It takes a tragic event for four childhood friends to strip themselves bare by revealing their own truths and embarking on the journey to their own respective spiritual freedoms.
Nollywood Film Reviews
African Movie Reviews from Nollywood, covering movies from Nigeria and Ghana. The best movies the genre has to offer to the worst.
Amina is played by Omotola Jalade Ekeinde who finds herself incarcerated in a mental hospital after suffering a series of life changing events. The only person who can help her is her psychologist played by Wil Johnson, who must overcome his own demons before he can help Amina confront her past. The psychologist happens to be a raging alcoholic with his own issues. Nolly Galore video reviews the movie Amina starring Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Wil Johnson, which premiered in Leicester Square, October 2012. For the purposes of this review it is labelled Nollywood but the film really wasn’t except it had a Nollywood actress and a Ngierian director there was nothing Nigerian about the movie. It was set in the UK and Omotola was actually meant to be British even though she had a Nigerian accent. *sigh*
Everyone is looking for Sasha, played by Yvonne Okoro who has cancer and not long to live. She has disappeared after being knocked over in the road. Artus approaches a local don to find her whereabouts only to be held by that man who presumes that he in fact knows where she is. Sasha is recovering at her aunty’s house and devastated that her son is missing, only for the don to reunite mother and son and then request a date as a thank you from her. Soon Sasha has been recruited by the Don to go to and do Ashawo work.
Lola, played by Omoni Oboli is a free spirit who is fed up of her parents constantly comparing her to her late sister Kemi. There is great fiction in their household because of this. Ngozi, played by Stella Damasus is a student who is struggling to support her mother and younger siblings. Her friend persuades her into joining her in town doing runs. She also embarks on a mission to exert revenge on the person that plunged her previously wealthy household into poverty. A teenage girl played by Sylvia Oluchy is being abused by her uncle.
Gerald, played by Uti Nwachukwu is a philadering commitment shy executive, who is horrified when he is told that his nephew Junior will be left in his custody after his brother’s death. He worries that this development will mark the end of his social life, leaving him subject to a life of PTA meetings and cleaning nose boogers, but there is no choice as the only way out of the arrangement according to the will is if he himself dies. Under his girlfriend Ella’s (Tonto Dikeh) persistence he reluctantly takes the boy into his home, but struggling to bond with the boy hires a nanny to help him out, who is a recently sacked secretary (Uche Jombo) with a huge secret. Her presence causes his girlfriend to feel resentful.
Tragedy strikes for happily married newlyweds Pabi and Jimah when a domestic accident involving hot oil leaves his face horrifically disfigured with second degree burns. Jimah struggles to accept that he is irrevocably scarred and the devoted loving husband that she once knew is emerges angry and abusive monster, seemingly intent on driving her away.
Lola (Genevieve Nnaji) and Uzo (Joseph Benjamin) meet during her youth service and are married after a 3 year courtship. On their wedding night Lola, a virgin is raped by armed robbers who break into their hotel suite, right in front of her new husband. Both bear the emotional and psychological burden that the rape places on them. She is emotionally scarred and has trouble having sexual relations with her husband, while her husband bears the guilt of not being able to protect her when she most needed him to. Their marriage is only two months but they are already seeing a marriage counsellor. It remains to be seen if they will be able to break down the psychological walls that keep them apart.
A prominent married couple Taiwo and Sarah played by Uche Jombo and Kali Ikeagwu respectively, have a life that is marred by domestic violence. When things are going well, their relationship is blissful, but when it is going badly is hellish. On one occasion the husband surprises his wife by spelling out I love you with petals by their swimming pool, but when they fight it is vicious and violent. Quick tempered Taiwo appeases his wife by buying her gifts after they fight. Their home life affects their children in the worst way. Their son is violent at school and their daughter is withdrawn to the point of muteness, her own way of protesting, but the couple refuses to see that the violent nature of their relationship is responsible until it is too late.
A young mother is thrown out of her parents’ house, when they can no longer burden the shame after she falls pregnant for the second time without being wed. Her jobless boyfriend claims to want marry her but is not able to raise the dowry to do so. Despite pleading with her parents that he is serious, they have no interest in accepting his attempts to appease them until he brings elders from his village to meet them. The young couple are left to wallow with their daughter in the slums, until his uncle comes along to offer a helping hand, but Anita shockingly doesn’t factor into his plans and her husband absconds without her. Anita is bitter than she has been saddled with two children and no husband and begins in a fervent hunt to find a man but keeps on making the same mistakes over and over again.