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Kareem Adepoju
Ayo Badmus
Sola Sobowale
Yemi Solade
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Another Blockbuster from dream director Tade Ogidan!
13 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tade Ogidan is a diamond in the rough of Nigerian Cinema. Too bad there's only one of him. From the man who brought you Dangerous Twins, comes this harrowing tale of love, life and loss. Foluke Daramola plays a tempestuous young girl very sheltered away from the world until she meets and falls in love with a stranger who is also a foreigner (in Nigerian society, most people are skeptical of foreigners, so it's a big step if you choose to bring one home to your parents). Her rich and very affluent parents are against this relationship from the beginning and do everything in their power to stop their daughter from making drastic mistakes, but they can't stop her from loving the man she loves. Eventually, she elopes with her lover and loses contact with her family.

Her parents are able to track her down one day and are appalled and embarrassed to find her living in a slum with the man she ran away with and now they even have a son called Ayo (from the title Ayomida, which means "Where is my Ayo?" or "Where is my joy?"). They try their best to bring her back with them but she refuses to leave the man she now calls her husband. Her parents have no choice but to leave her there.

One day, while the young family is out and about. Jumoke (Daramola) spots an old college buddy and childhood friend and he starts to chat her up and the likes. It's not long before the two are lost in deep conversation, taking all of Jumoke's attention away her son who is playing nearby. Her husband had left the child with her to go purchase some snacks and the likes from a nearby canteen. Ayo, their son, whom they'd both left playing with a small rubber ball by a swimming pool, watches his ball roll away and into the pool and while trying to retrieve it, he accidentally falls in and begins to drown. Jumoke and her old pal are so loud and lost in conversation that they do not notice this and her husband is still away at the canteen. One man who did notice the child fall in was screaming at the top of his lungs and trying rush over to help but he got there too late. The child drowned before anybody could notice or save him.

It is only natural that Jumoke runs insane from the effect of losing her son and the impact of it all drives both her and her husband apart as her parents step in to console her. But that's not all. A series of horrific effects leads us into part 2 of this very thought provoking film that won many accolades in its time and got a nation buzzing with its impact and in its wake.


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