Amazing how this ends right in the beginning and begins at the end. When you think “Bling Lagosians”, one’s expectations of it include opulence, decadence, deceit and parties. Those are the promises Lagos holds in its allure to every person resident in the Centre of Excellence.
The plot revolves around the Holloway family whose world starts to unravel and go bankrupt after the demise of the patriarch’s influential friend, Jide Kosoko’s Oloye Baba Eko, after a round or two (thinking about Oloye’s side chic now, could have been three rounds) of ‘tennis’.
Akin Holloway tries to return every ace shot at him in the manner he can best conjure. The man signs off on N228m within 10 seconds while AMCON was trying to grab his company St. Ives Towers – the source of his money.
Clearly, sugar daddy Akin was not going about saving his company as someone facing big nonsense should.
Sub-plots Little details made the ‘Bling Lagosians’ tick
“Bling Lagosians” had a simple plot portrayed quite well. We got served a taste of the high society. Nothing over the top. Just enough here and there to make us believe we were following the lives of the wealthy.
However, it was the sub-plots and other little details that really made the film tick. The painting on the wall as Demidun Holloway returned to the room with her friend after that sour phone call with her husband. The countenances of Denola Grey’s Venya while trying to get paid for his birthday planning work. Broda Shaggy (Sam Perry) and Aunty Joy (Helen Paul) begging Akin’s wife, Mopelola, for their hard-earned salary.
Sharon Ooja and Denola Grey were superb in their roles as Tokunboh Holloway and Venya the birthday party planner respectively. Toyin Abraham’s Dunni Fernandez also did her bit to be that one razz, fun person among the elite Lagosians.
The one act who really stood out was Elvina Ibru as Mopelola Holloway. She had the role wrapped around her person like one of the expensive materials she bought for her birthday party. That aura of proper Lagos elite flowed from her effortlessly.
That class with a sprinkle of agbero peaked in her confrontation with Winihin Jemide’s Oge Briggs who had mocked the Holloways at Dunni’s party the previous night. Every attributes of the true Lagosian were on show in that single moment between two powers battling for the crown of Lagos’ model socialite.
Those sub-plots helped carry the main plot of Akin keeping his place at the St. Ives Towers (basically, Lagos) throne and allowed the whole package from being a film stretched out with nothing. Having to wait for long to see why Demidun’s husband, George (Jimmy Odukoya), was acting so cold to such a sweet looking wife was a nice topping to the cake that this film was.
And soon, each sub-plot had run out of pads to carry the shoulder material of the main plot. The production team was wise enough to recognise that and wrap things up nicely.