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(+SYNOPSIS) MOVIE REVIEW: YOUR EXCELLENCY “WHAT DID YOU SCORE THIS MOVIE?” HERE IS MINE..

(+SYNOPSIS) MOVIE REVIEW: YOUR EXCELLENCY “WHAT DID YOU SCORE THIS MOVIE?” HERE IS MINE..

I found myself watching this movie again when I just intended writing out only the names of the cast and crew…

Again, I found myself, watching the movie “again” when I just intended taking pictures of some selected scenes…

Again I found myself watching this movie because I love the movie “Your Excellency!

“Your Excellency” is one movie I can’t just love the less! I love the screenplay; kudos to the brain behind that. Although, I might fault the scriptwriter for using day scenes only in this movie. I can’t categorically point out any night scene in the movie; which doesn’t show professionalism for a movie that lasted for about 2 hours. While scripting a movie, there must be day and night scenes. And if there was any night scene; I am sure it was inconspicuous, perhaps there was no meaningful activity to accompany the night scene. But if you have a contrary opinion; kindly let us know via the comment box.

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Also, the way the movie was shot; it was quite hard to tell the number of days, weeks, months, or years that had passed after a particular scene. For instance, there was a particular scene we saw Candy (Acted by Osas Ighodaro) with a flat tummy as she announced her pregnancy result to her husband Kachy (Acted by Alex Ekubo); one or two scenes after, her tummy already became big. I don’t have an issue with that, except the fact that it looked like it was 6 months after for only Kachy and Candy, while it was 1 day after for other characters. How na? In essence; the activities for other characters became static while for Kachy and his Candy, it was not.

Moving on, I love the dialogues employed in the production of the movie. Kudos to the scriptwriter! The dialogues are witty, interesting, catchy, and informative. Most of the dialogues and expressions are mimicry; a replicate of someone’s appearance or words, usually someone famous in the society. For instance, the actors mimicked the words of the current president of Nigeria, Mohammed Buhari, when he said “Nigerians have lazy youths”. View this in the @ the 7 minutes 40 seconds of the movie; the scene where the two presidential aspirants- Lekan Ajadi (Acted by Akin Lewis) and Michael Idehen (Acted by Deyemi Okanlawon) met at a television station for an interview with Eki (Acted by Eku Edewor) on her show, “Eki Talks”

Also, Kachy (Acted by Alex Ekubo) mimicked Bobbrisky’s “Who’s your bro” at the 35 minutes 40 seconds of the movie…

Also Lekan Ajadi (Acted by Akin Lewis) mimicked America’s president- Donald Trump’s facial expression properly. He also mimicked Rochas Okorocha of Imo State who set up an office for the “Ministry of happiness.”

Infact, mo (I) love all the facial expressions of the actors

While applauding the person behind the screenplay; I must also applaud the actors who delivered their dialogues flawlessly. Honestly, without their smooth delivery of the script; the effort of the scriptwriter would not have been obvious; it would have been hidden.

Whew! I can go on and on about the movie; but first; let us talk about what the movie “Your Excellency” is all about

ABOUT THE MOVIE “YOUR EXCELLENCY”

The movie “Your Excellency” tells the story of a business mogul- Lekan Ajadi (Acted by Akin Lewis) who wanted to rule his country. Lekan was so wealthy; call him a trillionaire. Lekan wanted to become the president of his country. Lakan had the interest of his country at heart and wanted to give the people the “desired” change they yearned for, and make the nation great again. However, despite the huge money he had, he always failed in elections. But that did not deter Lekan; he did not back down after failing three times. He did not back down even though he was constantly mocked. People referred to him as “the filling the gap” presidential aspirant who would never win. Even before any election result was announced; they already scored Lekan unsuccessful.

However, Lekan believed in himself when no one believed in him. Even, his wives- Laide Ajadi (Acted by Shaffy Bello) and Kemi Ajadi (Acted by Funke Akindele) gave up on him. (I however have an issue with the scriptwriter making the end of the film seem like it was only the first wife- Laide Ajadi that did not believe in him. The second wife too- Kemi Ajadi did not believe in Lekan. In fact, Kemi mocked Lekan and insulted him at his back.) So, the two wives doubted him, but when they saw his seriousness and saw that he was already a frontline candidate, they started supporting him. His partner and vice presidential aspirant Fred (Acted by Seyi Law – Aletile Lawrence) also doubted him. View his sarcastic reply to Lekan winning the election @ 6 minutes 46 seconds of the movie.

Lekan was a lost hope when it comes to winning the election. People tagged him as a politician that was contesting for fun.

