“Kasala” starts modestly but builds into a fantastic character study of Nigerian millennial youth


There’s been so much talk about the upcoming indie film Kasala, which grandly premiered in Paris at the Nollywood Film Festival in April. Director Ema Edosio has described her film as “not your typical Nollywood story” and believing strongly that we have evolved past slapstick comedies and mushy love stories.

First and foremost, Kasala is a comedy, and the trailer articulates a square of our national patchwork – slum living. I was doubtful, and even cynical, about Kasala as a film and the director’s motives. But beneath the film’s gritty surface is friendships between boys, which overall serves as another introduction into the uneven edges of living in the slum.

While watching the trailer, I was interested in how each scene narratively melds into another. First, one of the boys Tunji takes his uncle’s car for a ride with his friends. This, of course, blooms into partying and all kinds of debauchery. When Abraham crashes the car on their way back, they find themselves entwined in a problem they never saw coming. They only have five hours to raise the required funds to fix the car before Tunji’s uncle gets back from work.

The car becomes a character on its own, and the terminal scenes in the trailer becomes riotous and propulsive. Kasala parades a cast of Chimezie Imo, Jide Kosoko, Sambasa Nzeribe, and Judith Audu Fought. Check out the trailer below.

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