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Friday, 30 October 2015

Femi Jacobs turns nightfall Taxi Driver

All is now set for the premiere of the movie, Taxi Driver (Oko Ashewo). The movie is a hilarious comedy drama about working in Lagos at night, as a taxi driver.

Adigun played by AMVCA winner, Femi Jacobs, is a 31-year old naive village mechanic coming to Lagos for the first time. His decision comes following the sudden death of his father, a man he never truly knew… yet a man very popular in his village as the iconic Lagos taxi driver, Akanmu.
However, Adigun’s journey to Lagos is on the invitation of Taiwo, his father’s fellow taxi driver played by popular yoruba actor, Odunlade Adekola… but Taiwo is dangerous and as shady as Lagos at night..
Taxi Driver (Oko Ashewo) tells the story of how Adigun copes with the multitude of odd characters he comes across, from Delia the prostitute, to Kakanfo the unseen vigilante, the notorious assassins ‘three wise men’, to the Godfather, Baba Mistura and many more interesting characters that ply their trade in Lagos at night.
Femi, who played the lead role said, he had to spend time with an acquaintance who was a taxi driver in order to be able to interprete the role properly.
“I had to go to the former place I live and I met a former neighbour who’s a taxi driver. For weeks, we were hanging out together and I learnt a lot about being a taxi driver in Lagos. It cost me time and money, but at the end of the day it helped me to properly interprete the character”.
The movie director, Daniel Emeke Oriahi said he wanted to do a movie that Lagosians can relate with. “I just wanted to do a movie that Lagosians can connect with that isn’t an English-Speaking movie. I realised that people in the west connect more with indigenous movies.
I want people to see Lagos with a stranger’s eye and know some of the things that happen at night in a comic and entertaining way.”

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