However, Lekan’s fourth attempt in the presidential election saw a lot of spirit, fire, zeal in him; more so, he created a dance step in his name “The Ajadi dance” with the song of a musician- Kachy (Acted by Akex Ekubo) that had almost given up on his music career.

Lekan Ajadi left the Republic Party of Nigeria (RPN), a party he co-founded, and joined another political party- Democratic Action Congress (DAC) led by Mallam Ali (Acted by Kunle Coker). Ironically, the people in his party tried their possible best to make him lose the election via the campaign handler- John Newsman (Acted by Ikechukwu Onunaku). DAC wanted to bring Lekan down and make him fail again, but their evil plan helped him to win the election instead. He emerged the winner. He defeated Madam Echejile (Acted by Chigul) of the New Nigeria Party (NNP) and Michael Idehen also regarded as grammarian (Acted by Deyemi Okanlawon)

Find out more about this intriguing movie here…

THE FULL REVIEW

I must say again, that I love this movie. It’s not only entertaining but informative and educative. It throws light on what is happening in today’s political world; the maneuvers, manipulations, the gimmicks; just say the good, bad and ugly in politics. It throws more light on presidential aspirants stand with their wives, children, and entire family members during that time. Honestly, I got to know a whole lot more about politics. I got to know that political parties choose the running mate for presidential aspirant like they did for Lekan Ajadi, and that, they also have a large say in the aspirant’s decision, till he or she enters the office.

I think all politicians should watch this movie. Lekan had all the qualities of a true leader. He was altruistic, diligent, honest; he asked the opinion of those around him, even though he knew the right thing to do, he also liaised with his wife and did not think she belonged to the “other room” only.

I love the use of continuity through phones and other means, even if there was no extra scene created for them. For instance, we were able to tell that Michael won the primaries through the message the first lady aka Kemi Ajadi sent to Stephanie via WhatsApp.

Why I would score this movie 8/10

KUDOS

There should be a sequel to this movie; here is what to expect!

Woh! Woh! It seems like I just gave the writer an hint….; you welcome (I must have heard you say thank you!)

Don’t mind me, or mind me sha; what I am trying to say is that the part 2 would really be interesting to watch!

MEANING OF SOME YORUBA WORDS USED

Igara– Pride; Oma ake: Naughty girl; Olori kolodo: Idiot or bald head

Olori agbon: Coconut head, strong head or used to emphasize stubbornbess; Ewo ni awada? Why making fun?

Pastors t’o gbaju gbaja: Pastors that have utmost faith and strength

WONDERING

INTERESTING/WITTY DIALOGUES

Lekan: I prefer “Make Nigeria great again”; Fred: If by some miracle we won the election, Wont people ask us to keep to our promises; Lekan: Eh, are we planning not to keep the promises?

Lekan: What kind of pastor preaches in the beer parlour?; Fred: Some people should learn to keep their visions to their church.

Lekan to Kemi: You can even employ special assistant to give out the personal money I would give you; for money distribution.

Lekan to Michael: I hope that you are not lazy? (A mimic of President Buhari’s words when he called Nigerian Youths- Lazy)

Kemi: Let the glory of God ooze over me

Lekan and Kemi: The snake who swallowed money (A mimic of the female senator)

Kemi: Wear Agbada 1500 (Words from Terry G’s song)

Fred toEki: You are even a learner on your own program. If you were an apprentice, you should be fired…

Freda: I just finished a-7 day white fast @46 minutes; Kemi: Which one is that?

Freda: White fast is when you eat everything white and stay clean. Eat white fish with pounded yam and soup; everything must be white..

Kachy: Hot pepper soup is sipped slowly; let him enjoy it @49 minutes

Kemi to John: Who asked you? Olori kolodo! Go out, tan lori agbon @59 minutes

John: Let’s give them a new Ajadi story to follow. Let’s have a family portrait of the wives and children… @ 1 hour 7 minutes

Kemi: Why are you pluralizing wives….

Lekan: Abi you are mad ni? Infact, you must be mad

Laide: Now that you are serious about the election, it would be unchristian of me not to support you @ 1 hour 13 minutes

Kemi: How can I compete with Laide, how much English can I speak, the way she dresses, walks and carries herself.. @ 1 hour 17 minutes

When pastor Leke came to pray @1 hour 18 minutes in the Ajadi’s home

In the name of the father

The supreme architect

The grand designer

The perfect fabricator

The je suis ce que je suis

The skyscraper of blessings; collapse on Ajadi

The caterpillar of blessings; the caterpillar of winning, jam Ajadi

Also funny was the the presidential debate scene where Lekan said to Shekafi, “Shekafi, nothing for you!” View this @ the 1 hour 25 minutes 11 seconds of the movie. Also, lol to the way the congregation where dancing Ajadi’s dance like their lives. I also love the manner Fred threw the pillow at John for pluralizing wife at the 1 hour 7 minutes of the movie.

