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Movie Review: Adedimeji Lateef deserves multiple awards for his role in Ayinla

Ayinla is the last movie project of veteran filmmaker, Tunde Kelani which hit the cinemas few days ago. Produced by Jadesola Osiberu.

As usual, Kemi Filani was amongst the first set of movie lovers to catch a glimpse of Ayinla in order to bring back reports to you guys.

Although, quite a great indigenous movie, Ayinla wouldn’t have been this great without the excellent performance of the lead character, Adedimeji Lateef.

Adedimeji Lateef did an excellent job with the character of Ayinla Omowura. He buried his true self and became a new born Ayinla, the hot-headed, promiscuous enigma.

His role in Ayinla would definitely get him an award sooner or later.

Back to the movie itself, shot in Abeokuta (the hometown of Ayinla), the movie is suspense-driven, narrating the life of Ayinla Yusuf, popularly known as Ayinla Omowura (an Apala musician), his rise to fame, his identity, the depth of his craft and music, and the basis for his relevance after his tragic death forty years ago as a result of a stab from his manager, Bayewu, during a bar fight on the 6th of May, 1980 in Abeokuta.

Ayinla, although a Yoruba movie, perfectly subtitled in English, appeals to a multifaceted audience that cuts across fans of highlife and afrobeat music, the youth, and the elite Yoruba demography.

Also features some of Nollywood’s favorite stars including , Kunle Afolayan, Bimbo Ademoye, Mr. Macaroni, Omowunmi Dada, Ade Laoye, Jumoke Otedola, and Bimbo Manuel.

Another quite interesting part of Ayinla is the costumes and set pieces (particularly the cars) truly reflect the 1980s period in which the story is set, and the various departments deserve commendation for this.

The drinks, foods, hairstyles and environment will definitely bring back some funny memories running through your brain, well except for the Gen Z (21st century kids)

There is also some humour fused into the plot and the best thing about it is that these funny moments come in at the right moments with the right words.

If you’re a lover of Yoruba cultures, music and ways of life, you’ll surly love Ayinla.

From Kemi Filani, Ayinla is rated 8/10. Quite enjoyable.

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