Lagos State Government has expressed displeasure and anger with the promoters of the “Gangs of Lagos” film/series over what it described as “total abomination” adding that the movie portrayed the culture of the State in negative limelight.
Reacting, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf said the Ministry, being the regulatory body and custodian of the culture of Lagos, said the film/series is “very unprofessional and misleading while its content is derogatory of our culture”.
“It is an unjust profiling of a people and culture as being barbaric and nefarious. It depicts a gang of murderers rampaging across the State,” she added.
Akinbile-Yussuf in her submission, stressed that “the Eyo Masquerade” as portrayed in the movie is “equally used as a symbol of honour for remarkable historical events”.
“It signifies a sweeping renewal, a purification ritual to usher in a new beginning, a beckoning of new light, acknowledging the blessings of the ancestors of Lagosians,” she opined.
Meanwhile, speaking earlier on the movie described as an “abomination”, the Director and Producer of Gangs of Lagos, Jade Osiberu explained that her experience at Isale Eko while shooting another movie called “Giddy Up” initiated her thoughts around ‘Gangs of Lagos’.
Gangs of Lagos is a high-stakes, gritty, and hard-hitting action crime-thriller, with an authentic storyline, centred on a group of childhood friends who each have to navigate destiny, growing up on the bustling streets and neighbourhood of Isale Eko, Lagos.
The feature film features Tobi Bakare, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Chike Osebuka, Chioma Chukwuka, Iyabo Ojo, Olarotimi Fakunle, Alabi Pasuma, Funke Williams, Mr Marcaroni, Zlatan amongst many others.
Jade, while speaking to journalists at a Press briefing recently in Lagos, said they became characters in the story as she saw a mother cooking dinner and feeding her children.
She thought about what it would feel like to live in Isale Eko, stuck there yet desiring more for herself and her children.
“I wanted to humanise people who live lives we don’t understand. It’s a revelatory film. It shows political thuggery. It’s a story about empathy, dreams, and love. I also hope people are entertained,” Osiberu said.