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The Power Of Her Majesty

The Power Of Her Majesty

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The Power of Her Majesty ~ 2009
Story – Felix Onu
Screenplay – Helen Ojukwu
Director – Evans Orji Kalu
Producer – Felix Onu

Starring:
Eucharia Anunobi – Igwe Nneomma
Chiege Alisgwe – Ugbomma
Chiwetalu Agu – Ikenna
Stan K Amadi – Okoro
Ikem Chude – Uzo
Uche Ogbodo – Akwugo
Paul Udensi – Chief/ Priest
Abraham Nwodu – Okoh
Charles Murphy – Nwokedi
Precious Kalu –
Nancy Kalu – Akwugo’s Mother
Nweze O Collins – Adindu
Helen Ojukwu – Orienma
Nwosu Chidinma – Little Nneoma
Esther Uyanna – Ogemma
Udoh Ogbonna – Akwugo’s Father
Ebele Akosa – Adanne

Themes:
Gender Roles
Tradition
Royalty
Village Life
Polyandry

My Rating – 60%

In this village tradition dictates that men stay as home, clean and cook while women tap wine, pay a groom price and carry out libations to the Gods. The men are not happy and want amendments to the traditions as they feel hard done by and know that things are not the same in other villages. There is a fear about fighting back as not only do they have the fearsome queen, Igwe Nneomma to contend with but also the wrath of the Gods. Will the men ever get what they want?

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Igwe Nneomma has 3 “wives.” In my opinion they should have just called them husbands. They are men after all. The movie kind of reminded me of the John Travolta film – White Man’s Burden. Neither movie is a masterpiece but contained within each movie is a very strong message about the absurdity of prejudice. Sometimes it takes for people to see themselves in a disadvantaged role (men in this case) for realisation of personal prejudices to occur.

This is the first movie I have seen involving Polyamory, which is a woman with multiple husbands as opposed to polygamy which is a man married to multiple wives. Polygamy in Nigerian movies is a very much common theme and I guess that is because it is very much something that is present in Nigerian culture, whereas Polyandry is unheard of.
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Gender Roles

I thought that it was a very nice attempt at challenging traditional gender roles by reversing them. It was an interesting concept that I’ve not come across before. I give major kudos to Felix Onu for the storyline. The movie is certainly thought provoking, however I would have found the conveyance of the message even more effective if it wasn’t so overdone, and by that I mean there should have been some adaptations to allow for the differences between men and women, as opposed to calling the men wives and Igwe Nneomma being so sexually aggressive, after all even if women were to become the more dominant sex, the testosterone/oestrogen in their bodies would remain the same.

In one scene the queen declares,

“I need a female child to succeed me,”

Wow! You never hear in a movie of a female child being desired. If you ever did hear it, it would only be because a woman has already had a ton of male children; that being said I have never even seen that scenario. In this statement we realise how devalued females are in Nigerian culture and the wider world society at large.

In another scene Igwe Nneomma demands for one of her husbands to, “come and ravish her.” In the meantime her other two husbands argue with her that it is their turn to sleep with her. It is funny because I am so used to seeing wives argue over a husband in Nollywood while the husband just seems to enjoy the bickering and in this movie we see a woman get to do the same.

In another scene we see the issue of childlessness/infertility come up. It has become so much the norm for a woman to get the blame for being able to produce children despite the fact that both a man and woman are needed for the task. In one scene a woman tells her husband,

“Ever since I have married you, you have refused to give me children… go back to your parents house. Wizard.”

This movie may make some men realise how pathetic their treatment of women is when they blame them for something like not producing babies which needs two people to be able to do effectively. It is a movie that will bring about self reflection because it can be seen just how easily the blame could be apportioned to the man as opposed to the woman.

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Uche Ogbodo’s tattoos kind of ruined it for me. The movie is set in the village and not in modern times so they should have covered up the tats.

Eucharia Anunobi was a perfect choice for the role of Her Majesty. She had the ideal demeanour, carriage and powerful presence needed that you would imagine would invoke both fear and reverence among men.

