As a black dude in America, I was always interested in Africa but I was always too lazy to check out any actual African films.
So I’m on Kanopy and I notice that there’s “African Studies” as a tag so I just dived right in on that and so far have seen six movies with one of them being this amazing piece of work.
First off, I wanna say right now, if you read up to this point, I’m warning in advance, I spoil shit in my reviews. This movie was made in 2012 so you had six years to watch it so you as a reader can’t get mad at me if you get spoiled on it.
First off, let me just say, I’m not too familiar with the language that they use (from what I understand, Nigeria got a fuckton of languages in it like Igbo and Yoruba) but my curiosity is beyond peaked so now I’m just like “after I finish up with Swahili, I’m going to one of those”.
The movie starts off as most movies do and let me steer off again just to talk about the quality. BRUH, it was so clear! I gotten used to seeing the older films where you can tell it was made in ’96 or something so seeing this made me think “damn, they upgraded!”
Okay, let me get to the part where I talk about the movie.
So right off the bat, I get to see what it’s like to live in Nigeria and I tell you, it’s not that much different from my own hometown, I think what took my attention the most was the taxi service where it’s a guy on a bike instead of a car and he’s legit parked on the corner for it.
One of our two main characters is Mary (Nse Ikpe-Etim), a very talented tailor who seems to be on thin ice with her job while the other is Akin (Wale Ojo), a slightly aggressive stuffed shirt vying for his manager’s position.
Things get awry when these two bump into each other at an airport and pick up each other’s similar looking phones, resulting in a regular prince-and-pauper type setting where the humble Mary ends up having to live with Akin’s very kind and well off mother while Akin reluctantly has to live with Mary’s father (who I immediately gravitated to because he looks a lot like my dad) in his hut.
Hilarity ensues, mostly on Akin’s front since he’s VERY reluctant about this starting off but slowly starts to understand things.
What I loved the most about this movie is how it’s a romance but it didn’t have any kissing or sex in it. It shows a relationship being built from two anonymous people that literally connect by chance. It’s a little unrealistic to build a relationship that quickly but at the same time, it gave me hope that a bond can be made from empathy and friendship then just “I wanna bang this person, I got to bang this person”.
Another thing was that this movie was REALLY positive for women. There were female managers all up and down this joint and Mary’s sister, Cynthia (Ada Ameh) was not just a cop but apparently badass enough to beat up an assailant with the help of her equally badass twin brothers, Alpha (Charles Billion) and Omega (Jay Jay Coker).
Bruh, this movie got me wanting to see more movies made from Nollywood.
Let me say this, this is easily the best movie I’ve seen in a while and I thought nothing could top how much I loved The Iron Giant (even though for some reason, I just don’t like Vin Diesel). It was passionate, it was funny, it was educational (I’ve been saying “Lagos” wrong for about a year now) and it sparked my attention.
Seriously, this would have did well in America, now I wanna see what else Nigeria got to offer.
Before my limit on Kanopy shuts out.
Seriously, watch this movie, it’s THAT good.