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GOD CALLING: AN AMAZING MIXTURE OF GOOD AND BAD

GOD CALLING MOVIE REVIEW

By Morris Abdul Newton

 

Dir: BB Sasore

Starring: Zainab Balogun, Karibi Fubara, Eku Edewor, Nkem Owoh, Onyeka Onwenu, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Tina Mba, Patrick Diabuah, Abiola Segun-Williams.

Duration: 110mins

 

We don’t often see faith based films in the cinemas out here but one thing is for sure; no matter its calling or leaning, when we do see one, we submit it to the same rigor and scrutiny we put all others through. Quality cannot be compromised… right?

God Calling is about obedience and faith explored through the life of a stay-at-home wife and mum, Sade (Zainab Balogun). Sade is seemingly happy in her near perfect life with her husband and only child. But for the drug abuse and not being able to bear another child, she would have had it all perfect. Then she suffers a personal tragedy and is taken on a journey of self-discovery which threatens to transform the lives of those around her. (Watch Trailer Here)

The exploration of strong themes such as drug abuse, suicide, mental incapacitation, marital struggles and belief in this film is almost seamless and the fact that SOME of its production values helps sell it beyond its faith focus, thereby not reneging on its entertainment value, is great.

That said, ‘God Calling’ was definitely not all rosy. Sound for one was really bad. ‘Horrible’ is the word I was actually looking for. The ADR menace was so pronounced in this film that I almost felt like putting on my headphones when certain characters had lines of dialogue to deliver. Tina Mba and RMD’s ADR for instance were really bad.

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On the other hand, Picture and lighting were very good. Definitely has one of the best pictures I have seen this year. The picture was so sweet one could have been tempted to literally lick the screen.

Acting turned out quite decent. Patrick Diabuah playing the Pastor, for one, needs to work on his style and delivery. He’s becoming quite pedestrian even in diverse roles. The girl that played Zainab’s daughter (Lola) was a fantastic cast. The resemblance between mother and child was quite uncanny.

The scene between Francis Okereke (Karibi Fubara) and his daughter, Lola was really sweet. The girl did really great in her role. The family’s Doctor (Abiola Segun-Williams) had her language style all warped up. Her delivery was like a doctor’s handwriting when writing prescriptions. Meanwhile, Onyeka Onwenu was just all so overly dramatic in some of her scenes.

Whilst some parts of this film will test your resolve or belief in the miraculous, there were a few points of convenient set ups by the writer who obviously wanted something to happen. For instance, Sade taking her call outside the house while Lola fiddled with inflammables was one. Sade had no tangible reason to step out of the house. Nevertheless, the explosion was well executed.

An important note as well is that of aesthetics. Aesthetics without solid story progression is simply not cool. CGI usage is a notable feature in BB Sasore’s movies and the use here was pretty intense and I must say, great. ‘God Calling’ probably has the best use of CGI in any Nollywood movie. See; trance scene, suicide attempt on the bridge and in the water, explosion etc. It was good to look at. One of those draws a question though; when Sade wanted to commit suicide, where was her car on the long shot?

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‘God Calling’ drops slightly in its intensity and appeal on certain fronts especially when we consider some of its story issues. There was not much establishment on Francis’ life that pushes us towards knowing that he really had no friends. We only saw him constantly cavorting with a female colleague. That was too convenient for character building. Then there was the fact that no one mentioned losing the house to the explosion or anything related to it. That was a major event that didn’t deserve to be swept under the carpet.

Editing was a tad off at some points as scenes seemed misplaced. Some scenes looked like they were placed properly while to the discerning eye of literary expressions, they weren’t. Scenes or happenings need to be arranged well to soothe the story being told as well as deliver maximum impact. The use of contrast would have worked supremely at certain points but an editor would have to understand it even if the director or writer doesn’t.

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Francis’s escalating matters to asking for a divorce also came across as too sudden. Nothing had gotten out of hand just yet. Though I like the issues between Francis’ dad (Nkem Owoh) and Sade’s dad (Richard Mofe-Damijo), but it probably would have worked better if Sade’s dad was very insistent on matters related to his business before we saw both of them go head to head. We never really saw the man’s persistent nature and his lack of belief earlier in the movie only for him to become a focal character based on those two attributes later.

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God Calling possesses all the overtones of the Christian faith. However, what is sure is that the emotions here were very real… eventually.

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Veteran Actor RMD wins best Actor in the movie THREE WISE MEN

Richard Mofe Damijo aka RMD has added another award to his award collections as he wins the best Actor in the movie ”three wise men”, the movie also starred other Veteran Nollywood actors which includes Zack Orji and Victor Olaotan. Three wise men is a comic movie Produced by Opa Williams and directed by Patience Oghre-Imobhio.

