By Ayo Onikoyi
The highly anticipated suspense filled and emotion laden drama, Joba, has been released in cinemas nationwide from Friday, April 5.
Written, directed and produced by Biodun Stephen, the faith-based movie features Blossom Chukwujekwu, Enado Odigie, Ronke Ojo, Chris Ihuewa, and Christine Osifuye.
Movie fans shouldn’t expect less from Biodun Stephen, the brain behind some Nollywood blockbuster movies like Picture Perfect and The Visit that pulled huge cinema crowd; then Ovy’s Voice and Ehi’s Bitters rated as the best, by audience choice, on iRoko TV in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Although using faith-based template, Joba has a strong and relevant emotional core that exist at given period in everybody’s life, It connects the viewers to events in their personal lives that question their beliefs, self-esteem and tenacity. Biodun Stephen achieves this using vivid relatable life experience to pass a message centered on love, strength and omniscience of God.
The cast assemble was perfect. It showed in the chemistry between Ore ofe played by Enado Odigie and Lamide by Blossom Chukwujekwu.
Though a faith-based movie, one would praise the producer’s ingenuity in not making it look like a regular church story with a predictable end. Biodun Stephen brings her creativity in not even making a church scene from the movie, rather twisting the storyline around the trails and tempest of the Christian couple. And as a director, she worked around the cast to squeeze out a perfect rendition of the script.
Speaking about his experience in relation to role played, Blossom Chukwujekwu said: “Acting first of all is based on whether it’s your experience or other people’s experience. So acting is drawn from experiences. Mind you, there are not so many men like Lami (lead male character in Joba). I dare not even say I am like Lami. So, basically it’s for us men to mirror Lami and note that there is a lot that we need to take responsibility for. You would find out that it took the responsibility of Lami – spiritually, mentally, emotionally, ethically – to be strong for his wife. I dare say that as men, we really need to do better. Joba takes me through emotional journey I never thought existed,” he said.