“Red Circle” is promising a wild ride through Lagos’ nightlife

We’re buzzing with excitement for “Red Circle,” and it’s not just because we’re die-hard fans of Nollywood’s exploration into genres like thrillers and crime dramas. It’s about the fresh lens through which this film promises to view the bustling, complex life of Lagos—a perspective we’re all too eager to dive into.

Directed by the remarkable Akay Mason, with Nora Awolowo, the youngest Nigerian female cinematographer with a Smiley Charity Award under her belt, leading the visual storytelling, “Red Circle” is more than a movie; it’s a pivotal moment for Nigerian cinema. This film, set in modern-day Lagos, taps into the city’s vibrant pulse in a way rarely seen before, especially as the world increasingly turns its eyes to Nollywood.

Folu Storms as Fikayo Holloway in 'Red Circle
Folu Storms as Fikayo Holloway via Rixel Studios

Folu Ogunkeye, known to many as Folu Storms, steps into the lead role, embodying Fikayo Holloway—a character that feels both extraordinary and utterly relatable. Folu’s portrayal of a woman striving to carve her own path away from the golden shackles of wealth is something we can’t wait to see unfold on screen. Her previous roles have already shown us she’s more than up to the task, but it’s the complexity of Fikayo that has us on the edge of our seats.

The cast list reads like a dream team—Bukky Wright’s return to Nollywood in this film has us particularly excited. The legendary actress, joining forces with Femi Branch, Tobi Bakre, and Lateef Adedimeji, among others, promises a powerhouse performance that will undoubtedly captivate audiences.

Folu Storms, Timini Egbuson, Tobi Bakre
L-R; Timini Egbuson, Folu Storms, Tobi Bakre

What’s truly got us keyed up is the film’s backdrop—Lagos, with all its glitz, glamour, and underbelly mysteries, promising a thrilling ride into the world of showbiz. The stakes? High. The drama? Even higher. And with Abdul Tijani-Ahmed weaving the narrative alongside Nora Awolowo’s production brilliance, we expect a storyline that’s as gripping as it is emotionally resonant.

But beyond the star-studded cast and the promise of a gripping storyline, the backdrop against which this tale unfolds has us truly captivated. With all its vibrancy, complexity, and sheer unpredictability, Lagos is the perfect setting for a crime thriller. We’re looking forward to seeing how “Red Circle” leverages this, adding layers to the narrative and bringing the city to life in ways we’ve never seen before.

Tobi Bakre, Folu Storms
Tobi Bakre, and Folu Storms via Rixel Studios

Seeing Nollywood explore the crime thriller genre with such a compelling offering is very much like watching our favourite cinematic world grow and evolve right before our eyes. It’s not just the promise of suspense or the allure of crime-solving that’s got us excited—it’s the potential to see our own stories, complexities, and the vibrant tapestry of West African life reflected on the big screen.

As we count down to the release of “Red Circle,” our anticipation is mixed with a sense of pride. This film is not just a testament to the talent and creativity that abound in Nollywood; it’s a celebration of Nigerian storytelling at its finest. So here’s to hoping “Red Circle” lives up to the hype and then some, marking yet another milestone in the evolution of Nollywood into new, exciting territories.


  • Coco Anetor-Sokei

    Meet Coco, the delightful and eccentric Content Editor at Marie Claire Nigeria. With a passion for mindful living and ample sleep, she's been weaving words since 2015. As a devoted mother, Coco cherishes moments with her inquisitive, spirited daughter, exploring the world to find deeper meaning in life.

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