Ayamma, the latest from Emem Isong-Misodi and her Royal Arts Academy is a movie musical with the plot revolving around Prince Daraima, the groovy heir to the throne of an Ibibio kingdom blessed with grassy plains, docile citizens and a fair (skinned) maiden Ihuoma (Adesua Etomi) who always has a song brewing in her heart, bursting forth and letting loose at a moment’s notice.
Daraima is betrothed to Ama (Theresa Edem), a princess from a neighbouring village with a habit of using her feminine wiles to get her way and the young couple is all but set to seal the union. On one of his routine communes with nature, Daraima is entranced by Ihuoma’s voice and is determined to seek out this maiden who has succeeded in gladdening his heart so.
At this point it is important to state that in order to enjoy Ayamma appropriately, it is important to suspend belief, not take the script (credited to Vivian Chiji) seriously and abandon any expectations of logical processes. According to the story, Ihuoma’s voice is supposed to be the factor that makes Daraima nearly abandon his sense of responsibility but it must be her beauty that does the trick instead as the music and sound of Ayamma is easily the film’s weakest department.
The songs are mediocre, pseudo-traditional fare that may well be catchy, but are dubbed so egregiously on top of the actors’ performances that anytime Ihuoma or ... Read Full Review