The Enemy I See

The Enemy I See Nigerian Movie Review

Date Of Release: 2012
Story – Uche Nancy
Screenplay, Director – Okey Zubelo Okoh
Producers – Sunday Chibuzor Eriobu, Uche Nancy

Starring:
Patience Ozokwor – Bridget
Mercy Johnson – Erica
Yul Edochie – Enochi
Eve Esin – Tonia
Chinyere Wilfred – Ejugo
Halima Abubakar – Charity
Walter Anga – Richard
Princess Ifunanya Igwe – Calista
David Onome Ogbeni – David
Prince Iyke Ugbe – Emma
Augustine Osadebe Chika – Benson
Ejine Orokoafor – Mberi
Geraldine Obi – Ujunwa

Themes:
Jealousy
Social Class
Family Pressure
Childlessness

NollywoodForever.Com Rating – 47%
The Enemy I See

Synopsis:

Mama (Patience Ozokwor) has arrived back in the village from America after visiting her daughter and puts on airs and graces as though she has been out of the country for decades rather than one year. On her return she does not contact her best friend or eldest daughter which leaves them resentful. Her friend Chinyere is envious of how she now parades around the village and despite smiling and joking with her spreads rumours around the village about how she is too proud of herself. She also starts putting pressure on her young daughters to find men to settle down with so she too can reap the benefits as Bridget has from her son in law.
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Jealousy/Envy

When Bridget walks around in the village in her jeans the other woman in their traditional wear mock her and ask her if she is going to do manual labour. We see Chinyere constantly hanging around her despite being envious and speaking badly about her behind her back. We see other women in the village plan on ways to “cut her down to size.” What is their business?

Social Class

Bridget showers attention upon the daughters whose husbands have money or live abroad. The daughter that lives humbly in Nigeria is simply ignored and not afforded the same attention as the others. In this we can see the importance of social class even within family structures.

Family Pressure

Chinyere is putting pressure on her daughters to get up with rich men who live abroad just so she can feel proud in front of other woman in the village. It is as though her self worth depends on it. She goes as far as too hook up her daughter to be one of the aso ebi’s at the friends daughter’s wedding for the sole reason to make sure that one of the groom to be’s friends from London may catch interest in her daughter, despite her daughter not wanting to attend because the bride to be in not her friend.

Childlessness

Mama G is harasses her son with regards to the fact that his wife has not borne any children. As usual it is blamed on the woman and she keeps asking her son hat is wrong with his wife. Why not ask him what is wrong with him. Is a woman the only one responsible for making a baby?
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Conclusion:

A pretty top notch cast pretty much wasted in my opinion. The story was one we have seen a million times before without any new twist. Nevertheless with such a cast, even with an unoriginal story line such as this could have been amazing. It just needed right execution. Something was missing. The story wasn’t wholly a serious one but then it wasn’t funny at all, so it missed a trick there. Unfortunately it was not amazing. It was simply alright. I’d say watch if bored. Movie doesn’t end at part 2 but I wouldn’t seek out the rest. Not interesting enough. *YAWN*

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