The Lost Okoroshi
The Lost Okoroshi
The Lost Okoroshi

The Lost Okoroshi

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    • Directed by: Abba Makama
    • Released: 2024 (educational)
    • Year of Production: 2019
Running Time: 94 min
Language: Ibo & English
Subtitle Options: English Closed Captions
Subjects: Narrative Film, 

The Lost Okoroshi follows Raymond (Seun Ajayi), a security guard (and something of a layabout) whose main preoccupations are checking out women and figuring out how to escape the bustle of Lagos in favor of the more relaxed countryside. Despite, or maybe because of, his seeming "average-ness", he's beset by surreal dreams where he's haunted by a traditional Okoroshi masquerade (ancestral spirit). One morning, our protagonist wakes up to discover he's been transformed into a purple spirit. Having lost his voice, he must navigate Lagos in this new form. His journey takes him across the society, to the club, and even into the world of a secret society bent on claiming the masquerade as their own.

In his second film, Abba T. Makama plays with different influences, from Nollywood to North American music videos, and the result is a campy, visually eclectic film unlike any being produced by his contemporaries. But style never trumps substance, as beneath the formal play, Makama is probing pressing questions about modernity and masculinity that, when the laughter subsides, aren’t easily answered.

Official Selection at 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

"Makama’s vivacious sense of humour brings an invigorating gonzo style to The Lost Okoroshi’s incongruous mash-up of cultural influence, its use pop music, vibrant colours and cinematic visual effects."– Cinevue

About the filmmaker 

ABBA T. MAKAMA (DODOROWSKI) a visual artist and award-winning filmmaker. He's feature film Green White Green premiered at TIFF 2016 (Toronto International film festival) to critical acclaim. His second feature film The Lost Okoroshi also premiered at TIFF 2019 and Berlin Critics Week. The Lost Okoroshi is currently streaming on Netflix.


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