola Sagoe as Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti

Fabian Adeoye Lojede as Corporal Omolodun

David Bailie as Ackerman

Nick Rhys as Winterbottom

Colin David Reese as Father Dowling

Lawrence Stubbings as Tomkins

Ifayemi Elebuibon as Baba Ifa

Abiodun Aleja as Olaitan

The movie, October 1 is brilliant, thought-provoking and timeless. October 1 preaches the truth and it does so from an artistic point of view. Kudos must be given to Tunde Babalola for writing such an amazing script and also to the producer/director of this movie for breathing life into the story.

Mr. Afolayan is fast garnering the reputation of a filmmaker who goes a notch higher for every new movie he puts out. For October 1, he went several notches higher and has once again set a benchmark for aspiring filmmakers across the continent. He has proven that his previous successes with movies such as Irapada, the Figurine [Araromire] and Phone Swap was no mere fluke.

The movie’s synopsis revolves around a Northern Police detective, Danladi Wazari (which was played by the very articulate screen-god, Sadiq Daba) and his arrival at the South-Western village of Akote so as to help unravel the mystery behind the killings of female virgins in that community during a period close to Nigeria’s independence from their colonial masters, Britain.

As for most movies, this synopsis does not do justice to the movie which is purely the story of Nigeria and the lack of unity and tolerance among the various ethnic groups. The movie is indeed about the most populous black nation on earth which is still dependent even in independence. The movie is about the corruption which has eaten so deep into a nation since its independence. The movie dissects Nigeria’s past and then casts his focus towards the nation’s present state and even the future.

The cinematography of the movie is world-class and kudos must be given to Yinka Edwards who was the D.O.P on set. When you see the movie, you don’t need to be told that the best cameras and editing tools were used for the production of this timeless movie. It was always going to be difficult to pull through a movie which was set in 1960 successfully and attention to details was needed. The crew behind the movie did that perfectly as we did not see mobile phones, recent billboards or any fatal errors of such. This must have been due to the meticulousness of the production designer, Pat Nebo who has previously worked with Mr. Afolayan. Yes, Kunle Afolayan knows how to keep a winning team.

October 1 is such a good movie that it has the power to plunge every well meaning Nigerian into a reflective mood and possibly positive action. 54 years after Independence and we are still faced with the same problems which stared us in the face back in 1960? One of the characters in the movie, the King’s son, Aderopo (which was played by Ademola Adedoyin) rightly predicted the Nigerian civil war when he stated in the pub that few years after 1960, Nigerians will realize that we maybe became independent a few years earlier than we should have. The nomad, Usman Dangari who was killed by Okafor (Kanayo.O.Kanayo) just because he was a Northerner and was assumed to commit a crime he never did is very symbolic. That scene represents the thousands of Nigerians who till today are denied a job or whatever right or privileges they duly deserve simply because they are from a particular ethnic group or not.

With October 1, Mr. Afolayan has explored themes most Nigerian filmmakers will tactfully avoid because they are scared of controversies and what the perception and reaction of the audience (their market) will be. This movie touches on forceful pederasty and rape in a way that will spur other filmmakers to ignite further discussion in that direction especially as it sometimes involves guardians and religious leaders who are supposed to be custodians of our moral standards. The story-line of this movie is no doubt, more than impressive.

Whoever was in charge of the grooming and makeup of the cast is a genius and deserves plenty of commendation. It was after watching the movie that I realized while surfing the internet that the role of Corporal Omolodun was played by Fabian Adeoye Lojede of Jacob’s Cross; that shows how much detailed-attention was given to the movie.

Without a doubt, Kunle Afolayan is a genius and a great businessman. His choice of characters for the movie attests to this fact. The singular choice of Sadiq Daba for the role of Inspector Waziri can triple the number of movie lovers heading to the cinemas to see this movie. The silver-tongued Sadiq Daba undoubtedly played his role perfectly with a calm demeanor and finesse needed for such a tasking role. Also, the fact that Sadiq Daba is popular and attractive to the older generation for his role as Bitrus in Cock Crow At Dawn back in the 70s and 80s and his time with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) has positive commercial implications. At the cinema where I saw the movie, the audience started to clap as soon as they saw Kanayo.O.Kanayo in his first scene; that’s instant appreciation of the choice. Also, the choice of Aderupoko as Sergeant Afonja also proved to be a mild comic relief in the thought-provoking movie; his funny translations and pronunciations left the crowd reeling with laughter.

October 1 is a movie which will definitely stand the test of time and should spark up a national discussion on the way forward. It is a movie which may prove more relevant than the recent National conference, CONFAB or whatever it was dubbed. It is that kind of movie which will decide the future of the already thriving Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood. It is that movie which will give you a review of the past and an insight of what the future may hold. It is that kind of movie which movie critics will find hard to criticize. October 1 is that sort of movie which should be screened at the Presidential Villa, Abuja with the hope that it will coerce some of our leaders into positive actions.

