Emergency Wedding


Genevieve Nnaji – Joy
Tony Umez – Odili
Clarion Chukwurah – Stella
Emanuel France – The Mad Professor
Jennifer Eliogu – Comfort
Jude Ezenwa- Chima
Christy Okonkow – Bridget

Hypocrisy of the “religious”
Gender Roles (The role attached to man as the “provider”)
Stigma of Mental Illness
Stigma attached to unmarried women of a certain age

MY RATING – 97% 


Well… nothing has changed with Tony Umez. He is still a useless actor with a twisted up mouth and annoying way of speaking. Luckily he isn’t as awful as he has the potential to be in this film.

The story goes like this:

Joy and Odili are a married couple with two children. Odili was laid off his job over a year ago and so his wife Joy supports the family.

In the opening scene we see Odili arguing with his wife, (or I should say really himself as his wife is not doing much responding) about his situation. He is angry with Joy because she has hidden his sleeping tablets. she does not want him to become dependent on them and he gets worked up because he feels that she is emasculating him by being the breadwinner, as well as being him feeling generally down about being deserted by his friends and mocked by outsiders.

One day Odili is handed a life line by his friend Chima. Chima has been offered a business contract worth 5 million Naira, which he wants to collaborate on with Odili. However there is a catch. Odili needs to give Chima 500, thousand naira for the deal to go ahead, which of course he does not have. He tells his wife about the situation and in a loving and generous gesture she offers him her entire savings of 80, thousand naira which Odili nastily throws back in her face. This is the beginning of their relationship breakdown.

If you have not watched this film you may want to stop reading here.

Odili is desperate and willing to do anything, and when I say anything I mean ANYTHING to acquire this money so that he can be the breadwinner again. This is where Stella played by Clarion comes in. Stella is in say her late 30’s and unmarried and is willing to go to any means necessary to catch herself a husband. Of course Clarion excels in the role as woman scarred by desperation. It is roles like this when she is in her element.

Odili approaches Stella to ask for a loan so that he can complete the deal with Chima. He has less than a week to get the money, so time is of the essence. We find out that Stella and Odili have a history. In fact Odili knew Stella before his wife, and they embarked on an on off romantic relationship over the years in which it appears that Odili used Stella for sex and money and was not interested in wedding her, which is apparent when he marries Joy, a new woman in his life.

Stella, bitter from being duped by Odili refuses to give him the money unless he gives her the thing she craves for the most – A commitment, which means marriage. Odili in his desperation agrees to this, as long as the marriage can be kept secret.

I thought her desperation was a bit far fetched, not so much in that she would go as far as bribing a man to marry her, but in that she would brag about bribing a man to her friends, after all would that not be embarrassing? When Stella tells a friend that she meets on the road about how she bribed Odili into marrying her, the friend is all praises and,

“gimme five giiiiiiiirl!”

As if, essentially paying somebody to marry you is the best thing in the world! Are some women really that desperate?

Is that the result of society stigmatising unmarried women out of their twenties?

And if indeed some women are that desperate would they really shout out their scheming plans from the rooftops as if it were something to be proud of?

One thing that stood out for me in the film was the use of the Lord’s name in vain. Chidi asks Odili where he got the money from and he concocts a fantasy story about an Old School friend returning from the United States, exclaiming,

“I knew God would do it for me!” in an attempt to obviously shut Chidi up, were he thinking of asking any further questions with regards to the acquisition of the money. I found it an absolutely ridiculous statement to make at the same time, considering that it was his ungodly, lies deceit and cheating that allowed him to get his hands on the money.

Genevieve Nnaji shows great versatility in this role and does a great job in portraying someone who is mentally ill following the curse put on her by Stella. Her paranoia and disassociation are ON POINT!

Emmanuel France too is great as the “Nutty Professor.” The scattered speech and gross delusions of grandeur are perfected to a T. I love that he invites Joy into his “mansion” which in actuality is a broke down hut with a dirt floor and filthy battered objects cluttering the place.

