Shanty Town Netflix
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Shanty Town Netflix

Shanty town Netflix
Shanty Town Netflix

Shanty Town Netflix Synopsis

A group of courtesans tries to get away from a notorious kingpin, but they are nearly hard to release due to political corruption and family ties.


Shanty Town Netflix, A mother wakes up her twin teenage daughters, but before they can say a morning prayer, thugs with automatic rifles storm the area. The mother is asked to display her “nakedness” after a guy breaks into the women’s shack. One of the sisters is shot, along with the man who assisted the family in escaping the mayhem and bloodshed. One of the sisters was shot dead, and the man who helped them escape.

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A group of men and women making and packing drugs for the neighbourhood kingpin, Scar, are visible 18 years later (Chidi Mokeme). However, he has numerous women working for him as sex workers who are paying off debts that they or their parents have accumulated by working for him in Lagos’ Shanty Town.

Inem (Ini Edo), the twin who escaped the 2004 shooting, is soon to be released from custody. When she is released, she informs the chief prison officer that she will immediately return to prostitution.

Shanty Town Netflix, Jackie (Mercy Eke), one of Scar’s women, approaches him for freedom after paying off her debt to him. That evening, she joins in the festivities with the other ladies, led by Ene (Nse Ikpe Etim), who serves as a type of den mother to Scar’s prostitutes.

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Jackie pushes her friend Shalewa (Nancy Isime) to borrow money from her at the celebration in order to pay off Scar early. But when she delivers Scar an early payment, all he does is become enraged, make death threats against her, and demonstrate to her that despite all the costs she incurs (rent, food, payment for STI treatments, etc.), she actually owes him a lot more money than she thinks.

Shanty Town Netflix, Inem calls Ene and requests that she take her up from jail. Ene is surprised to hear from Inem because Scar had previously informed her that Inem was no longer alive. She tries to buy Inem’s silence, but Inem is adamant that she’s going to return to Shanty Town and confront Scar, also take her place at where she belongs.

Crew and Cast

The crime thriller stars Chidi Mokeme as Scar, Ini Edo, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Nse Ikpe-Etim (Glamour Girls), Uche Jombo(Blood Sisters), Zubby Michael as Colorado, Sola Sobowale, Nancy Isime, Shaffy Bello, Ali Nuhu(Amina), Toyin Abraham(Ghost and the Tout Too), Mercy Eke amongst others.

Shanty Town was produced by Chinenye “Chichi” Nworah’s Giant Creative Studios. Champion One Entertainment and Minini Empire Production. Directed by Dimeji Ajibola (Passport). The script was written by Xavier Ighorodje and Donald Tombia. The script is based on a story by Shirleyaan Ede, Xavier Ighorodje and Ayomikun Paseda.
Xavier Ighorodje and Chichi Nworah are also credited as the show’s creators. Jonathan Kovel is credited as the director of photography. Ini Edo is also an executive producer on the project.

Rating and Review

Shanty Town Netflix is a beautiful series, a very good production with a top notch quality. In fact, it’s one of the few shows from this part of the world that I enjoyed. When I saw RMD at first, I thought, oh! This is another wrong casting, because I wasn’t sure enough if he will be able to deliver some lines in the character’s language, and He did.

The directing, cinematography and writing look top notch. We must commend the whole crew for a well-done job. Kudos.

But, there are some loose ends that wasn’t taken care of properly by the director. Shalewa being a Yoruba lady, and not able to utter a simple Yoruba word through out the duration of the series is a shallow decision the director toyed with. If a star actor cannot speak a native language, must you cast the person for the role? Or maybe, the director could have renamed the character.

The scene where Ini-edo had to take permission from a prison warden before she could get on her undercover assignment is also a stupid decision and error made by the director. She already had every informations from her twin sister, and her files had every other informations too. That scene was in essence, I think.

The Bar scene at episode two where Femi Fernandez met with Shalewa had not corresponding lightings. What was the D.O.P thinking? Even if the gaffer made errors or had some problems with logistics which did affect the not consistent lights, why did the decision maker on that set let it fly?

Lastly, who sent the Jackie voice note? A ghost? We didn’t even see her press the record button talmore of sending a voice note. The writer/director could have come up with something believable. This is 2023 please.

We will rate this series 3.5 out of 5stars. If you will like to see some other reviews, you can check here. Thanks for reading through.

Olayinka Johnson is a Nigeria born Filmmaker, Film lover, Film critic, 3d artist and an Animator. Born and bred in the heart of Lagos during the mid 80’s. His love for story telling made him ventured into the act of Filmmaking thereby learning from the Industry expert. He has worked on various productions(Musical videos, TV Programs, and Films) as a hired crew member and have also produced and directed some Short Films for himself.

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