A group of women in Lagos want everything but are each challenged in a society riven by gender imbalance.

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Director Biyi Bandele
Producers Tope Oshin Ogun, Mo Abudu
Screenwriters Bola Agbaje, Kemi Adesoye, Biyi Bandele
With Ireti Doyle, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Dakore Egbuson, Omoni Oboli
Nigeria 2015
101 mins
Production company Ebonylife Limited

Biyi Bandele’s follow-up to Half of a Yellow Sun is a riveting exploration of love and lust, power and rivalry, and seduction and infidelity, set in Africa’s most populous city, Lagos. It details a few pivotal days in the lives of four women at the pinnacle of their careers and revelling in the power and supposed wisdom that comes with age. Tola is a reality TV star whose marriage to lawyer Kunle never stood a chance, thanks to an unpleasant family secret. Elizabeth is a celebrated obstetrician whose penchant for younger men has estranged her from her daughter. 49-year-old Maria has an affair with a married man that causes explosive rifts in her social circle. And for Kate, her battle with a life-threatening illness has prompted an obsession with religion. Elegantly performed, featuring a vibrant, pulsating soundtrack and with Lagos evocatively filmed by Malcolm McLean, Fifty is a joy to watch.

Keith Shiri