“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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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)
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.
- They highlighted the qualities of a true leader which is embedded in Lekan Ajadi
- Shows what is entailed in politics and how people go about it
- They brought out the importance of couple communication: We saw the good communication employed between Kemi and Lekan Ajadi. He always told her things before taking any step. He always lets her know about his movements. In this way, Kemi knows where the husband would be and knows where to locate him. This was evident @ the 23 minutes 40 seconds of the movie when Kemi Ajadi told blogger-Stephanie (Acted by Toni Tones) the movement of her husband; it really synced or tallied with what the husband was doing and where he was at that moment. She said the husband would first of all go for an interview and then head to a chicken joint which really happened. Hence, they helped strengthen communication among couples.
- They brought out the importance of seeking people’s opinions when taking decision: When Lekan Ajadi met with the leader of Democratic Action Congress Party (DAC)- Mallam Ali (Acted by Kunle Coker). He told Lekan to join their party, but Lekan said he needs to discuss with his wife and partner before taking a decision.
- They brought out the importance of team work
- I love their publicity and media reach. Whoever edited that Instagram page- Kachi’sCandy @kachi’scandy really tried. I looked it up on Instagram, but there is actually no page with the name Kachy’s Candy. I think someone‘s account was edited. So whose? Nice!
- I also noticed that most of the social media accounts they used for publicity do not actually exist[ and if they do exist, the owners have no link or correlation with the actors and makers of this movie. For instance @Olalekanajadi @pastorleke @laideajadi “Oh Snap Stephanie page” @michaelshade, @itsstephanie @yemiajadi @tolukoka @aconcernedcitizen @tolubamtobi @naijaloyalist @dennistheguy @thekachi @fredaajayi @mimidaniels @michaelshade @johnnewman @sexycat69 and so on do not exist, and if they do, the accounts are owned by someone else, and not the movie makers or those in the movie. So, once again, I commend their publicity stunt. I commend their effort at the political campaign; the use of placards and t-shirts, social media, songs made the film look so real and enhanced the beauty of the movie. Shooting this movie would have really cost them a lot of money. I sincerely pray for a large ROI to ooze (Just like Funke Akindele had said) into their account from this movie.
- Michael Idehin (Acted by Deyemi Okanlawon) and Karen’s (Oreka Godis) growing attraction for each other.
- Lekan’s attempt to divorce Laide, but it would fail
- Who would be the first lady between Kemi or Laide Ajadi (Acted by Funke Akindele and Shaffy Bello)
- Laide would tarnish Kemi’s image and make her look like an illiterate; Kemi would be like Patience Jonathan.
- Would Lekan Ajadi keep to his promises of making his country great? Or would his party- DAC, ministers and those around him discourage him from doing that?
- There would be an attack by people from his party- Democratic Action Congress (DAC)
- There would be an attack from the party he left- Republican Party Nigeria (RPN)
- There would be an attack by other strong presidential contenders
- Why they missed out the point that Lekan Ajadi’s second wife – Kemi Ajadi did not believe in her husband also. Kemi mocked and insulted him at his back. She said he was contesting for fun. She called him crazy and even tagged his effort- 4years madness.
- The reality show- Kachy’sCandy doesn’t really explain much! Is it the daily lives of Kachy and Candy? If that’s what it is about, then we did not see much about their daily lives in the reality show. It, it is not detailed enough. In fact just like two or three scenes of their show; where they were in bed, and he did not act because he was not happy; the scene they wanted to act and she found out she was pregnant. There was always an interruption in each scene. It, however, started becoming more meaningful when Mimi joined and Candy started becoming moody with her husband’s closeness to her
- We don’t know if Pastor Leke (Acted by ‘Emma OMG’ Edunjobi) was a charlatan or not, or maybe he was a comedian or something else in the movie
- How come this Ajadi’s dance is not popular even after the release of this movie; I love the dance though, it is unique and funny.
- And how come that Kach’s song was not made popular after the release of this movie despite the fact that dance was created for the song
- When Kachy said “Hot pepper soup is sipped slowly; let him enjoy it” @ the 49 minutes of the movie; I expected him to have said it in Igbo. E for sink well and it is sweeter in the ears when said in Igbo. The igbo of that is “Nwayo nwayo ka e ji aracha ofe di oku”
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.
- STRUCTURE: Good Beginning, Good Middle, Good Ending
- SOUND: Superb: The songs used are engaging and lead people properly into the movie. Chioce of songs build interest in viewers.
- COSTUMING: Superb
- DIALOGUE: Superb; witty, intelligent, interesting and informative.
- CHARACTERS: Familiar faces and new faces
- SCREEN PLAY: Good
- SHOTS: Bright shots
- LOCATION: The movie was shot in Nigeria
- REMARK: Very very interesting and worth your time and money. Don’t wait a second after reading this review to watch the movie. Oya; sharpily go watch am!
- RATE: 8/10
- DURATION: 2 hours
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