In a press statement released last October for Dare Olaitan’s forthcoming move Knock Out Blessing, he added this as a footnote, “Imagine Ojukokoro but 10 times bigger and better. I just hope no politician come looking for me.” It’s a curiously interesting statement given our country’s current political mood. Political parties are galvanising towards the 2019 elections, and in the race we have female presidential aspirant Obiageli Ezekwesili who wants to disrupt the string of political failures Nigeria has endured.
Nollywood is moving in tandem: Bright Wonder’s If I Am President, Kemi Adetiba’s King Of Boys, and the yet-to-be-released Izu Ojukwu movie Power of 1. Dare Olaitan, whose debut project Ojukokoro revolves around a male-centric heist, his second tryout Knock Out Blessing is more female-focused. Per the plot synopsis, the movie follows three girls on an adventure to survive which takes them down on a path that leads into the criminal sector of Nigeria’s political underworld.
There is, seemingly, an advancement from Ojukokoro to Knock Out Blessing, Olaitan’s willingness to imbue his sophomore movie with meaty, heavier themes. It may not be as gritty as Adetiba’s fearlessly rousing smash King of Boys. Political underworlds are often very autocratic and self-serving, and the mechanisms in which they operate are ugly. Knock Out Blessing is produced by Olufemi D Ogunsanwo and stars Ade Laoye, who is seen looking feisty in the trailer, training and punching a man. Linda Ejiofor, Demola Adedoyin, Bucci Franklin, Tope Tedela, Gbenga Titiloye, Tony Akposheri, Udoka Oyeka, Charles Etubeibi, Sammie Eddie, Paul Utomi, Iyke Michael, Mary Kowo, Sandra Eze, KC Ejelonu, Meg Otanwa, and KC Ejelonu all enlisted in the cast. Knock Out Blessing hits cinemas December 28, and you can check out the trailer below.
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies, anime and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.