COMING SOON: Confusion Na Wa
Confusion Na Wa is a tragicomic montage of 24 hours in a modern Nigerian city. Told in four segments the story traces a group of strangers whose fates become interconnected through a series of incidents, most notably the theft of mobile phone, the rape of a teenage girl and her father’s quest for revenge. The result is the killing of an innocent youth.
In telling this complex story, the film casts its darkly humorous eyes on a range of themes such as crime, tolerance, police brutality, relationships and social inequality. Drawing inspiration, and its title, from the Fela classic Confusion, each segment of the film will use a different Fela track as a theme.
The first story sees Emeka Nwosu, an arrogant young lawyer in the midst of a seedy affair, losing his phone in the rough-and-tumble following a road accident. Unfortunately for him it is picked up by some opportunistic youths who, realising the nature of some of the messages, decide to hold his marriage to ransom.
We then switch to Bello, a low-ranking civil servant who sincerely believes that his honesty and hard-work will soon pay dividends. This worldview is pushed to breaking point as he is bullied at work, berated by his wife, and imprisoned unfairly.
This leads to the story of pious Christian entrepreneur Babajide and his independently minded son Kola. An unfortunate series of events convinces Babajide that his son is of an ‘immoral persuasion’ a situation he attempts to rectify by force.
Finally the threads of the story are tied together by the tale of amoral Charles Duka and his faithful friend Chichi. Leaving a trail of chaos in their wake their short-sighted lifestyle causes havoc to everyone they touch.
As these stories are told the motivations of a mysterious and forceful stranger that appears in each becomes apparent. The final result is a tragic miscarriage of justice.
Confusion Na Wa will be completed in early 2013, and is set to premiere as the Rotterdam film festival. The film, which was one of twelve promising African film projects selected for the Durban FilmMart in South Africa, has received production support from the Netherlands Hubert Bals Fund. The cast will blend newcomers, like Gold Opkemosa and OC Ukeje, with established names such as Ramsey Nouah and Ali Nuhu.