It takes a tragic event for four childhood friends to strip themselves bare by revealing their own truths and embarking on the journey to their own respective spiritual freedoms.
A prominent married couple Taiwo and Sarah played by Uche Jombo and Kali Ikeagwu respectively, have a life that is marred by domestic violence. When things are going well, their relationship is blissful, but when it is going badly is hellish. On one occasion the husband surprises his wife by spelling out I love you with petals by their swimming pool, but when they fight it is vicious and violent. Quick tempered Taiwo appeases his wife by buying her gifts after they fight. Their home life affects their children in the worst way. Their son is violent at school and their daughter is withdrawn to the point of muteness, her own way of protesting, but the couple refuses to see that the violent nature of their relationship is responsible until it is too late.
October is Domestic violence month in the United States and it is during this month that Nollywood actress and now producer, Uche Jombo, has chosen to take her message against domestic violence to another level, with the tour of her movie Damage across the United States of America. Uche Jombo produced the movie the movie and is acting alongside some of Nollywood’s best, like Tonto Dikeh, Basorge Tariah Jr and Kalu Ikeagwu.
Vincent (Kalu Ikeagwu) and Vanessa (Queen Nwokoye) are happily married with a young daughter. They would like more children but the doctors have told her that it is risky. Angelina (Mercy Johnson) too is married and happy except for the lack of a child. She is distressed over her childlessness after two years of marriage. Her husband Frank (Browny Igboegwu) is supportive and reassuring and soon tests reveal that it is him that is sterile. One fateful a car accident occurs involving both couples where both Frank and Vanessa are killed. Angelina comes around 3 months later but has no recollection of the life she left behind. Soon enough she moves into Vincent’s neighbourhood and they begin to get to know each other.
Just the other day I tweeted “Where did Blessing Effiom go?” I liked her in Before and After the Vow and thought it was weird the way she just disappeared from the Nollywood scene, and then lo and behold I come across this trailer on YouTube showing behind the scenes footage of an upcoming Nollywood movie written and produced by Blessing Effiom. This movie is directed by the legendary Teco Benson. Starring in the movie is Kalu Ikeagwu, OC Ujeke of White Waters fame (yaay), Chelsea Eze from Silent Scandal, Stella Damasus Aboderin (We have missed you oo), some others I haven’t seen before Keira Hewatch, Okey Uzoechi (Fine boy no pimples) and Kehinde Bankole. The film is scheduled to be released both in The United States and Nigeria in the third quarter of this year.
Chief Desmond’s wife Natasha is so preoccupied with work that she barely has enough time for her family. One day she leaves without telling him to go and represent in a big case in Abuja. Fed up, in her long absence he remarries a much younger local girl called Matilda. Matilda’s presence in the family home brings about much discord. His children are incensed that their father has married a girl that is younger than them all and treat her with much disdain.
We see the relationships between three friends as well as their additional romantic relationships. Tega is in a marriage where being beaten and raped by her husband is a regular occurrence. He actually seems to derive pleasure from his horrific acts of violence and verbal abuse. Gertrude is about to wed a man that appears to be the perfect match on paper but that she is not actually in love with. Chidera is desperate to get married but chronically single, and has been so for 3 years. She seems only to be able to attract married men, which her friend Gertrude thinks is inevitable considering her skimpy dress…
Tekena played by Jim Iyke wants to marry Kayla, played by Genevieve Nnaji but finds it difficult to come to terms with her incessant drinking and smoking. He does not feel that she is domesticated enough for him, but is madly in love with her nevertheless. Kayla is being nagged by Tekena until she reaches breaking point. She leaves him for a little “space” not informing anyone as to her whereabouts. She is also refusing to answer calls.
Mercy Johnson plays a woman called Mosun and Rita Dominic plays a woman called Preye. They are best friends from childhood into adulthood. The root of Preye’s wild and promiscuous behaviour is the sexual abuse she endured as a child in the hands of her uncle. It is as though by taking control of her sexuality and becoming a seductress in such a dominant way she is trying to wash away that feeling of being powerless as a child. By contrast Mosun is the complete opposite to Preye, disgusted by the idea of casual sex and dowdily dressed to downplay her sexuality. She too has been a victim of child sexual abuse at the hands of her step-father.