The Encounter is set in 1967. The movie begins with the text – For over a year, the breakaway Republic of Biafra has been at war with the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This text sets the mood for us. The viewer may already be familiar with the civil war, but even if he or she is not, the word war does much of the work.
The story written by historian, Henry Onyema was produced by Trino Studios and directed by Tolu Ajayi.
I have always believed that the majority of Nigerians are quite ignorant of those who played significant roles in the Nigerian past, myself included. The real success of The Encounter is that after watching the movie you find yourself googling the names of the two main characters, Emmanuel Ifeajuna and Commander-in-Chief, General Emeka Ojukwu.
We are first introduced to Ifeajuna, played by Amara Onoh, with a close-up of his face. His eyes are closed and he is muttering or praying. Officers come in, one of whom he clearly knows and has no respect for. He is roughed up but this beating up of a prisoner was not only cliché but poorly done. They then escort him to the office of General Ojukwu, played by Gregory Ojefua, and we quickly realize that they are friends; or rather that they used to be friends.
The conversation that they go on to have is an odd mixture of nostalgic reminiscing and heated accusations. It is clear that General Ojukwu wants to find out w ... Read Full Review