By Benjamin Njoku
Excitement is in the air as actress, Linda Osifo who started the year by pushing the creative envelope in the movie, ‘Tanwa Savage’ has continued to blaze the creative trail, this time in “Prevail”, a gripping story of breakthrough and triumph over life’s woes, which premiered yesterday, at Filmhouse Cinema IMAX, Lekki, Lagos.
Written by Saviour Kings Bob and produced by Darlington Abuda, “Prevail” is an intricate story of a good dead turned complicated when Dr. Lanre, a devoted Christian and the best surgeon in a private hospital in a city where crime is the order of the day, offers a bruised woman, Tracy Williams, who claims to be running from her temperamental husband a ride; unaware that she’s on a dangerous mission.
”Prevail” is a reverberating story of redemption and hopes of a better tomorrow as the story opens with a brutalized, hopeless, broken image of Linda who plays the leading lady ‘Tracy Williams’. In portraying a deeply troubled character such as Tracy, known in the gang as Queen T who grew up in the ghetto with lack of parental love; whose parents died months before her sixth year birthday, got raped at eleven repeatedly by a guardian, dropped out of secondary school and ran into the street to escape her predator; only to end up as an object of interest to the leader of a notorious gang of thieves who exerts his dominance over her; Linda throws herself into a role so challenging and stuns her audience with a side to herself so fierce, there is no difference between her as a person and Tracy, the character.
The “Prevail” plot centres around an infamous encounter between two people which will forever make or mar them in this enigmatic film which has messages of redemption, freedom, and the ability to break through any obstacles life may throw at you.
According to the thespian, ‘I decided to play this particular role for two reasons: first of all, I’ve been wanting something more challenging and different from the usual roles I get and secondly, the storyline behind the character attracted me to this role.’
Directed by Umanu Ojochenemi Elijah, the Edo state-born talent is magnetic on the screen and her interpretation of ‘Tracy’ is flawless. For a character who comes from a complex place, whose professional swindling, thievery, and lying cause her to do any and everything, her carriage throughout this spectacle though, reflects a woman in control, Umanu does an impeccable job in subtly revealing her vulnerabilities through her nuances.