Holding Hope


Holding Hope Nigerian Movie Review

Year of Release: 2012
Story – Uche Jombo, Emem Isong
Screenplay – Uduak Isong,  Uche Jombo,  Emem Isong
Director – Desmond Elliot
Producer – Emem Isong, Uche Jombo

Uche Jombo – Hope
Desmond Elliot – Olumide
Nadia Buari – Sabina
Abiola Segun Williams – Mama Olumide
Rukky Sanda – Chioma
Moyo Lawal – Uche
Ken Odurukwe – Mr Rotimi
Emeka Duru – Manager

Terminal illness
Emotional Abuse

NollywoodForever.Com Rating – 84%


Work shy party animal Olumide is employed as the managing director for his mother’s company, Da Costa holdings. His mother fears that he is following his reckless father’s footsteps and worries hugely about his future, as she knows that she is terminally ill and will not always be around to look after him. A charity benefit brings an ambitious young lady to Olumide’s mother’s attention. They build up a great rapport and after inviting her in for an interview she is made finance director. The company’s purse strings are tightened and lavish spenders Olumide and his calculating girlfriend Sabina start to resent the new finance director for questioning the way that they extravagantly blow the company’s money. Olumide concocts a plan to ensure that he has full control of his mother’s money that goes so horribly wrong.

Picture and Sound

I had a good feeling about this movie as soon as I started watching. I loved the way it started. The music alone encouraged me to keep watching, as it was upbeat and elements of drama with it starting in a club brawl were there immediately. The cinematography was excellent. Practically every frame seemed well planned out. The sound too was good for the most part, however at the beginning of the movie I noticed that sometimes the speech seemed off sync and not natural as if it were very obviously dubbed over.

There were some brilliant shots where the front was sharp and background blurred where the focus would then change to sharpen the background and blur the forefront. That was a very smooth and effective way to highlight what was important. I also noticed that some scenes had a black and white background with colour in the forefront and some all colour. I didn’t catch onto the significance of that although I am pretty sure there must have been some meaning behind it. Can someone help me out there?


I loved the mother’s character played by Abiola Segun Williams. She was the typical stern Yoruba mother but there was a comic element to her character. Nadia Buari was perfect as the vixen. Her sharp hairdo with the red lipstick just complimented her character nicely. Moyo Lawal was decent here. I actually had only seen her previously in a movie called Levels Don Change and was indifferent, so I was pleased to see her in a different and better, albeit small role. Desmond Elliot and Uche Jombo were on point, as always. Uche really played the gamut of emotions and took us as the viewer on her emotional roller coaster ride.


Tough Love

Olumide’s terminally ill mother simply wants to ensure that her father’s legacy stays on the business map. Hope is seen as the tough hand needed to keep her son in check when she is gone. Sometimes family members need to dish out tough love to the ones that they care for the most. We see that even after the mother’s death in the measures that she takes to protect her son.

Emotional Abuse

I loved this movie but looking at it realistically I found myself thinking, what is the moral of the story here? That a woman should remain loyal and dedicated through all types of abuse and cheating to prove themselves worthy? Not quite sure that I would want to put up with all the shit that she did. I would be PISSED about the situation especially when you factor in the fact that she never wanted to get with him in the first place. I also questioned why she didn’t just give him all the money and bounce in the beginning. Was she respecting his mother’s wishes.

Memorable Quotes

Mama tells Olumide,

“Sometimes when we cannot see the right path we need someone who loves us to nudge us in the right direction.”

Hope cousin is leaving the house and tells Olumide,

“I’m leaving”

To which he replies,

Sooooo, you want me to throw you a send off party?”

Nollywood Forever Says What?

When Olumide would not give Hope one of the numerous cars to drive, I was SAY WHATTING, this idiot guy you are complaining that you don’t want the chick to spend ya mama’s money but you won’t even let her drive any car and want her to use taxi and what money do you think her ass is using huh?

OMG the girl with the American accent in the car park was just dreadful. What did she win the role is some fan competition or something? SAY WHAT? She was just dreadful from start too finish. Thank heavens her scene only lasted a couple of minutes.

OMG what a fugg up at the end with that American accented doctor telling Olumide, “I just want to say congratulations.” SAY WHAT? The guy’s wife has just died and you are congratulating AND he has to ask what happened to his wife? Nonsense!!!