There were three minor female characters that played their roles excellently, their characters in the movie were Akunna, Udoka and another one whose name was not mentioned, but they were not credited. I was impressed and it certainly is nice to see careful casting even in minor roles as very often little attention is played to these roles, but attention to the finer details like this that can elevate a movie.
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I’d recommend the movie. I liked the village setting and it was a good effort at bringing life to an original concept, however there was some of it that I found simply boring or not thought about carefully enough. It was a bit slow in terms of being able to keep my attention, particularly towards the end of the movie where we see Chiege endlessly running through fields and singing like it was Bollywood *CRINGE* I felt like that was sheer self promotion because she is trying to get in the music arena, but that aside it was an interesting and thought provoking watch.

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Pains of Love

Pains of Love

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Pains of Love

Story – Ikenna Ezeugwu
Screenplay/ Director – Tchidi Chikere

Staring:
Fabian Adibe – Aaron
Franca Brown – Jemima
Chiege Alisigwe – Chinwedu
Emeka Ike – Fred
Ifeoma Anyiam – Amara
Chinwe Owoh – Grace
Cynthia Okereke – Adaego
Jude Oteka – Oliver

Themes Explored:
Polygamy
Step Families
Love

My Rating: 65%

After their mother dies Chinwedu and Oliver are left at the mercy of their father’s second wife who takes great joy in mistreating them. Chinwedu’s only solace is her boyfriend Fred who she regularly confides in.

On one occasion Chinwedu’s stepmother overhears her husband agreeing with Fred to marry Chinwedu. She is outraged that Chinwedu should be married before her daughter, less anyone think that he daughter inferior and so sets out to ruin Love’s young dream. She does this by sending her daughter to go and seduce Fred and so the drama begins.

I would recommend this, particularly if you are into village movies. Nothing out of the ordinary, nevertheless a nicely told village movie from Tchidi. The lesson that can be taken from this one is that Love conquers all!

Take Me Home

Take Me Home

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Take Me Home

Director – Emeka Jonathan

Story/ Screenplay – Theodore Anyanji & George Ifediba

 

 

Starring:

Clem Ohameze – Jide

Chiege Alisigwe – Sylvia

Desmond Elliot – Emeka

Mercy Johnson – Loveth

Tonia Nwosu – Tessy

Ndidi Obi – Jessica

Joyce Kalu – Roseline

Linda Ojere – Salome

Henry Opara – Benson

Gab Liberty – Mark

 

Themes Explored:

Infidelity

Betrayal

Deceit

Religion

Karma

 

My Rating 80%

 

 

Great interwoven tales about cheating, betrayal, deceit and manipulation.

 

Mercy plays Loveth, a wayward wife that cheats while her husband is out of the country on business. Chiege plays Sylvia a repeat husband snatcher, while Henry Opara plays Benson, someone who appears to be and upstanding member of the church but who in fact has a plot which is less than ethical. He seduces another member of the congregation, who is an “old cargo” desperate for marriage. He promises her a life partnership, but in fact plans to bleed her dry financially without ever actually making it up the altar.

 

 

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Religion plays a role in this film in that all the waywardness and cheating that takes place is blamed on the devil. (I personally am sick of “the devil” being brought into everything, but nevertheless it most likely valid as a reflection on how deeply entrenched in religion (Christianity/ Islam) is in Nigerian society)

 

The pastor in the film has a revelation that both sisters Loveth and Tessy her sister who is being scammed (and impregnated and dumped) by a church member are being held in bondage by the devil hence their gross misfortune. It is discovered that their late cultist father made a covenant with the devil offering up his daughters as collateral.

 

Of course the pastor excises their demons, but then the shock… Wait for it! He tells the Tessy that,

 

“God has given me to you as my wife.”

 

As a man of God has said that his desire to marry her is ordered by god himself Tessy does not even question his claim or resist. I find this idea of not questioning anything once “God” is mentioned very disturbing and dangerous, especially with those who may have ulterior motives. Nevertheless Tessy becomes the pastor’s wife and in a sense it is fitting because she gets the virtuous husband that she dreamed of, and deserves considering what she went through.

