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Gangs of Lagos: A criminal thriller that accurately depicts the realities of Lagos

The first-ever Nollywood Amazon Prime Video Original movie, Gangs of Lagos, was a huge hit.




The picture has raised the standard for producers in the business, whether it was because of the excellent stunts, cinematography, or casting selections.

The story of the film centers on a group of friends who turn to a life of crime on the well-known and dangerous streets of Isale Eko. They embarked on a roadside vengeance mission to make up for the wrongs done by the gangs after losing loved ones.

Gangs of Lagos has some shortcomings, from dialogue to the plot, despite having many distinctive features, such as an accurate portrayal of Lagos street life. Let's get started with the recap.

A small child named Obalola (Tobi Bakare) is shown in the opening moments threatening to kill a woman if she doesn't give over her money. She turned him down at first, believing he was kidding, but when she saw the knife, she agreed. He was called to the "leader of the streets" as a result of this occurrence since the woman is a "omo aiye."




A gang boss named Nino is attracted to him because of his bravery and intelligence; he ends up being his second father figure. Sadly, Nino passes away, leaving Obalola to turn to a life of crime alongside his closest pals, Ify (Chike Osebuka) and Gift (Adesua Etomi-Wellington). They begin working for Kazeem, an avaricious and brutal gang leader (Olarotimi Fakunle).


A gang boss named Nino is attracted to him because of his bravery and intelligence; he ends up being his second father figure. Sadly, Nino passes away, leaving Obalola to turn to a life of crime alongside his closest pals, Ify (Chike Osebuka) and Gift (Adesua Etomi-Wellington). They begin working for Kazeem, an avaricious and brutal gang leader (Olarotimi Fakunle).

When Kazeem kills a gang leader and blames it on Oba's companions, tensions rise. His murder as a result of this charge infuriates Oba and the members of the street, and subsequently sparks a conflict where devastation and slaughter are the norm.


It's impossible to overlook the variety of emotion that Chioma brought to her emotional monologue or the way that Iyabo Ojo, while only having a few moments, captured the fierceness of a typical Nigerian mother.

Gangs of Lagos has excellent cinematography since each scene is visually engaging for the genre it belongs to thanks to a variety of creative ideas. Another bold yet effective aspect of the film was the settings. The fact that the film was filmed in locations that are actually part of Isale Eko is impressive.

Gangs of Lagos pays special attention to minutiae that would keep audiences interested in the film, and it somewhat correctly depicts what street life is like. For instance, there was a great deal of symbolism in the nation's current state, particularly in light of the most recent elections. There were strong hints of political corruption and thuggery in numerous scenes.



Let's finally discuss the effects and stunts. Arguably the first movie to show a professional deed execution is Gangs of Lagos. This combined with the realistic blood effects will likely make it the standard for every Nollywood director looking to learn the proper way to shoot an action movie.

Although Gangs of Lagos is full of potential, there is still much space for development. Particularly the portions involving the stunts, some of the situations felt overly drawn out. It seemed as though the producers were attempting to downplay the amount of money, time, and effort that went into the activities by claiming that by presenting them more, viewers would have more time to fully understand them.


It seems like the plot has been done before. It felt like it could have used a little more innovation, even though it would be hypocritical to ignore the effort made to give it a fresh perspective.

Certain dialogues were likewise uninteresting. Either the delivery felt awkward, or the words didn't really make a difference in the circumstances.



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