By Tafi Mhaka
What do I have to do? What do I have to do?
Uh..my friends say I got it bad for you.
I do. But there’s nothing in this world I’d rather do, but you.
Can we cross the line, perhaps tell me would you like that.
Now would you like that, tell me would you like that,
would you like that, tell me would you like that,
would you like that, tell me?
Akaru Naru’s sultry number, Poetry: How does it feel, warmly espouses the sweet allure of unbridled passion.
Lust’s a shamefully soulful vice.
Much like fast love on Russian steroids: it’s dirty, illicit, potent, deliciously fun. The naked politics of lust are tantalisingly dicey. Lust is terribly satisfying, yet remarkably mortifying.
In The Arbitration, Gbenga, a young businessman, who’s married, ridiculously rich and successful – he runs a highly profitable tech company – comes to learn cheap thrills are pretty dear.
Gbenga had a stormy 2-year affair with a colleague, Dara. She’s hot, smoking Rihanna hot. She’s Ivy league smart: a computer whizzkid. Plus, she’s a highly-driven, compulsively ambitious woman.
Gbenga and Dara’s office dalliance ends badly. Dara leaves after Gbenga learns his wife’s pregnant and he ends their affair.
All’s well that ends well, Shakespeare opined.
But lusty affairs tend to have anti-climatic endings for the most part.
Gbenga’s accused of rape by Dara.
Director Niyi Akinmolayan cleverly infuses The Arbitration with profound movement: he graciously affords his characters the spatial trajectory to become brilliantly moody and emotive.
Akinmolayan’s on record as saying Nollywood films need more characterisation : “Memorable characters. We had great stories last year…but very few characters”.
The Arbitration’s complex portrayal of high-tech corporate finance shenanigans, interwoven with sordidly tangled bedroom sagas, is lusciously rich in substance.
The film stars C Ukeje, Adesua Etomi, Iretiola Doyle, Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama, and Sola Fosudo.
The Arbitration will make its international premiere at the 41st Annual Toronto International Film Festival.
The festival runs from September 8 to 18.