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Ayo Makun returns as Akpos in 10 Days in Sun City but not even a cast of some of Nigeria's finest actors and musicians, and hit songs could make this a great movie.

A major cosmetics company sponsors a beauty pageant and Bianca (Adesua Etomi – The Wedding Party) emerges winner. She’s offered a 10 day trip to Sun City to promote the company’s products. On Akpor’s (Ayo Makun), her manager/boyfriend prodding, she asks to go with him to Sun City.

The CEO of said cosmetics company, played by Richard Mofe Damijo, has other plans for her. At first he tried to pay her boyfriend/manager Akpos to abandon her in Sun City. When that plot fails, he decides to kidnap her and eliminate Akpos. Akpos teams up with a South African martial arts expert, who also lost his girl to “Otunba”, to rescue the love of his life, Bianca, so they could be together and live happily ever after.

The premise is far-fetched even for an action comedy. The head of a major cosmetics company would kidnap a woman, marry her against her will and then what? In this age of Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and countless other social networks it is improbable. And he tries to kill her boyfriend to in order to do what exactly? Win her hand?

10 Days in Sun City played out just as I had feared. The opening scenes with Mercy Johnson and Falz The Bahd Guy are quite funny. When it moves to Sun City, it becomes cl ...

Ayo Makun returns as Akpos in 10 Days in Sun City but not even a cast of some of Nigeria’s finest actors and musicians, and hit songs could make this a great movie.

A major cosmetics company sponsors a beauty pageant and Bianca (Adesua Etomi – The Wedding Party) emerges winner. She’s offered a 10 day trip to Sun City to promote the company’s products. On Akpor’s (Ayo Makun), her manager/boyfriend prodding, she asks to go with him to Sun City.

The CEO of said cosmetics company, played by Richard Mofe Damijo, has other plans for her. At first he tried to pay her boyfriend/manager Akpos to abandon her in Sun City. When that plot fails, he decides to kidnap her and eliminate Akpos. Akpos teams up with a South African martial arts expert, who also lost his girl to “Otunba”, to rescue the love of his life, Bianca, so they could be together and live happily ever after.

The premise is far-fetched even for an action comedy. The head of a major cosmetics company would kidnap a woman, marry her against her will and then what? In this age of Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and countless other social networks it is improbable. And he tries to kill her boyfriend to in order to do what exactly? Win her hand?

10 Days in Sun City played out just as I had feared. The opening scenes with Mercy Johnson and Falz The Bahd Guy are quite funny. When it moves to Sun City, it becomes cliché ridden and tedious. The implausible plot did not do 10 Days in Sun City any favours.

The story is not an improvement on Ayo Makun’s script for A Trip To Jamaica, you can read Onyinye Okwu’s review here. She gave the movie low marks for lack of originality.

Kehinde Ogunlana’s script does not bring anything new to the table. It is the same tired old Akpos jokes and I must say they have become rather unfunny and sort of annoying. When you first hear AY shout Warri! Warri!, you go “O dear, not again.”

Ayo Makun is a rare, creative talent. I can understand his reluctance to change the character and formula that has worked so well in the past. Yet, if the character must have a future then changes must be made.

Ironically, the funniest parts of 10 Days in Sun City happened in Nigeria. Mercy Johnson-Okojie puts up a stellar performance as Monica the Lagos prostitute. Falz The Bad Guy was desperately funny as Akpos’s old buddy from school.

Truth be told, this is not great acting by Adesua Etomi. One could argue that the script did not give her much to work with.

Richard Mofe Damijo’s performance is impeccable as always. He plays the character with rare precision. Sadly, not even his star power can make 10 Days in Sun City shine.

In the closing stages, 10 Days in Sun City felt more like a crime thriller (a very convoluted one) than a comedy. Certainly, the acting and directing could have been better. I feel the stellar cast was wasted. A little more character development and we would have a better movie in our hands.

In all, 10 Days in Sun City is not as bad as A Trip To Jamaica but it is not good either. The same old jokes about Warri just leave you wearied and restless. That decision not to change the formula or add anything new to the main character could be the undoing of the next installment.

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