Wilfred Okiche

Critic

Nigeria

Wilfred Okiche is a movie buff and music head.

The Royal Hibiscus Hotel

Date: 20 Jan 2018 Category: TV/Film
6.0 Rating
Let us just get it out of the way. The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, the latest project from EbonyLife films is a romantic comedy. It isn’t deep, does not grapple with major life issues and has no pretensions to paying service to anything serious beyond securing a happily-ever-after ending for its lead character, Ope Adeniyi. Better if she is played by the eternally appealing Zainab Balogun. But there is the argument that romantic love is one of ...

Esohe

Date: 19 Jan 2018 Category: TV/Film
5.0 Rating
Nigerian immigrant, Gary Barbar (Jimmy Jean-Louis) isn’t doing badly living and working in the United States of America. He has a decent job as a teacher, shaping the minds of young ones. His American girlfriend, Claire (Misty Lockheart) is generally supportive and he may be in line for a promotion soon. But Gary suffers these strange episodes where he blanks out and is transported to another life, sometime in Benin Empire of old. These visi ...

The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai

Date: 15 Dec 2017 Category: TV/Film
6.0 Rating
When the trailer for The Wedding Party landed in 2016, there were fears that the trailer, a glamorous, 3 minutes long mashup of popular faces and familiar romantic comedy tropes, was at risk of giving the entire plot away. Director Kemi Adetiba begged to differ and promised a refreshing experience. Turns out she was right. To an extent. The Wedding Party swam in clichés but the plot however thinly layered, was not as straightforward as what t ...

A Hotel Called Memory

Date: 29 Sep 2017 Category: TV/Film
9.0 Rating
When a woman announces to her husband, via text message, that she wants a divorce, and insists on retaining custody of their son, what does she do next? Jet off to Cape Town, South Africa, and into the arms of a lover, after trusting her son with the safety of a friend? Repair to the Zanzibar coast to lick her wounds while embracing the hedonistic night life and fending off her husband’s sober entreaties at the same time? Depending on how on ...

For You

Date: 12 Mar 2017 Category: Music
9.0 Rating
We may not see it now but Cobhams Asuquo is for all intents and purposes, a national treasure. At thirty-six years of age and visually impaired, Asuquo has been responsible for some of the biggest and most durable pop records of the past decade. To get a measure of his impact, try imagining a stark dystopian universe where the musical landscape is a wasteland and Asa’s classic eponymous debut did not exist. Instead of anthems like Great Nati ...

Roti

Date: 05 May 2017 Category: TV/Film
5.0 Rating
The second of director Kunle Afolayan’s three picture deal with Africa Magic, (Omugwo was released in May and The Tribunal follows later in the year,) Roti is a psychological drama that goes to much deeper places than the regular Africa Magic fare. But don’t get excited much, the subpar execution ensures Roti remains squarely in Africa Magic territory. Dealing with such weighty themes as loss, love, mental illness and reincarnation, Roti i ...

Alter Ego

Date: 21 Jul 2017 Category: TV/Film
6.0 Rating
In Alter Ego, the sexy new drama thriller from Moses Inwang, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde plays Ada Igwe (they couldn’t come up with a better name?), a high profile lawyer who runs a thriving law firm that sub-specializes in securing justice for child victims of domestic and sexual abuse. These victims are naturally, almost always female, and are most definitely shamed into silence. By the perpetrators sure, but also by their loved ones and wider ...

Banana Island Ghost

Date: 04 Aug 2017 Category: TV/Film
7.0 Rating
As far as Nollywood is concerned, comedy is in right now. No other genre is even close to being as lucrative. 2017 has brought Isoken, 10 Days in Sun City and Alakada Reloaded, all attempting to continue where the duo of record setters, The Wedding Party and A Trip to Jamaica left. Add to this list, My Wife and I opening later in the month. Who says comedy doesn’t pay? The producers of Banana Island Ghost are looking to cash in on this ...

Potato Potahto

Date: 24 May 2017 Category: TV/Film
6.0 Rating
Towards the end of Potato Potahto, the cantankerous lead couple are arguing back and forth. They clearly cannot stand each other, but they also cannot let go. They yell, threaten, one tries to hit the other, doesn’t succeed, they yell some more, and then they kiss. This scene sums up the plot of Potato Potahto. And it reflects some of the bigger problems between men and women in the film industry. The 38th edition of the Durban Internatio ...

Inxeba (The Wound)

Date: 14 Jul 2017 Category: TV/Film
8.0 Rating
South Africa’s Inxeba takes a stark, unflinching look at black African masculinity by taking a taboo subject in our societies – same-sex love – and situating it in an even more hushed setting, Xhosa initiation from boyhood to manhood. It could all go very wrong, but Inxeba is very tastefully done, respectful towards the culture it depicts but revealing enough to draw viewers into a previously forbidden world with the utmost sensitivity. ...