I would definitely recommend this movie. I was taken on an emotional roller coaster ride from feeling anger at the way that Olumide was treating his wife, to sadness for her and then happy when the relationship was back on track. I loved Uche and Desmond acting alongside each other. There is a nice easy comfortable chemistry that translates perfectly on screen. Thumbs Up! Duration 135 min


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  1. Gigi Chiny says:

    Yay!!! Nolly thanks a lot!!! iRokotv now has this movie.  I will try and watch it ASAP and then respond to your post.  Welcome back. 🙂

  2. Nollywood says:

    Hey Gigi thanks for coming by! I know you will like the movie.

  3. oluyemisib says:

    I watched this last night, and I enjoyed it, however, I felt like I missed something major as in, one minute he was treating her horribly and then next he decided he was in love with her. I didn’t expect them to make it super obvious but the transition was jarring and thus unbelievable to me. All in all though, it was a very good movie. 

    • Nollywood says:

       @oluyemisib I kind of see what you mean, but there was some transition. We started to see him feel badly when he would treat her badly, and the wondering why she was so good to him. The turning point was when she ran out of the house when he was on his way to work, to give him something he left behind. That day when he came back from work things changed completely. It was believable to me because I saw the transition.

  4. I loved the movie kudos to Nadia, Uche, EMem, Desmond, Moyo and the rest of the crew. I was teary eyed at the end and left with some good lessons learned.
    All the problems i had NollywoodForever has already touched on them except one. Please don’t bite my head off i’m a big big bigggg fan of Nollywood and these particular artists (Emem included) and am therefore not ‘hating’ but making an observation.
    I just think its a little bit misleading to put a trailer as far back as 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1J0sXp9cEE (BTW Thats how long i’ve waited to watch this movie. I can’t tell you how many people i showed the trailer or how many times i watched it myself in anticipation) that includes clips that suggest a partially different outcome in the movie from what was shown.
    For example there were scene’s in the trailer that showed Uche being Kidnapped by Nadia and shot. Scenes of Nadia being chased by a police car with a siren going off (which i thought was a big cliffhanger that i was looking forward too) and scenes with Uche having nose bleeds, hitting her head against the steering wheel while driving (There were 2 other scenes 1 with Desmond and Nadia making out on the desk in her black and white striped skirt and 2 Desmond and Uche on a couch and him unzipping the dress- In all fairness those 2 scenes may have been cut out for fear of being overtly sexual which is fair enough).
    My point is did anyone else notice this and isn’t there something kind of off about that. As far as i know its like false advertising of a product and then when you buy the product it doesn’t have all the qualities they said it would have. In this case i was curious too see what would lead to nadia to going to such extreme lengths to get rid of Uche and how would Desmond deal with that (his wife being kidnapped and killed).
    Now seeing as the film took a different route shouldn’t those trailers have been taking down and replaced with other edited ones to suit this particular storyline? And possibly an apology or statement to clarify any confusion. (Yes i am hoping that Emem and the others see this cos once before i brought up and issue and she was kind enough to reply and explain on this blog site, that movie was Reloaded this was before NollywoodForver revamped this site.) Thanks.

    • Thanks BIBI! You make some great points.

      I don’t remember actually ever seeing the original trailer, but since you have posted the link I definitely have to go and watch it to see what was removed. what you have described sounds alot more thrillingm and as much as I loved the movie I would not call it a thriller at all. I would assume that they did some test screenings and whatever extra storyline they had thrown in did not work… Hmmm I wonder. I too was waiting for years for this one, the same with Tango With Me and Ije which I still haven’t seen and have kind of given up hope in seeing!

  5. Your “nollywood say what” has some errors doesn’t it?
    The doctor said congratulations because the baby survived, not because the wife died and THEN desmond asks about his wife and he’s like oh sorry or blah
    but this is the first nigerian movie that has ever got me that emotional! it’s just soooo unfair that she has to die just as they were getting on and working out their marriage 🙁

  6. Loved, Loved, Loved the movie. I was actually crying at the end of the movie. It was beautiful to see that the husband realized that his wife was actually someone special, and decided to make his marriage work. I love when the husband refused to give in to the mistress. Men make mistakes sometimes, but it takes a real man to realize his mistake and try to correct it.

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