Araromire- the goddess blesses with prosperity for seven years, and then with misery thereafter.
The figurine was scripted by Kemi Adesoye; produced and directed by Kunle Afolayan.
The movie-- The figurine started with a myth about a goddess- Araromire. And a village named after her. Araromire the goddess, in the figurine, blesses her devotees with prosperity and good health for seven years and then after, she takes back her blessings and leave open the void which her withdrawn blessings have created for misery to occupy.
According to the myth, a revolt which led to the burning of Araromire’s shrine was carried out by the villagers after she struck dead her own claviger- the chief priest.
Sola, Femi and Mona, were done with their first degree. And for the purpose of serving their country, through NYSC, they were posted to Araromire.
It would then happen in the movie that after one of their tedious exercises, Sola and Femi were walking back to where they camped when suddenly, it started raining.
Sola and Femi rushed to shelter themselves inside an old hut, and there, the figurine- Araromire was bared. Sola, unable to resist her charm, thought it fit to possess her. And right there, that thought was made deed by him stealing the figurine.
Towards the end of their NYSC programme, Mona met Femi, her first love and breaks to him the news of her marriage to Sola. More broken was Femi when Mona revealed to him that she was pregnant. But he controlled his emotion by holding his peace.
It’s been seven years, and everything was working wonderfully well for the couple. Sola is rich and Mona was expecting her second child for him.
Femi is not just only working now, he’s no longer asthmatic and his sick father is now well. It's been seven years right?
And now it became obvious that legends are to be believed sometimes; for things turned out worse for Sola. Sola delved into inquiry as to what could have been the cause of this sudden change in tide. Inquest, at last, led his trace to the figurine.
Particularly, Sola (Kunle Afolayan) was an enthralling character. Graduating with a 3rd class degree in Archeology and refusing the experience of youth service just because he despises wearing ‘khaki’ was interesting to me.
In addition, Sola’s rudeness, fearlessness, and carelessness made him more fascinating. And where he nailed it was when he said to Femi that: "this is not Jesus, it is Araromire." Sola is indeed a character to watch in the Figurine.
Also, Mona (Omoni Oboli) was brilliant as well in the movie as she played her role and portrayed her character magnificently.
Femi (Ramsey Noah) did well, although, the character he was given did not suit him. But as you know, Ramsey is a professional; he is capable of making things look interesting even though they seem to be the opposite.
Another thing I cannot forget is the figurine's soundtrack. Eilam Hoffam did a job that was way beyond the ordinary; what a craft? The composition was great! Every soundtrack was suitable for every scene in particular. Thumb up to Eilam Hoffman!
" A good product will always sell itself." Those were the words of the Scorsese of Lagos- Kunle Afolayan.
The figurine was accepted beyond the borders of Nigeria. It was premiered in the Cairo International Movie Festival, New York Africa Film Festivals in USA 2011; among others.
It was also reported that approximately 3,000 people turned up at the London premiere of the movie. The organizers even had to get a second screen in other not to turn away people. A third one wasn't possible.
In view of these, it can be boldly said that the movie- the figurine was a success outside the shores of Nigeria. And its success puts affirmation to the words of Kunle Afolayan himself, when he said: “ For me, a good story will cut across. It will not just appeal to only Nigerians.”
Based on revenues from special screening, DVD sales, online streaming and theatrical screening, the sum total is N30,000,000 ( Thirty million naira ).
Here, it should be noted that revenues from outside Nigeria are excluded.
|1||Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Movie 2010|
|2||Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Visuals 2010|
|3||Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Cinematography 2010|
|4||Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Film 2010|
As a matter of fact, when it was said that who the cap fits, let him wear it; Kunle Afolayan comes to mind in matters concerning Nollywood.
The Nigerian movie industry is way behind where it ought to have been in terms of qualitative production. It seems more like profit is prized over art; for there are many incredible, inspiring and poetic myths waiting to be utilized as story lines, but the majority of Nollywood producers and directors are blank minded in matters concerning creativity.
And, where that blankness presents itself, Kunle Afolayan comes in to paint.
Thus, let us in appreciation render admiration and respect to our own Steven Spielberg; for in truth, he deserves to be the bearer of the crown.
I rate 'The Figurine' 8/10. The movie is indeed, a captivating work of creativity and artisry.