Òlòtūré is the story of a young, naïve Nigerian journalist who goes undercover to expose the shady underworld of human trafficking.
Unused to this brutal environment, crawling with ruthless traders and pimps, Òlòtūré finds warmth and friendship with Blessing, Linda and Beauty, the prostitutes she lives with. However, she gets drawn into their lifestyle and finds it difficult to cope. In her quest to uncover the truth, this rookie reporter pays the ultimate price – one that takes her to the verge of no return.
The scene opens with a group of young women hawking flesh and potential pleasures by the roadside. A remarkably unbroken shot shows them enter a club where one tries to entice a customer, but the man (played by the always dependable Gregory Ojefua) has eyes for another gyrating working girl.
Upstairs with this girl, whose name forms the film’s title, he pops a pill as she heads to the restroom. Next thing, she goes through a window. By morning, she turns up at the residence she shares with other girls in the trade. She is ridiculed but can afford to pay the quarrelsome landlady, a role played with some brio by the singer Omawumi.
Initially, Oloture seems to have a hard time of it—the other girls, after all, seem satisfied with their work. It all proves to be a façade, though, as these women have their own ambitions, most of which revolves around the idea of escape. One wants to escape a violent pimp; most want to ply their trade overseas.
The latter group is how we get to meet Omoni Oboli’s Alero, a pimp with contemporary ideas concerning how to expand the business of prostitution. Others can work the local market, perhaps working at scaling up. Alero does the exclusive: super-powerful local men and international arrangement. As with most Nigerians, the girls themselves are enamoured of the possibility of going abroad. Oloture, who has her own agenda, indicates her interest, and the film follows her from that decision to its conclusion.