The much anticipated premiere of the movie titled: “Fantastic Four” finally held on Sunday March 14, 2021 at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos.
The event tagged PAD (Premiere, Awards & Dinner), witnessed the premiere of “Fantastic Four.”
It is a family drama that showcases the decadence in our core values as a nation, the deviation from acceptable norms and erosion of traditions due to our absolute acceptance of western civilization.
It is a must watch movie that depicts the issues surrounding broken homes and its attendant consequences.
“Issues of parenting, peer influence/pressure, anti-social behaviors and many other vices are touched in the movie,” a statement made available to National sketch by the organizer stated.
In an exclusive interview, the brain behind “Fantastic Four,” Mr. Adeyinka Oluwayimika, said that he grew up in a “face me-I-face-you” apartment in Mushin, Lagos in an environment where children went to school without shoes, with torn shirts and shorts.
“In some homes, you did not see dad neither did you see mum. In some homes, you would see dad, you would not see mum, while in others, you would see mummy, but daddy is nowhere to be found.
“Though, some are fortunate to turn out nice, a lot of them turn out the other way round. But as I grew older, I began to learn the consequences of those things, most especially from the broken homes.
“Fortunately in our society, they attach importance to money and wealth, they believe only children from broken and poor homes end up badly. They believe that someone who comes from a wealthy home, where money is not a problem, would be sent to a private school and will turn out better.
‘Even as I grew older, I was fortunate to see people from rich homes, who turn out very bad. They were rascally. While in school, they were late comers, they were everything negative,” he said.
He explained that growing up in Mushin, Lagos, he discovered that a lot of times, when a child is accused of stealing, the parent would say, it’s not their child. He added that denial was the defense mechanism for parents back then.
“I now asked myself, how many parents could boldly boast of knowing their children 100 per cent. You know that child as long as the child is under your roof, immediately he or she steps out, do you still know that child? Do you truly know his friends or people he hangs out with?
“Those guys who prostrate and drink water in your house, they may be the ones carrying out the runs on the road. I felt it was time to correct the impression, that it’s not only person/s from poor background alone that turn out bad, but someone from a rich background do too.
“To be able to say the rich also cry.”
I started this as a short story, because I like telling stories. The title of the story then was, “if it were to be you, what would you have have done?”
“It is a tragic film as he had to kill all his friends for what they did and that led him to prison. His friends raped his only sister and she died in the process.
We hope the lessons in ‘Fantastic Four’ would be able to impact not just parents, but even children,” he said.
Oluwayimika stated that there were always consequences for wrong doing, and that children must be able to go home and talk to their parents.
He said that they should see their parents as friends, be free to talk to them, and that if their parents were not ready to listen they should go to their Pastors, or Imams and find someone they thought they could trust and talk to him so that they would be able to counsel them, and that with this they won’t end up with friends who would lead them astray.
“I personally had a rough share of moving with wrong set of people, and I know what it cost me. But, I thank God today, i can look back, laugh and tell the story.
“We want to believe that parents, guardians, teachers, and children, people in places of authority would help us look into the nature-nurture controversy and find last solutions.
“When you teach a child from home, the value inculcated at home would out-weigh that of outside. That’s why we have “Fantastic Four.” We pray our society would be better for it,” he said.
The movie, he said was shot in Lagos, while revealing that the process was long.
“You write the story yourself or give it to a script writer, depending on the availability of time and funds. You could sit for weeks looking at the story back and front. You may be thinking if you do it this way, would the approving organization approve it, would they accept it. The cable or TV stations, would they accept it.
“So, lots of things must be considered. Also it is a function of the people involved. How ready are they? Also, finance is important. We, in the creative sector find it difficult to access the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) bailout for the creative industry.
“There are lots of bottlenecks and conditions attached to it. If we have funds, and support of the government, like they do with most of the projects abroad, we would be able to produce films that would stand side by side with those of our foreign counterparts. Why do we watch Telenovella or Zee World, when we have people that could tell better stories here? They have funding and support, but we don’t have.
Aside from the premiere of “Fantastic Four,” corporate bodies and individuals who have made impacts on the lives and livelihood of Nigerians were acknowledged and honoured with awards at the event.