Confusing scene(s): Nil

Overall rating for Your Excellency

EBONY LIFE FILMS PRESENTS A FUNKE AKINDELO BELLO FILM

CAST AND CREW FOR YOUR EXCELLENCY

AKIN LEWIS ACTED AS OLALEKAN AJADI; FUNKE AKINDELE ACTED AS FIRST LADY/KEMI AJADI; KEMI LALA AKINDOJU ACTED AS LINE; SHAFFY BELLO ACTED AS LAIDE AJADI; KUNLE COKER ACTED AS MALLAM ALI; INI DIMA OKOJIE ACTED AS MIMI; EKU EDEWOR ACTED AS EKI; EMMANUEL “EMMA OMC” EDUNJOBI ACTED AS PASTOR LEKE; ALEXX EKUBO ACTED AS KACHI; OREKA GODIS ACTED AS KAREN; OSAS IGHODARO ACTED AS CANDY; ALETILE “SEYI LAW” LAWRENCE ACTED AS FRED; BIMBO MANUEL ACTED AS PROF IDEHEN; DEYEMI OKANLANWON ACTED AS MICHAEL IDEHEN; CHIOMA “CHIGUL” OMERUAH ACTED MADAM ECHEJILE; IKECHUKWU ONUNAKU ACTED AS JOHN; HELEN PAUL ACTED AS FREDA; TONI TONES ACTED AS STEPHANIE

GUEST APPEARANCE: FOLARIN FALZ FALANA ACTED AS AK FAMZY; BEVERLY OSU ACTED AS SANDRA

ORIGINAL STORY IDEA: HEIDI UYS, MO ABUDU

STORY BY: HEIDI UYS, MO ABUDU, YINKA OGUN, FUNKE AKINDELE BELLO

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: YINKA OGUN

CINEMATOGRAPHER: PINDEM LOT

EDITOR: THOMAS ADETUNJI

CO-PRODUCER: JAMES AMUTA

PRODUCER: ISIOMA OSAJE; ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: CYNTHIA OKPALA

DIRECTOR: FUNKE AKINDELE BELLO; FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: ISIOMA OSAJE

 

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Born in the 80’s, Ogefash picked up writing early in her secondary school days at International School, University of Lagos (Unilag). She took it professionally after her university days at the University of Lagos where she graduated from the Department of Mass Communication. She is a writer of several short stories some of which have been published in the magazines. Some of her popular stories are: A Night to Remember, The Special Gift, Haunted, Preparing Ahead of Time amongst others. Her novel "Looming Danger" published in December 2015, was highly recommended by people. She has worked with several media outlets some of which are Spur Magazine and Upcoming Magazine. She is an educationist. With her love for children, she took up the task of supervising and taking care of children at the After School Department of Heritage School before her resignation. Her unique strory telling and song teaching skills endeared her more to the kids she worked with. Ogefash is a goal getter, a pace setter and always strives for excellence. She likes to impact and solve problems in a creative way regardless how challenging they may be. She has in-depth knowledge in reporting, editing, social media and other media related works. She is a seasoned writer and very passionate about her work. Interestingly, her blog is the first in Nigeria to start reviewing Nigerian and foreign movies and also write the movies' plots scene by scene. Ogefash blog is also the first to translate songs, interprete and give a full detailed analysis about music and artistes in Nigeria, Africa and America before other blogs started emulating her style. While other blogs provided just music lyrics alone, we took it higher by not only providing lyrics, but translating, interpreting and analyzing as well. It is also the first blog to give detailed analysis of adverts. Interestingly, Ogefash blog also known as Ogefash Photo Blog is the first blog all over the world to blog with lots of interesting pictures to support all articles. Ogefash says "I don't keep male friends because they always say "sex" is part of friendship. I don't keep female friends because they are always bitchy. I only keep people I can call more than a friend!" Ogefash has an affinity for TV reality shows. In 2018, she represented Nigeria in the PanAfrican TV reality game show "The Maltavator Challenge" powered by Nigeria's number one malt drink packed full of energy giving vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6;Malta Guinness. The show brought together four African countries Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia and Coted'ivoire who competed for the grand prize of 20,000 dollars. Undaunted by any task in her field, Ogefash is highly energetic and creative. She is a rare gem and a gift to this generation.