In this film it can be seen that the idea the mental illness is caused by possession by the devil or a Juju curse still pervades. The film reinforces this in that we see the start Joy’s insanity after Stella’s Juju ceremony. It would be nice for mental illness to be portrayed in a way where it is not characterised by evil spirits. In a way where you can not just wake up one morning, rub your eyes and become sane again because the one who cursed you died, as happens in this film.

Overall I enjoyed the film. I thought it explored themes that are very important for us to consider and explore in today’s society. The film was up tempo and kept you engrossed. The cast were excellent and played their roles very well. I also liked the fact that they kept it in one part, and still managed to fit in a well developed plot.

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  1. nicele eunice says:

    you are wow guys i like you

  2. pamelastitch says:

    I will love to see this movie.

  3. nollywoodforever says:

    Its an old one but very very good…

  4. Yes this was a very gooood movie. I lost my copy and have been looking for another one to buy. Better still Nolly can you mail me one copy since you are the champion of movies. LOL!

  5. nollywoodforever says:

    Mail who? HAHAHAHA!!! Its best you search well and you will find.

  6. I enjoyed this movie a great deal. I feel the same way about Mr Umez…he is just annoying beyond belief. I loved the Professor! What cracked me up the most was the fact that a woman who has been mentally ill for @ least 6 months had a perfect manicure…..that was too funny! All in all was a nice movie.

    • The professor was the biz-nis! I didn't notice the manicure… If I watch it again I'll have to look out for that.

  7. Loved it Loved it. But I would like to see Tony Umez in other roles. He's always the husband or the boyfriend thats under jazz or treated like dirt. He doesn't do a lot of other stuff some different roles would be good then we can tell just how good an actor he is. The same problem I had with Dakore Egbuson (Please don't get it twisted I her. I miss her by the way I wish she was still acting)She was excellent in whatever role she was given but the roles were always the girl in love from a rich background or the evil sister or friend from the rich background with the accent. She never played the village girl with the horrible clothing that sort of thing. Or something else it was always girl in or out of love tied or big girl on campus tied sorta thing.

    • When he is not playing a mumu… He is playing a wannabe bad boy from Amereeeeka… I don't know which is worse? yo u seen this grown ass man that looks over 40 wallowing in some baggy jeans and a fake american accent… Hell na. Yeah Dakore sure as hell was typecast but I still like her alot.

      • Ralphina says:


        @Bibi and Nolly…

        Please I don't want to die from laughter! I thought I was the only one who didn't like Tony Umez—the consistent mumu (lol)—in movies. The way he makes his eyes, eyebrows, and mouth is too much for me. It's annoying—all those facial contortions! There have been movies I have avoided watching just because of him. Tell me, don't actors have exercises in their acting classes about facial expressions etc. Was Tony Umez present on that day?

        This movie deserves the high rating, but only because there are key factors that make it great entertainment. Forget about Tony….I thought Clarion, Genevieve, and Professor were excellent! They did fantastic jobs on their roles. The story is a great one. I've heard of women who take such desperate measures just for a husband. Unfortunate, yet a reality. Plus, the way the director told this story was great.

        • Hmm it is not only you oooo. Apparently he is a nice guy. I don't doubt it but it still doesn't make him less annoying when watching him on screen! LOL I have over the years got MORE used to him but he will never be a favourite of mine.

          Clarion and Genevieve are some of my top actresses. They are simply superb. Even if the movie is rubbish overall you know there are bits that you will enjoy because they bring that magic to screen.

          • Your right about Clarion and Genevieve. They do bring that special something that makes even a bad movie tolerable.

            About Tony…well, enough said on that topic.

  8. lmho abt coment by Ralphina….=was he absent d day actors had facial…clases.lol nolly i no fit laff

  9. i really luv dis movie

  10. This is an interesting film:-):-):-)

  11. Good film

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