 

The other characters in the film get what is coming to them and this film shows us that Karma is real. What goes around surely does come around! I would definitely recommend this film. It is entertaining and Mercy Johnson does a great job as Loveth. She totally immerses herself into the character and becomes that conniving, manipulative and wayward wife.

The King and I

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The King and I (An Amaco Production)

 

 

Story by Gabriel Moses

Screenplay and Direction by Ifeanyi Azodo

 

Chiege Alisigwe – Princess

Mike Ezuruonye – Tony

Ngozi Ezeonu – Queen

Enebeli Elebuwa – King

Emeka Ike – Martins

Festus Aguebor – Governor

Zulu Adigwe – Zelu

Cynthia Okereke – Martins’ mum

Udoma Francis – Martins’ Dad

Lillian Onu – Oluchi

 

My Rating: 60%

 

Themes Explored

Drug Abuse

Arranged Marriage

Social Class and Status

 

Same old story about an arranged marriage. Nevertheless it is nicely told and the production is good.

 

Chiege plays a princess, the only daughter to the King of Agabi Kingdom. Emeka Ike is Martins, a medical doctor from a poor background that Princess had a crush on in school. Mike E plays Tony the arrogant son of “The Governor,” who the Princess’ parents have betrothed her to.

 

Chiege comes back from London only to find out that her parents want her married to solidify their relationship with the Governors family. Chiege busts in with an American accent despite us being told that she has just come from a long stay in Jand… Wetin be dis now?

 

The other discrepancy that I found quite noticeable in the film was the difference between the Junior Chiege and the Senior Chiege. The actress that was her junior was waaaaaaaaay waaaay darker than Chiege. They should have used someone else just to add to the creditability factor.

 

Funny Quotes:

Princess says to her mother to avoid having an escort around the village,

 

“I have studied in London, there is nothing I’ve not seen.”

 

Really my dear! Like what? LOL that made me laugh.

 

Another funny scene is where Princess goes to see Martins at the hospital after he has been beaten black and blue by thugs. He is laying there face pressed in profound pain and she says to him,

 

“You don’t look happy. Why?”

 

Can you imagine? If I was him I would have thrown something at her… Nonsense!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Treatment of Drug Abuse

 

We see Tony the Governor’s son snorting coke. He sits with his thugs around the table and it is a white powder free for all snort up. All of them are sitting there with white powder spread across both nostrils. It was a bit over the top and looked fake. This scene is almost an insult to the viewer as we do not need to see a nose with white all over the external of it to know cocaine has been taken!!!

 

 

 

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The story ends happily with the family uniting after Martins performs life saving surgery on the King. By the end of the film Martins is running a hospital despite the obstacles placed before him. Both family’s are together to bless the union of Martins and Princess when the news comes on and we see that Tony has been arrested for some drug offence. This film teaches us that you should never judge someone for what they are today as you do not know what tomorrow holds. It also teaches us to be compassionate no matter a person’s situation or family background. The very person that the king fought so hard to bring down was the same person that saved his life.

 

 

 

One Dollar

ONE DOLLAR ($1)

An Ifeanyi Azodo Screenplay

Directed by Gabriel Moses

 

Starring:

Patience Ozokwor – Mama Nneka

Victor Osuagwu – Papa Nneka

Chiege Alisigwe – Nneka

Bob Manuel Udokwu – Pat

Jim Iyke – Ike

Big Fredo – Chief Achebe

Okwudili Oguegbu – Calistas

Oge Okoye – Isioma

Chinwe Okigbo – Chika

Ify Obidike – Chioma

Larry Koldsweat – Mike

 

THEMES EXPLORED IN THE FILM

Mental Illness

Status and Class

America as the Promised Land

Family Pressure

 

 

MY RATING – 95% 

 

 

From the title of the film alone you know that this film is going to have something to do with the US of A, but quite what is not immediately apparent from just looking on the film cover.

