Desperate Soul

Desparate Soul

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Desperate Soul ~ 2008

Story & Screenplay – Chidimma and Chidiebere Aneke
Directors – Evan Orji & Iyke Nkwueno

Patience Ozokwor – Gertrude
Tony Umez – Michael
Roy De’nani – Chief Morris
Queen Nwokoye – Dora
Chidimma Aneke – Padita
Chidiebere Aneke – Benita
Abraham Nwodu – Dillion
Uchenna Nnanna – Alicia
Pat Edeh – Ralph
Cosol Ugochukwu – Bill
Stella Ukwuegbu – Queen
Chichi Chikere – Mr Ude
Sarah Alex – Jane
John Mac Ihechi – Tony
Chijioke Udefuna – Simon
Chinonso Udefuna – Belinea
Nonso Agbo – Young Man

Themes Explored:
Saving Face

My Rating: 66%

Dillion and Benita have been married for 4 years but have not managed to have children despite both being checked by the doctors and found to be perfectly fertile. Dillion cannot bear the shame of childlessness any longer and so gives Benita and ultimatum. She has nine months to bear him a child or he will throw her out and bring in a new wife to carry out her wifely “duty.” She is in a tough situation because he has given her this ultimatum yet at the same time does not want to sleep with her? So how on earth is she meant to conceive a child?

Before the 9 months is even up Dillion throws Benita out, sending her back to her mother’s house where her twin sister also lives. In desperation she cooks up a plan with her mother and sister to get her husband back.


Saving Face is a big theme in so many Nollywood films. As the viewer I got the feeling that Dillion’s desperation for a child was not because it was something that he really wanted, it was simply to prove his manliness to other men and society at large. Being married for so many years and not bearing a child is a situation that he feels embarrassed and humiliated by. He exclaims at one point,

“My friends mock me… I feel so much humiliation everywhere I go.”

Despite the fact that both Dillion and Benita have been checked by a doctor and declared fine the blame for childlessness always falls on the woman’s head. Even when tests haven’t been done it is still the woman that bears the blame. We see Benita praying, whilst crying and wailing,

“Please Lord I need a child to prove to the world I’m not barren.”

Even in her prayers for a child it is what people will think of her barrenness that consumes her as opposed to actually desiring a child.

It is odd that Benita’s husband that has been married to her for 4 years cannot tell the difference between her and her sister. He does not even appear to have any suspicions as to her identity. On the contrary Bill who slept with Benita’s sister Padita casually before dumping her and running off to America is so assured of Padita’s identity even though she tries to lie to him and pretend she is Benita.

Women always seem to get the short end of the deal and perhaps this is reflective of Nigerian society at large. We see Bill and his mother come and snatch Padita’s son from her. She has to go to his house and beg him to see her child, only to have him threaten her, “I will kill you!” What a cheek! Was he not the one who was disinterested when she announced her pregnancy to him? Was he not the one who abandoned her and ran off to America. It beggars belief! The guy that played Bill, Cosol Ugochukwu was excellent in his role as the enraged, self entitled man on a mission. He was comical too, particularly the part where he rumbles Padita as Benita. When Dillion asks who he is he animatedly screams at him in disbelief, “I am B-I-L-L,” before making moves to snatch the child.

In the end Dillion is left without the son he so much wanted to prove his manliness as Padita returns to Bill. Benita begs for Dillion’s forgiveness only to find out he has HIV, perhaps a result of his promiscuity during their split. Her other sister who was all for her going back to her husband at any cost is disgusted and grabs her to leave the hospital despite her crying and clinging onto him.

There are good lessons to be learned. Always treat others as you would expect to be treated. Dillion threw Padita out of the house without any concern for her feelings over something that she had no control over. On the other hand we see how Benita differs as we can see that she was willing to stay with Dillion after she found out he had HIV. She had compassion for him even though he probably got the HIV through his promiscuity which he did have control over.

I would recommend the movie. It was a bit of a slow burner but all in all it was an enjoyable watch. This is the second time I have seen the twins in a movie, and not only did they act out their roles convincingly they were also responsible for the story and screenplay. I’m sure we will see bigger and better things from them in the future!

