In Oorun ale ojo kan, a film written by Olajide Olabode and produced by Kayode Akindina, Tinuke, (Fathia Balogun)?s jealous husband, Olu, who can?t stand her talking to another man, takes up her boss? proposition to sleep with her in order to pay his medical bills when he had to be treated for kidney failure.
Well, the boss intended it for a mischievous purpose and when the girl came to his house for the night, he didn?t do more than give her a moral lecture.
Of course, Olu does not appreciate the gesture when he gets up from his sick bed and you guess right, he threw her out of the house. The repercussion comes and Olu and his mother have to beg Tinuke.
The issue is complicated because she had already given her life as surety to the witches so that she won?t change her mind about setting Olu free from the bondage he was in.
What the story takes up is a sensitive moral issue of how far a man will go with his wife in the hands of another man no matter how dire the situation is.
However, a joke that involves a man?s wife in the house of another man so as to be able to get money for an ailing husband is simply carried too far for comfort. The issue here is not about whether the guy has serious psychological issues that lead him to suspect his wife with every man that comes near her but that it is near impossibility for a man, lying on his hospital bed to be visited by somebody who he believes is having an affair with his wife ? her boss.
The boss tells the sick guy that he cannot get money unless he allows his wife to come to his house and sleep with him for a night.
For a man with a kidney condition and whose death date is only a matter of countdown to be propositioned in such a vulnerable condition is highly distasteful and smacks of lack of sensitivity and pure mischief that could have been conceived by only a mind that needs questioning.
If the story writer had put himself in Olu?s shoes, he will be surprised that he would not have felt differently from Olu.
At the end of the film, directed by Segun Ogungbe, the film maker probably expects the reader, who has an omniscient view of the entire happening, to say something like ?Too bad. To think he didn?t even sleep with her!?
Yet, the truth is that to find a man who will accept that kind of story totally will be like seeking a pig with well manicured hoofs ? a very rare thing. So, since that kind of story could not have held water with men generally, there is no basis on which a man with intense jealousy would have taken such a story.
A woman that will get a man to believe such story that she didn?t have to sleep with her boss to get the money will almost need to swear by all the deities in the land. Now, the guy in question is a very jealous person who would not have believed the fly that flew over her head is not an intending rival.
What sustains the interest of the viewer is the acting of Faithia Balogun and Toyin Adegbola who plays the role of Olu?s mother. Their experienced acting manages to sustain the story. The women?s roles as witches are however too stereotyped for good self expression.