Movie Review: “Ayeloja” Left Me Speechless

IMG_20160817_073320If you are a fan of Yoruba movies, You may have come across the name Sharafadeen Olabode of Storyboard Entertainment. He’s a script writer and filmmaker with so many blockbusters to his credits, he has worked with the likes of Funke Akindele, Femi Adebayo, Mercy Aigbe, Toyin Ahmakhu and more.

I am not really a fan of Yoruba movies but there are some producers I can not but watch their projects because they never fail to deliver.
Mr Sharafadeen Olabode is one of them, I have been following this young man right from his second film project “Ayekooto”. The yoruba movie that won the highest numbers of awards at the 2012 Best of Nollywood Awards…Best Actor in a role (Yoruba), Best supporting Actor (Yoruba), Best Cinematography, and even went ahead to win Best Directing and Movie of the year beating the likes of; In the cupboard, Phone swap, Adesua, Married but living single and Last flight to Abuja. For a Yoruba movie to have achieved such feat, then you should know Mr Olabode is no joke.
Ayeloja is his latest efforts…Which means “The world is a market place”. The movie which talks about reincarnation also reminds us that this world is vanity.

Starring; Dele Odule, Kemi Afolabi, Ibrahim Chatta, Peju Ogunmola among others. Written and produced by Sharafadeen Olabode and Directed by Seun Olaiya (Best Director, City People Awards 2016).
Ayeloja tells the story of Basit, played by Ibrahim Chatta, (The man that played Sunmonu in Kunle Afolayan’s October 1) who died in an accident due to the carelessness in handling of prayers to avert death over his younger brother Khalid. Since it’s not yet time for him to die. This took him to a new circle of existence In another human body with another Name Jimoh. He coincidentally meet with his father who took him back home. Though everyone seem surprised because he looks exactly like the deceased, the only different thing is that he speaks in a new accent and the mode at which he walks.

Ibraham chatta is a genius, he deserves an Academy award for this role. Playing two different characters brilliantly.
Brilliant Script with excellent acting, Ayeloja takes a closer look at the reincarnation thing and it came out well, We all know the bible and quran do not support the reincarnation belief but it has been proven to happen from time to time; However, the wonders of God is mysterious.
The accident scene was beautifully executed. Thumb up to Hakeem Effects.

Ayoloja is a nice piece except for few flaws;
In one scene, we were made to understand that the reincarnates are humans, no difference between them and the real human beings as they do not know what one thinks about them and in another scene, The twin reincarnates were able to tell what someone thinks about them.
Also, there were few spelling errors in the subtitles and the scene where Mr Jimoh and his wife danced in the club took too long. Nevertheless, Kemi Afolabi is a good dancer. Also in the scene, Mr Jimoh almost forget his mode of walking as he dances.
I don’t know if the producer is trying to tell us that Jimoh’s wife never get to see him eating as one of the characteristics of the reincarnates Is that people do not see them eating. Even as his housewife?
Then, there’re so many unnecessary dialogues, especially Basit’s transformation scene. We aren’t watching a comedy film, less dialogue would have made it better.

Lastly, the writer could have allowed Jimoh to vanish Instead of dying and been buried again. The filmmaker commented that the movie is a true life story, well no one can question the mystery of God.

But despite these flaws, Ayeloja was good enough to be considered as Best yoruba movie of the year at the 2016 City People Entertainment Awards.
Like some people have been quoting that the holy books are against reincarnation and the movie can’t be real. But not too serious, we watch movies so we can be entertained and I was entertained.

Adeyinka Jamiu

Adeyinka is an associate at He's a teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment industry. Skilled in Acting and Scriptwriting.

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