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  1. NF- I have watched this movie as well. The sisters played their role very well. You failed to mention even though the sister denied sleeping with him, she actually did. SO she might have also contracted the " monster".

    Their is no other better actor/actress than Patience.

    A little off the topic, but have you seen Reloaded.

  2. nollywoodforever says:

    I like these sisters… I would have liked to see more of the aftermath with the whole HIV thing, but all in all it was a good effort. I have not seen reloaded… Have you?

  3. Yes, It reminds me a lot of Games Men Play. I don't know if you have seen that one. But I could not find it in the store so I watched it on You Tube. Which requires a lot of patience. (LOL)

    I have seen these two sisters before in a movie also with Patience… I just could not recall the name.

    Like you I wish they would have explored the aftermath… but this is nollywood.

    I can't tell you how many times I have watched movies wasted literally hours of my life that I will never get back. Just for the movie to have a crazy ending.

    Very frustrating…

  4. nollywoodforever says:

    They were in Broken ambition with Abraham Nwodu again. It is on this blog somewhere…

    Reloaded is the Games Men Play but reloaded and they decided to just name it reloaded… how was it? I am looking forward to that one.

  5. Yes, you are right that is the movie that I have seen them in. I think alzheimer's is starting to set in early for me.(smiling) It is either that or you have an uncanny memory.

    No, it is not the same movie. It is similar. It does not have Kate Henshaw-Nuttal in it,the narrator is replaced by Rita Dominic.

    The beginning of the movie was a little weird- because it took me a while to figure out the relationship the characters played in connection with the storyline.

    It was good especially the ending. So I think you will enjoy it.

  6. nollywoodforever says:

    It sounds good and the original film name was Games Men Play Reloaded, but they just kept the reloaded. It is the same people behind it… i cannot stomach watching stuff on youtube… I need the big screen!!!

  7. I agree with you. But my addiction has no bounds. I am desperate so desperate times call for desperate measures.

    NF- I left a message on FB for you.

    You really have to see it though. I don't know how quickly you can get it.

  8. nollywoodforever says:

    LOL I saw the message on FB… I actually thought you came here from there! Its not even been released yet and I heard they are trying to get everyone to buy directly from a website which doesn't suit me… Anyway where there is a will there is a way!!!

  9. Hmm.. interesting, I thought you would get it from your stalls like you usually do. Even here, I haven't seen it . But don't worry it will be out soon I am sure.

    Have you seen this movie called What went wrong? The stars are Patientce ozokwor, Uche jombo,and others…

  10. nollywoodforever says:

    No its not out yet..

    What went wrong is trash. Uche Jombo is married to a man that sleeps in his mothers bed and the mother is fighting daughter in law… you can guess the rest… it is so repetitive and mother sleeping with son was just too gross and not even handled properly…

  11. I hope dat michelle girl is not part of this movie cos if she is , i will NOT watch it

  12. nollywoodforever says:

    Na she's not in it.

  13. NF- I found it quite disturbing also. It was pretty weird.

  14. Sgorgeous says:

    NF when are you going to update…Abeg… leave your ice cream alone…

  15. nollywoodforever says:

    They didnt even have the ice cream I wanted or i would be in the mood to post… I have new posts… Its just typing… LOL tommorrow…

  16. Sgorgeous says:

    Ok, did u check your e-mail for the pics…NF don't worry I will send you a mental image of your ice cream… Did you get it yet?

  17. nollywoodforever says:

    Yes thank you for the email I got it! Pretty pic!

  18. how can i get chidebere aneke email contact or phone no.
    am his friend we have lost contact for long time.
    my no is +22566772084

  19. nollywoodforever says:

    Chidiebere is a female not a man. I don't know how you can get in contact sorry I don't know her.

  20. yes i now that she a female.
    chidiebere she is twins and her twin sister name is chidinma aneke.
    they furture in lagos girls,2rat and many more
    the stays in enugu
    please you contact me at.

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