Up North Review: 4 Reasons You Should Watch Tope Oshin’s ‘Up North.’

Up North by Tope Oshin

Up North by Tope Oshin follows a young rebellious heir whose National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) year does not go according to plan. Against his wish, he is sent up North to Bauchi State to complete his mandatory service year. Shot in Lagos and Bauchi, the film explores love, friendship, family politics and the tourism value of Northern Nigeria.

Produced by Anakle Films and Inkblot productions, the script was written by Naz Onuzo and Bunmi Ajakaiye from an original story by Editi Effiong, and here are four reasons why we think you should watch the movie.

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Up North Features One Of Nigeria’s Favorite Celebrity Couple

Following their Wedding Party success, Banky W and Adesua Etomi warmed their way into our hearts when they confirmed their romance was beyond fiction. After making their relationship public, the Wellington’s quickly became one of Nollywood’s favorite couple – power couple, if you may. And, just like we’ve experienced it with the Tunde & Wunmi Obe’s and Olu Jacobs & Joke Silva’s of this world, there’s this excitement that comes with seeing our favorite celebrity couples together onscreen. This mushy feeling is one of the reasons we’re looking forward to Up North with so much anticipation.

FUN FACT: Banky W revealed in a later interview that Adesua wasn’t among the original cast of the movie. He explained that she only got the role after the producers of the movie took advantage of her presence on set to support her husband when production took them out of Lagos to Bauchi.

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Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, Makes His Acting Debut.

You’d expect politicians to be too busy with affairs of the state to find time to indulge in unrelated activities like the entertainment industry. Up North by Tope Oshin proves that isn’t necessarily the case. The film features the incumbent Governor of Bauchi State who played an active role in the whole production process.

Reports have it that even when his aides tried to get him to leave, he insisted on satisfying the director before leaving the set. Governor Abubakar’s acting debut adds to one of the reasons we think you should see Up North by Tope Oshin.

FUN FACT: The Governor wasn’t handed this role, he actually had to audition… To play himself.

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The Nostalgia Of NYSC Orientation Camp It Holds

…at least, for those who have completed the mandatory service year, this is guaranteed to be a trip down memory lane. There, sure, will be a lot to relate to, judging from what the trailer revealed.

The Movie Is Directed By Tope Oshin

Tope Oshin is, unarguably, one of the best movie directors in present day Nollywood. Her filmography – Tinsel, Journey To Self, Shuga, Hush, Hotel Majestic – is testament to this fact. For this reason, we have zero doubts that Up North will only add to her growing list of remarkable projects.

Up North starts showing in cinemas Nationwide from 28 December, 2018.

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One thought on “Up North Review: 4 Reasons You Should Watch Tope Oshin’s ‘Up North.’

  • February 20, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Hello Biyi Tolu, would you permit us to feature your name and review in our 5th Edition?
    It speaks volume of the Up North movie.


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