It’s no news that many Nigerians search for ways to migrate out of the country for ‘greener pastures’. Let’s look at the review of Oloture: The Journey for insight into how a risky journey can turn out.

Oloture: The Journey – A Review
Oloture: The Journey – A Review

Oloture: The Journey – A Review

The Journey, a sequel to the 2020 film Oloture, tells a familiar story—each year, thousands of Nigerians attempt to leave the country for better opportunities abroad, using irregular routes from the desert to the sea.

These risky journeys can last months or even years, depending on unforeseen factors like imprisonment or, worse, ending up in a slave market.

Success stories exist: many eventually make it to Europe and work their way up to better opportunities. However, horror stories also exist, and that’s where Oloture sits.

Oloture: The Journey – The Prequel

In the 2020 film, a young journalist embarks on a daring undercover investigation to expose a network of prominent individuals involved in the sex trafficking of Nigerian women to Europe. Posing as a sex worker named Ehi, Oloture (Sharon Ooja) infiltrates the network. She experiences firsthand the horrific exploitation of sex workers in this world and seeks to crush the structures that uphold them with the might of her pen.

The film ends with Oloture on her way to Europe, where her adversaries plan to further exploit her and others like her—they just have to make the trip to Italy first. Oloture: The Journey, a limited series that began streaming on Netflix on June 28, 2024, introduces a new phase of her story.

Oloture: The Journey – The Story

Devoid of old allies and no longer supported by her news publication, Oloture continues her journey towards Europe. Her decision is strikingly confusing: she had already achieved her main objective of identifying the shadowy figures behind the scenes and had attempted, unsuccessfully, to escape back to familiar surroundings at the end of the film.

When the new show’s plot offers her a fresh opportunity to return home after a sickening tragedy, she uncharacteristically opts to continue the journey with unclear objectives. The show increasingly treats Oloture less like a character of substance and more like a walking plot device. However, this gap serves as a window into the fate of people who undertake these dangerous irregular journeys out of the country.

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On the road, Oloture encounters all manners of bad actors: untrustworthy strangers, kidnappers, rapists, double-dealing smugglers, and corrupt security operatives eager to exploit the situation. She finds friends along the way too, but the show’s message is clear: this journey is not worth the trouble; go back home and migrate legally.

Oloture: The Journey ends with Oloture and her group of new friends finally boarding a boat headed for Europe via the Mediterranean Sea, one of the world’s deadliest migration routes. Just before they board, her concerned friend Peju (Beverly Osu) tells her, “I don’t know how to swim. But we have to do it.”

Conclusion

Every other week, news headlines report dozens of Nigerians being repatriated from Libya, burdened with the horrors of their unsuccessful journeys. As unspeakably bad as their experiences are, they remain some of the lucky ones.

Last year, Statistics estimated that over 3,000 migrants from around the world drowned in the sea while attempting that journey, fleeing from something, running toward something. The Netflix show ends without revealing the travelers’ fate, but viewers have seen enough about the dangers of their journey.

Does this movie show enough examples to make you rethink your decision to go through an illegal route? I hope you get all the clarity you need.

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By Nayomi

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