Omo Ghetto: The Saga has finally made its debut on Netflix after getting its theatrical release back in 2020. The movie is more than two hours long and broke records in the Nollywood entertainment industry in Nigeria and we can totally understand why!
Directed by Funke Akindele and JJC Skillz, this movie serves as a sequel to the 2010 Omo Ghetto. The movie depicts elements of sisterhood, love and takes us on a laughter ride right from the first scene of the police officer chasing a kid throw the streets. Currently streaming on Netflix, Omo Ghetto: The Saga sticks to the high hopes left by its predecessor.
– Omo Ghetto: The Saga review has no spoilers –
What is Omo Ghetto: The Saga about?
The movie stars Funke Akindele-Bello in a dual role as Lefty and Ayomide, who are twin sisters living polar opposite lifestyles. On one hand, Ayomide is peaceful and sophisticated in her ways, on the other we find Lefty being brash and thug-life in her endeavours. Although, both the sisters don’t stick up for one another time that runs through the course of this movie lets us see the character develop into something we did not expect them to.
Alongside Lefty, we have actors Eniola Badmus as Busty, Chioma Akpotha as Chummy Choko and Bimbo Thomas as Nikky playing the roles of Lefty’s friends who always seem to find their way into troublesome situations. Another central character who plays a role in evolving the movie from a comedy to a drama is Femi Stone played by Deyemi Okanlawon, who is our brutal protagonist Lefty’s love interest.
The cast also includes actors Azaman, Akah Nnani, Tina Mba, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Chigurl and several others in some fun, heartwarming performances. We almost see the renowned singer Naira Marley in a cameo.
Omo Ghetto: The Saga just like the first movie in the franchise tries to show us Lefty’s struggles of both being from the ghetto and not being from the ghetto. She is the Robinhood. But, she is also her own villain as she lets her weaknesses get the better of her. We witness the loyalty of Lefty’s gang- the Askamaya Bees but, we also see her love interest using her vulnerability and goodness.
What are the highlights of Omo Ghetto: The Saga?
More than anything, the movie is a tribute to the ruggedness of slums and the culture that evolves on the streets. The reason why Omo Ghetto: The Saga became one of the highest-grossing Nollywood movies is that it does not criminalize or throws shade on the life of people in slums.
The film is honest in its approach to depict the true hues of Nigeria be it the Igbo dialect slipping in with English or the peddling of drugs or the friendship and love the people in the film share. It gets real with crime and killing but it still tugs at the strings of your heart with emotions. We see the overlapping of drama with action laced in the typical comedy of Nollywood films.
What is the final verdict on Omo Ghetto: The Saga?
Watch it, now on before it is too late!
It is rare to see Nollywood movies get the upper hand on the streaming giant, let alone a movie that is on its way months after its release. Yet the film does not lose its aura and versatility. It embraces you like the cover of a book and even though there are times you will yawn and find the characters unrelatable, stick by because by the end you will be overwhelmed to find the credits roll.
You can watch Omo Ghetto: The Saga now on Netflix.