The Un-Fokables African Movie Review
Year Of Release – 2012
Story, Screenplay, Director – Tchidi Chikere
Producer – Azuka Odunukwe
Nkem Owoh – Boni
Artus Frank – Akaeze
Nuella Njubigbo – Erimma
Dan Nkokoagu – Nkpo
Duke Emmanuel – Uche
Isaac Otutu – Nwobi
Ego Nwaoji – Bridget
Esther Aji – Larissa
Beauty Nevo – Ene
NollywoodForever.Com Rating – 58%
Akaeze (Artus Frank) the Prince of Utonkon, Benue State is obsessed with Erimma (Nuella Njubigbo), the most beautiful woman in the community and wants to marry her. She however is not in the slightest bit interested in him, siting his filthy habits such as nose picking, spitting and incessant itching as the reasons why she would never agree to be his wife. Unperturbed Akaeze is determined and concocts a plan with his uncle to push Erimma’s father into being indebted to him so that he will have no choice but to offer up his daughter as a bride or go to prison. It remains to be seen if the plan will work.
Artus Frank really nailed the role. If he wasn’t on the tv I would have tried to punch him myself. The constant spitting and nose picking was really disgusting and irritating and I was simply a viewer. This was truly nostril raiding in its finest and most disgusting glory. Although he was good in acting out the part I felt that the movie would have been better cast with someone grotesque looking. He looked too decent to me. With his boyish good looks a lot of girls would have still been thrilled to capture his heart even with his nasty ways. Nkem Owoh was in his usual funny man role and bring the laughs he did. Nuella was wearing this stuck down weave canerow. It looked a hot ass mess. As for Nuella Njubigbo being cast as the finest in the whole community, hmmm I think that was a bit of a stretch, in fact a lot of a stretch.
The Grass is Greener
Nkem is taken in by city girls even though he has a loving wife at home that he takes for granted. The fun is short lived and soon the realisation that he is being used, after he has been robbed sets in. Of course it is then that he realises that the village woman who he insulted as being “bush” and smelling of farm is the best suited to him. She may not be glamorous but her heart is true. Even Nkem acknowledges this by telling her on his return from the city,
“Probably god did this thing to open my heart so that I can begin to see the value of what I have. I can begin to see the value in you.”
Marriage as an Arrangement
Erimma is forced into marrying Akaeze to spare her father from jail, however he disgusts her and she cannot bear to be touched by him. Why would a man want to be with a woman that can’t stand him and that he has to threaten her father with jail to be with? It is just crazy. It is as though he just wants the status of capturing the most beautiful woman in the community as his wife, rather than being with the reality of who Erimma is as a person.
Feminism & Gender Roles
Erimma rounds up the women of the village who are hard done by, by the men. These are the women whom no longer love their husband or who have been forced into marriage or sex. I see the movie as having ultimately two messages. The first being that you never know the relationship between a man and wife, and so therefore nobody should interfere with this and the second being that no matter how hard women try to be feminists there are innate gender roles that each sex will fit into. We see two men trying to cook and failing miserably, then in another we see a man trying to cook and look after his child and being frustrated. We are shown that each needs the other to survive and that the shortcomings are all part of a relationship. I agree with this to some extent, but feel that the movie glossed over and made light of the fact that some women are really abused and it just is not acceptable.
Despite the stupid ass nonsensical title (Can someone please explain that to me) the movie is worth watching. There were some really funny parts involving Nkem Owoh’s character. The movie also had a serious message, however I felt that Artus and Nuella were badly cast and towards the end the plot began to fall apart a little. Nevertheless I’d recommend it.