 

Nneka lives with her mother and father, and is been put through school by her fiancé whom she plans to marry very soon. Her parents really like him as he has put their daughter through school as well as looked after the family financially in other ways.

 

One day a man, called Chief Achebe comes to Nneka’s compound and approaches her parents. He has a son that wants to marry their daughter. He shows them a picture and they do not seem impressed. They quickly tell him that it is not possible as their daughter is betrothed to another. Chief Achebe is dassappointed, and mentions that his son is an engineer in America. The turn around is instant. Mama and Papa Nneka exclaim in disbelief,

 

“Amer-EEE-Ka!”

 

All of a sudden Pat, Nneka’s fiancé is forgotten and they promise their daughter to the chief. It seems that Nneka does love Pat, so they now have the task on their hand in persuading their daughter to marrying the chief’s son.

 

America is so romanticised that as soon as even the word America is mentioned, the attitudes of people in the presence of the word, as well as the music in the film changes.

Family pressure and guilt is put upon Nneka. It is put to her as if to marry the man in America will be beneficial for ALL the family and for her not to go ahead with it will be an act of selfishness.

 

Her mother tells her,

 

“Your father and I have really suffered.”

 

They act as though she is selfish, when mama Nneka in particular is the selfish one,

 

“This is the only opportunity I have to go to America.”

 

She is also concerned with keeping up with her peers,

 

“Look how mrs ______ life has changed since her daughter married an American… She is not the same again.”

 

Her father even uses “God” to try and show why his daughter should marry the American as opposed to Pat,

 

“I’m telling you America is God’s kingdom on Earth.”

 

There are many references in the film of America as a “heaven.”

 

There is not only pressure from her family but from her friends too. She is warned by her friend who is played by Oge Okoye,

 

Dollar rules the world baby girl, and you are still thinking… Dollar is everything, don’t forget that.”

 

There is never any mention of her emotional needs but rather the focus is solely upon her material needs and the desire for showing off.

 

In Chief Achebe’s camp we see him giving a man 50,000 Naira to change in dollars. He tells the man to put the money inside a,

 

“foreign envelope”

 

This isn’t the only way he attempts trickery upon Nneka’s family. He also sends her parents a package containing “American clothes,” which in actuality are second hand garments which have been laundered and sprayed with perfume.

 

It is hilarious when he hands them the package and they sniff the clothes exclaiming,

 

“The smell of America!”

 

 

 

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

 

 

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After much persuasion from family and friends Nneka’s position sways. She begins snubbing Pat, becoming insufferable towards him, and plans are put in motion for Nneka to marry the American. A family member stands in for him at the ceremony so Nneka is married without ever meeting her husband.

 

When we finally meet The American, Ike played by Jim Iyke we find out why the Chief was so keen to marry him off and to keep the couple apart until after the wedding.

 

On our introduction to Jim Iyke we see him playing the stereotypical crass American loudmouth wannabe rapper (What a surprise!). He is screaming like a lunatic,

 

“I’m getting motherfuckin married yo.”

 

His mental health issue becomes quickly apparent. His mama asks Chief,

 

“Has he taken his drugs?”

 

It turns out that without his drugs Ike is uncontrollable and psychotic. The film ends with Ike shooting papa Nneka in the ass amidst a rambling tirade. As Papa Nneka is writhing on the floor in pain he shrieks out,

 

“Amereeeeeeeeeeeeeka!”

 

It is as if he is in disbelief that someone that has committed such an awful act against him could be associated with the “heaven” called America. The film serves as a warning not to idealise something that you know little about as the reality may surprise you and literally, or more likely metaphorically shoot you in the ass!

 

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the film. The only downside was the rushed ending. It was hilarious in parts and highlighted the fact that many things in America are the same as in Nigeria, like the second hand clothes that Nneka’s parents treasured and the money that was changed from Naira to dollars only to be changed back to Naira again in order to be used. It shows that the grass is not always greener. Is sanity not more important than money?

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