Movie lovers nationwide have welcomed the much acclaimed film, TATU, with great excitement.
Adapted from a book of the same title, written by Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, the immediate past Director General of the Debt Management Office, DMO, TATU astonished a distinguished and select audience that watched its Grand Premier at the Eko Hotel, Lagos recently with its engaging message, gripping scenes and high profile cast and crew.
The film is produced by Don Omope, the celebrated Director of such other equally highly acclaimed movies as Taxi Driver – Oko Ashewo (2015) and The Wedding Party (2016).
The celebrity actors and actresses featured in the movie include Segun Arinze, Desmond Elliot, Hafeez Oyetoro (Saka), Toyin Abraham, Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi, Rahama Sadau, Gabriel Afolayan and Sambasa Nzeribe, to mention but a few. The awe-inspiring feature film was supported by the Bank of Industry (BOI) Creative Industry Support Initiative.
TATU is a story of conflicts and their resolution – conflicts between the ancient and the modern, between fetishism and Christianity, between the selfless love of a mother for her priceless daughter and a voodoo priest’s inordinate lust for power and immortality.
Barren Larayi, desperate for a child, covenants with the Chief Priest, Narimana (played admirably by Segun Arinze), begets beautiful Tatuma, who, as part of the pact with the Chief Priest, must be sacrificed once she comes of age.
Larayi, unwilling to let her lovely daughter be sacrificed to appease the gods, plans her escape from the place of her birth to the city with a clergyman who hands the young Tatuma over to the Mother Superior to be brought up at the Convent (Nunnery) as an orphan.
She grows up beautiful, loving the city life but still under the remote influence of the gods of her place of birth.
When the time comes for her to be sacrificed, her mother, Larayi, refuses to reveal her whereabouts, preferring to die rather than her daughter.
Meanwhile, in the city, Tatuma finds love, which draws her away from the Convent.
Her traditionally assigned bodyguard, with supernatural powers, is sent by the Chief Priest to find and bring her back to fulfill her ‘destiny,’ which the Chief Priest, believes will confer immortality on him but which he, deceitfully, tells the community would avert calamity.
The fast paced, gripping story moves from jungle scenes to city scenes and back to the jungle where the film climaxes with the heroic and titanic effort that results in the rescue of Tatuma from the altar of sacrifice, in the death of Narimana, the Chief Priest, and in the birth of Tatuma’s child, marking the triumph of good over evil.
The film, which is already being projected to win international awards, is produced and being marketed by FilmOne Distribution and Production and is a must watch for all. It is also sure to overwhelm all who watch it.
Nwankwo, a Ph.D holder in Economics from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, has, besides work, TATU (Drama) published by Delta Publications, Enugu in 2004, other literary works such as Minds of Time (Poetry), Oracles for Heroes (Prose) and Through the Storm (Drama) to his credit.
He has also written much sought after books in Economics like Stable Growth and Foreign Exchange: From Economic Downturn to Turnaround & Prosperity; and Inflation and the Structure of Aggregate Output. He has also published numerous economics articles in reputable academic journals.
Born in Umulogho Obowo in Imo State, Dr. Nwankwo is married to Dr. Stella Nwankwo and they are blessed with three children, Chindu, Chinzu and Chinju.