Sugar Rush director Kayode Kasum has uploaded his well-received sophomore, Oga Bolaji, on his Youtube page. The film, which follows the titular Oga Bolaji, a 40-year-old unemployed still living with his mother, tells a tale about the “resilience and ingenuity of the Nigerian spirit; the way we live, our pain and our limitations, and our desire to still strive, hope and dream.”
The film was released to mostly positive reviews. Writing for Africa is a Country, film scholar Noah Tsika described Oga Bolaji as a “breath of fresh air—both a throwback to such Nigerian classics as Amaka Igwe’s Rattlesnake and Tade Ogidan’s Owo Blow and emblematic of the new Nollywood style of immaculate widescreen cinematography.”
Precious Nwogu, writing for Mamazeus, praised it for its subject: “Watching this movie might be the best or only way to understand the harsh realities of life for the zero-income earners living in this big city of dreams.”
The film was produced by Mayowa Bakare and stars Omowunmi Dada, Idowu Philips, Gregory Ojefua, and child actor, Jasmine Fakunle.
This year, Kasum will follow his mainstream debut, Sugar Rush, with the FilmOne produced Kambili, a romantic comedy starring Nancy Isime, Swanky JKA, and Mawuli Gavor, and Fate of Alakada, the star-studded latest episode of Alakada series.
Watch Oga Bolaji below.