Nigerian Movie Review Dirty Secret
Year of Release – 2010
Sequel – Little Secret
Story/ Screenplay – Chisom Juliet Okereke
Director – Theodore Anyanji
Producer – Kingsley Okereke
Tonto Dikeh – Pandora
Muna Obiekwe – Ken
Maryann Apollo – Florence
Marriage to further political ambition
Nollywoodforever.com Rating – 68%
Ken played by Muna Obiekwe is the biggest gigolo in town and the toy boy of Mrs Flora Peters, wife of a prominent governor. Pandora played by Tonto Dikeh is the apple of her father’s eye but when he brings home a new wife, Florence Pandora fears that the new woman may come between them and expose their dirty little secret. However she soon beomes distracted by the likes of Ken whom she spots at a night club and immediately takes a liking to. Even when she finds out that he only pursues older women she still pursues him, determined to make him her own. On finding out that Ken is seeing her Aunt Flora she sets out to destroy the relationship and initiate him into her way of life.
Marriage To Further Political Ambition
Pandora’s father says he is only marrying to further his political ambition. What does being married have to do with one’s achievements or standing in the political arena? Are achievements any less valid if one is unmarried? Apparently so. If you are a woman who is unmarried you are a prostitute and if you are a man you are unfocused and unserious. One needs to give Nigerians a wake up call. You can be all of these things and married. Reminds me of an article Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie recently wrote (Read it HERE) although it applies to woman we can also apply it to Nigerian society as large, both men and women.
The incestuous relationship between father and daughter the dirty little secret the movie title refers to and is only introduced clearly in part 2 although I did think the interaction between the two was somewhat inappropriate before that. It looked like Pandora was groomed from a young age for her to be so comfortable with sleeping with her father as a grown woman. The shameless goat of a man does not even look embarrassed when caught by his wife Florence, even telling her,
“I owe you no explanation. Pandora is my daughter, a replica of her beautiful mother. It is only natural that I transfer the love that I have for her mother to her when the mother passed.”
The man really tried to justify his actions. I guess some men really would say some bullshit like that too. It was disturbing but the truth is that this kind of shit is going on all over the place and yes in Nigeria too. Dirty Secrets indeed. With regards to Dirty Secrets both father and daughter didn’t seem to be all that secretive about what was going on in the house. How would you be so free with hitting on your daughter’s boyfriend? There was no caution taken at all.
I thought that Flora was out of order for calling Pandora a cheap prostitute. Although she is of age past the age of consent it is clear that she had been groomed and abused. The father is the one who has to blame for the abuse not the daughter. She should have concentrated her efforts and insults on her husband. Even if Florence stayed with Otumba for whatever reason, how could she beg him for sex knowing he sexes up his own daughter and is trying to shag Ken, A MAN on top of it? She deserved to be called a “rabid dog” by him
I was rather shocked when Pandora’s dad asked her if he could share her new “toy” referring to Ken. It came out of the blue for me. Pandora was not shocked at all. She did not bat an eyelid, so does that mean that she has procured men for her father before or knows that her father is an African gay man that sleeps with men? Does this mean that she was privy to all sorts of depravity growing up? The man did not all of a sudden turn into a molester and homosexual because his wife died, that means he was always like that. It made me wonder what sort of woman Pandora’s mother was.
Later in the movie it seems that the wife Florence is needed because she has connections to further Pandora’s father’s political ambition, however at the same time she claims to others that she is only with him to further her political ambitions, so which is it? In my view there was the gross error in the way Florence was characterised. She seemed so shocked about the incest going on in the house but then accepted it too readily. I accept that there are indeed women who would accept this but she didn’t initially strike me as the kind of woman that would. Her character didn’t seem realistic to me. If she was going to accept such an arrangement they should have made her into a depraved Rosemary West type of character.
Even Muna Obiekwe’s character Ken didn’t make sense some of the time. Even if you are a gigolo and are depraved and not easily shocked why would you ask the wife of the man and stepmum to the daughter that you are having threesomes with,
“What have these people done to make you hate them so much?”
For real? You even asked that? You don’t need a medical degree to know that the VAST majority of women are going to be appalled by their husband sleeping with their own daughter.
Muna Obikewe was very smooth in this movie, well except for the plether jacket at the beginning, that was kinda wack, but seriously speaking from the outset his swag was on point. The white thong kind of killed it a little bit but overall he did a great job.
Tonto Dikeh looks like she has lost a bit of weight and it looks good, as did her hair no busted stacked up lace fronts this time. Kudos on that! Her performance was also good, very passionate and not so much word twisting like the last movie I saw her in.
The Character of Ken’s Friend
At the beginning of the movie I was sure that Ken’s friend just had to be related to Ken’s sugar mommy Flora. I was surprised to find out that he was not. Why was the guy so concerned? That is what you call a true bizzy body. Every minute he would be.acting alarmed and raising his voice, acting all upset when Ken would tell him anything. He was kinda annoying but kinda funny at the same time.
Some of the scenes were too dark especially the ones in the nightclub, like damn I know that nightclubs are dark but can we please see something or what is the point in having the scene drag on and on and we have to be straining our eyes all the way through. Its not fair ooo.
My Favourite Scene
The stabbing towards the end. A great build up of tension and tontos performance was very passionate and believeable we see her stuick between love and hate with is a place I aimagine many abused children find themselves.
Nollywood Forever Says What?
*** Did anyone notice that the Stepmother Florence has the same star tattoos on her neck as Tonto? SAY WHAT? I though I was hallucinating.
*** Why on earth did Ken wear a white thong to lure Mrs Otumba. SAY WHAT? Like seriously what woman is gonna get excited about that?
*** Your boyfriend just found pictures of you in compromising pictures with your father and his brother and just found out that you killed his brother and you expect him to forget about it all and run away with you? SAY FREAKING WHAT?
*** How can a father go to tuck in his 26 year old daughter? SAY WHAT? The stepmum shoud have known from them something fishy was going on.
This movie has been hyped up beyond belief. There have been articles written, slanging matches on Twitter between Tonto Dikeh and, erm well Tonto versus everybody. She has been held responsible for every evil in the world and it is all over this movie which really was not as racy as the trailer would have you believe. I think that some of the scenes were cut though because I didn’t see Muna in the green leopard print thong and I know I did not imagine that. I saw it with my own eyes. There were some sexy scenes but there was nothing over the top or gratuitous.
I would recommend the movie. It was definitely watchable and engaging. All those cast did well in their roles and important issues were tackled, however there would have needed to be greater character development and exploration of issues for this movie to be classed as great.