WARNING: Every Nigerian who does not watch this movie does so at his/her own peril.


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Don’t Politicise Release Of Chibok Girls, Kukah Tells FG

The Bishop of Catholic Church of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has advised the Federal Government not to politicise the release of the abducted Chibok girls after six months of their incarceration.

In an interview he granted newsmen at the opening of the Port Harcourt Book Festival, the cleric warned of the consequences of jungle justice in a democratic setting.

“This should not be a matter of politics, as somebody had said. We are prayerfully hoping that things would change. “This is not something that is within the power of one person. The issues are much more complicated than that.

“And I think we must trust the sense of judgment of the government, trust the sense of judgment of the security agencies and trust the goodwill of ordinary Nigerians and share in the agony of the parents of these children and just prayerfully hope that they come back to us alive.”

He also advised politicians to be mindful of the repercussion of trading with the fortune of Nigerians, advising them to live one day at a time and remember that they do not own their lives.

“Those of us who are not politicians should wake up to the reality that politicians have a language of their own; they have a culture of their own and have a universe of their own that they live in.

“Those of us who are so stupid as to surrender our lives for nothing would appreciate the fact that with the politicians of Nigeria, they are in PDP today, they are in APC tomorrow, the next day they are in CPC and the next day are in another party.

“You have to understand the fact that the politicians live in a different universe. If you are going to make a choice, make a choice wisely, but that choice must not include wasting your own life, because, only the living can play politics. So, the choice is chiefly ours,” he said.

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New Gospel Music:- Praise Medley By Adeoti Funke [Damsel]

Adeoti Funke [Damsel] is a talented young lady and she set to storm the world with her style of music.

She hails from Kwara state, agbamu to be precise.

Adeoti Funke set to launch her maiden video album titled ‘ORO MI TOPE’on the 9th;Nov,2014 at Queens hall along unity road, ilorin, kwara state.

Enjoy one of her track titled PRAISE MEDLEY (audio)


Venue:- Queens hall along unity road, ilorin, kwara state.
Date:- 9th;Nov,2014
Time:- 2:30pm prompt

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NMA Seeks Closer Relations With Nurses, Midwives

Dr Kayode Obembe, President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has urged Nurses and Midwives to work harmoniously with doctors to ensure efficient healthcare service delivery in the country.

Obembe made the call at a workshop organised by the association for health workers at the National Hospital, Abuja, on Friday in Abuja.

The workshop, tagged “Helping Babies Breathe’’, according to him, was part of the association’s activity to mark its annual Physicians week.

While describing nurses as the first point of call to patients, Obembe noted that without this oneness there would be hitches in ensuring safe delivery of babies, among others.

“I urge you nurses to work harmoniously with doctors because you are the ones always available to patients 24 hours, while the doctors might be on emergency call elsewhere.
“It is based on your assessment of patients at the point of arrival that the doctor would work with,’’ Obembe said.

Delivering a paper at the workshop, Dr Adekunle Otuneye, explained that the objective of the workshop included preparing routine care to a newborn and ensuring babies cry within the first 120 seconds after birth.

Otuneye described the 120 seconds after birth as golden minutes, adding that failure to achieve this would amount to neo-natal death.

He blamed the causes of neo-natal death on poor healthcare management among nurses that were the first contact of babies, among others.

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Concert Ten Over Ten- Sabina and PRealm Live in Concert

Marking ten years together as a “God-Team-On-The-Go“, this is a gathering to celebrate God, Nigeria, and us. Its take over time! We are first and foremost Nigerians irrespective of whatever we chose to represent individually.

Sabina and Perfect Realm is not your “regular ” band, we are world changers and are proud to state that in ten years of hard team work, we have convened over 33 youth oriented reach outs that also bother on nation building.

We believe in the campaign NAIJAHOPEDEY championed by our chief servant Sabina Umoren aka NaijaPastor.  Concert Ten Over Ten is a build up to Project Re-Emergence.

Date:- Sunday October 26 2014

Venue:- First Place, yaya abatan road, nationwide filling station bus stop, Ogba Lagos.

Time:- 3pm.


We expect stakeholders from the gospel, secular, media and entertainment industries to be in attendance.

Sabina Umoren

Sabina Umoren

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2015: Kogi PDP Dep. Chairman, Secretary Quit

Ahead of the 2015 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi on Monday announced the resignation of its Deputy Chairman, Idris Momoh-Jimoh and Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Egwu, to enable them to contest elective positions.

The state Chairman, Hassan Salau, announced their resignation while addressing newsmen in Lokoja.

Salau said the decision of the party chieftains was in line with the directive to all party members in appointive positions wishing to contest elective positions to resign on or before Oct. 20.

The party chairman said that their resignations were accepted.

He, however, stressed that both could not speak on their aspirations yet because the party was still mourning the death of one of its top women poilticians.

Salau announced that the National Secretariat of the party had clarified the tenure of the current executive members at the state level.

He said it would lapse in December, against insinuations that they ought to have vacated office.

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