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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.

Broken Soul

Broken Soul

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Broken Soul

Director – Evans Orji

Starring:
Queen Nwokoye – Julia
Patience Ozokwor – Susan
Van Vicker – Chima
Chidimma Aneke – Mary
Chidiebere Aneke – Martha
Favour Aneke Ani – Angela
Ifeanyi Ikechukwu – Joshua
Abraham Madubuko – Nduka
Micheal Godson – Mike
Ruby Orjiakor – Oge
Chidikobi Micheal – Udoka
Pat Ede – Ify
Favour Eze – Angel
Tonia Obieze – Timi
Chukwudi Asogwa – Junior

Themes:
Childlessness
Sibling Rivalry
Infidelity
Death

My Rating – 57%

Mary and Martha are twin sisters that are so close that they vow to marry brothers to preserve this closeness. They end up marrying two brothers. Mary has a daughter with her husband and the other is not as fortunate having recently experienced two miscarriages. Mike’s untimely death becomes the root of problems between the sisters. With his brother dead and only bearing a female child and his wife seemingly unable to give him a child the main thing on his mind is continuing his family name and bearing a male son by any means necessary. He begins an affair with Mary. In a side story we see Julia’s issues with her husband and his family. The two stories interweave through a chance meeting between Julia and Martha in a hair salon.

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The story with Martha and Mary and the brothers that they married is more or less nonsensical. If Chima was in love with Mary the whole time and not his wife Martha then why didn’t he just get with her in the first place. This was not explained or looked at all. At first it is made out that Chima only wants to get with his brother’s wife so that he can have a child and then later the intent changes. The affair with Mary seems to come from nowhere. The way in which the twins fell out did not seem realistic. The escalation to one twin attempting to kill the other and the running away was too quick. It was as if that whole story line was improvised. Even the synopsis on the back did not correlate with the movie watched, so maybe it was being made up as filming went on.
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Julia and her husband have a tempestuous relationship with his family up in arms about the fact that he is taking care of “another man’s child.” The storyline with Julia, her husband and his family was the one that made the whole film worth watching. These were the funniest and most memorable scenes. At one point Julia and her husband’s sister (who is on the larger side) have and argument, Julia tells her,

“What is your problem you hippopotamus? Why can’t you stay in your house and stop disturbing me.”

The in law replies,

“You mosquito – you dare to come and rub shoulders with me in my own brother’s house?”

Another hilarious scene is where Julia and her husband are fighting and she calls him a “woman” with regards to his inability to produce children. It is the first time I have heard and infertile man referred to as a “woman” as opposed to women who are childless always being referred to as “men.”

In another scene we see Julia beat her husband for sex until he runs out of the room. She then tells us that she didn’t really want to sleep with his but just wanted the bed to herself and knew that by harassing him for sex he would run away!
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I would recommend this movie if only for the storyline involving Queen Nwokoye and Pat Ede. The film would have done well just cutting out the main storyline altogether and developing the side story. It would have made one helluva comedy. It was strange that the two stories were put together because they were not connected apart from Julia and Mary meeting in the hair salon. Queen and Pat were excellent as the bickering married couple. Chidimma and Chidibere too did a good job with the abysmal story they were working with. In one scene in particular Chidimma killed it! This was where Chima tells her character that her husband has died. Her expression of emotion is so real, convincing and powerfully moving. I am so glad they got Van Vicker and yellow brother. This is sooo much more realistic than putting him alongside Jim Iyke, This new guy is hot too. Both he and Van did ok nothing to rave about but nothing to complain about either.