Excitement is in the air as Actress and Model, Linda Osifo who started
the year by pushing the creative envelope in ‘Tanwa Savage’ the movie,
has continued to blaze the creative trail, this time in “Prevail”, a
gripping story of breakthrough and triumph over life’s woes set to
premiere at Filmhouse Cinema IMAX, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos on Friday, May
Written by Saviour Kings Bob and produced by Darlington Abuda, “Prevail”
is an intricate story of a good dead turned complicated when Dr. Lanre,
a devoted Christian and the best surgeon in a private hospital in a city
where crime is the order of the day, offers a bruised woman, Tracy
Williams, who claims to be running from her temperamental husband a
ride; unaware that she’s on a dangerous mission.
”Prevail” is a reverberating story of redemption and hopes of a better
tomorrow as the story opens with a brutalized, hopeless, broken image of
Linda who plays the leading lady ‘Tracy Williams’. In portraying a
deeply troubled character such as Tracy, known in the gang as Queen T
who grew up in the ghetto with lack of parental love; whose parents died
months before her sixth year birthday, got raped at eleven repeatedly by
a guardian, dropped out of secondary school and ran into the street to
escape her predator; only to end up as an object of interest to the
leader of a notorious gang of thieves who exerts his dominance over her;
Linda throws herself into a role so challenging and stuns her audience
with a side to herself so fierce, there is no difference between her as
a person and Tracy, the character.
The “Prevail” plot centres around an infamous encounter between two
people which will forever make or mar them in this enigmatic film which
has messages of redemption, freedom, and the ability to break through
any obstacles life may throw at you. According to the thespian, ‘I
decided to play this particular role for two reasons: first of all, I’ve
been wanting something more challenging and different from the usual
roles I get and secondly, the storyline behind the character attracted
me to this role.’
Directed by Umanu Ojochenemi Elijah, the gorgeous Edo state talent is
magnetic on the screen and her interpretation of ‘Tracy’ is flawless.
For a character who comes from a complex place, whose professional
swindling, thievery, and lying cause her to do any and everything, her
carriage throughout this spectacle though, reflects a woman in control,
Umanu does an impeccable job in subtly revealing her vulnerabilities
through her nuances.
With her latest body of work in ‘Prevail’, 2021 is a year in full bloom
for the Model and Actress who has the stars aligning in pleasant places.