Anticipating the release of Niyi Akinmolayan’s The Arbitration was like waiting for power to be restored after a stretch of blackouts. Thus far, 2016 has not been a great year for Nollywood movies, and so when we saw the trailer for The Arbitration, we raised our glasses of hope and said prayers under our breath. Some of us drew out audio bibles and placed the part about expectations not being cut short on replay.
The Arbitration tells the story of a legal tussle between Gbenga and Dara over an alleged rape. Gbenga Sanni is the managing director of Iwaju Limited, and Dara Olujobi works as a lead software engineer in the same company. They have an affair that goes sour, complicating their working relationship so much that it calls for arbitration. The lawyers of both parties employ every trick in the book to get the arbitrator to rule in their clients’ favor, summoning witnesses and digging up secrets.
The story of The Arbitration is simple, yet not-so-simple. While the plot appears straightforward, the intermittent flashbacks introduce a chain of events that twist and turn, revealing the characters in a light different from what is obtained at first glance. The movie reflects a lot of research, and the careful selection of a handful of actors who bring the screenplay (written by Chinaza Onuzo) to life is the best thing to happen to this movie. Adesua Etomi as Dara is sassy, intelli ... Read Full Review