It’s barely been six months since Jade Osiberu shook the Nollywood movie scene with action-thriller Brotherhood, now she’s gearing up to go two for two, this time with new title The Trade.
Written by award-winning screenwriter Yinka Ogun, The Trade tells the story of Dike Maduka, aka Eric, a genius billionaire by day and a notorious kidnapper by night, who ravaged the southern Nigeria for several years. After evading arrest for two decades, a fast rising police officer and head of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Superintendent Khalid Abubakar leads a high-stakes investigation into the famous kidnapper’s activities.
It features the likes of Blossom Chukwujeku, Rita Dominic, Chiwetalu Agu, Kelechi Udegbe, Gideon Okeke, Gregory Ojefua, Charles Inojie, Ali Nuhu, Denola Grey, Stan Nze, Waje, and Shawn Faqua.
The fast-paced crime drama film, directed and produced by Osiberu herself, seeks to portray the illicit act of kidnapping for ransom, an act that has seemingly become a huge thing in the country.
Announcing the film herself in 2018, the award winning filmmaker commented;
“According to African Insurance Organization, in 2016 Nigeria overtook Colombia and Mexico as the global capital for Kidnap for Ransom, and as terrifying as this is, it’s a big informal albeit illegal industry, with a thriving business model and multiple target markets. We have been researching this project for about a year now and I’m really excited, first because reality is sometimes even more gripping than fiction and that’s certainly the case for Nigerian Trade and then because the studio’s (Foresight Global Films) ambition is to make a film set in Nigeria that can truly compete internationally.”
Watch the trailer below:
The Trade premieres in cinemas Nationwide on January 13, 2023.