 

 

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RMD took to his Instagram to announce the good news;

”So I won the best actor for my role in 3 wise men at the just concluded Abuja international film festival. It couldn’t have come at a better time as we wrap the #glolafftafest2017 today. It’s been a long comic ride since April. Laughter is good for the soul, and even the bible acknowledges that a heart that is cheerful is as “medicine for the soul…” which is why I love to laugh and be merry. Like laughter, awards are good for the soul especially when they are not post mortem.
People ask me why I still get excited over awards in acting since I have won tons of them. Well, yes, I still get tickled by acting awards, It’s who I am, it’s what I do and I absolutely love it.
It is my art and in it’s own way defines me, so any recognition of excellence ìs a validation that on my lane, I do good work. I adore and totally respect those who do same in their respective fields because when it all comes down to it, really, it’s how we impact our little corners that count. I am blessed and thankful that after 33 years of doing this work, I still hunger to be better everyday. My name is Richard Mofe-Damijo I am an actor, grateful for the liberty to express myself through my craft. Who are you?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read Also: Three Wise Men wins Award For Best Comedy at the 2017 AMAA AWARDS 

 

LOOKING BACK AT DIAMOND RING 2

Movie Title- Diamond Ring 2

Genre- Drama

Produced by– Tade Ogidan

Directed by- Tade Ogidan

Written by– Tade Ogidan

Cast- Richard Mofe Damijo

Liz Benson

Buki Ajayi

Sola Sobowale

 

 

Tade Ogidan is an award-winning filmmaker, he makes it a duty to churn out quality movies and spares no expense in that regard. Little wonder his 1998 effort, Diamond Ring continues to make news as one of the great classics. The part one was a good watch but the sequel is even better. I saw it again recently and couldn’t wait to share it with you guys.

The movie opened with chief Dike searching for the address of the construction company of the white man Chidi sold the ring to. Remember the spirit lady (Liz Benson) gave them seven days to retrieve the ring and return to her. It was not an easy task for the Igbo chief, after managing to get the address, he was told that the man had returned to his country- England. So without delay, he traveled to London in search of the man. With the help of his relation, he was able to locate the man who at that time had given the ring to his ex-girlfriend now married to another man who hates him. (Pretty dicey right?)

 

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After a lot of pleading and persuasion, he agreed to take them to the house of the lady but warned them that things might get ugly because the lady’s husband hates his guts. Things did get quite ugly because the lady’s husband got back and turned the place into a boxing ring. Hitting, punching and kicking these strange men he found in his apartment; but the good news was that they were able to retrieve the ring. Chief departed for Nigeria with only a day left.

On his arrival to Nigeria he was detained by customs, apparently, he didn’t declare the ring and when he did they said it was contraband and seized it together with his passport. Chief was devasted as well as angry. He wanted to pull the whole place down, however, the situation was brought under control by the superior officer. After explaining his predicament to her she empathized with him and ordered that the ring and passport be returned to him. The officers discovered that the ring was stolen by one of the cleaners, they caught her in time and she produced the ring. It would appear that everything in the universe was working against the chief, from one obstacle to another in the course of getting the diamond ring back. After all the many hurdles, he was able to get the ring back in time, he thought all was over- little did he know that he would have to go through another difficult task within twenty-four hours.

The spirit appeared again and told them to go get her stolen coffin in Ado Ekiti and get her adopted children to attend the burial again with the ring on her finger. All these wouldn’t have been possible if not for the help of their clairvoyant aunt who assisted chief. All in all, they were able to accomplish the unthinkable and Chidi was restored to normalcy.

 

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Diamond Ring 2 was just awesome, suspense-filled with a lot of twists and turns. You never know what’s going to happen next. The night scenes (which was much) was fantastic- real and believable. Locations were properly picked, the three elders’ statue signifying the entrance to Lagos brought nostalgic feelings. The last hospital scene where they whisked Chidi away was intense and extremely dramatic. I loved it the acting displayed by Richard Mofe Damijo. Simply spectacular. Tunji Bamishigbin displayed his amazing acting process, really enjoyed all his scenes.

I still have a problem with the make-up of the ghost though. It was shabbily done and it didn’t elicit the needed effect it was supposed to. And that part where Chidi was between the land of the living and the dead, friends calling him to come over while his parents pleaded with him to stay with them. I think that was overplayed.

 

The movie is truly a classic, I bet you’ll find every bit interesting all over again once you decide to go see it. For me, judging by the standards at that time in Nigerian Film production, Diamond Ring was and still is a great movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Who remembers Diamond Ring???

 

 

 

 

 

Filmmaker, Tade Ogidan returns with a New movie title ‘’Gold Statue’’

 

 

 

 

 

RMD and Ego Boyo to work together after 25years

President of International Women’s Society Ego Boyo and Richard Mofe Damijo are the popular faces many would relate to popular Tv drama of the 90s  ‘Checkmate’. These two are back working together on a TV show titled ‘DramCom” The Mr. X Family Show.  Actor Mofe Damiijo took to his Instagram to disclose the good news and he wrote;

 

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“My journey with Ego Boyo started nearly 30 years ago, our first encounter being on the production of CHECKMATE when my dear friend Amaka Igwe pulled me in as the villain Segun Kadiri on the highly coveted TV series. One of the most remarkable things about Ego is that despite the fact that she is born with a silver spoon into the family of the highly respected late Justice Nnamani she was super disciplined (she still is), very humble and extremely committed. Our status as Nigerian TV sweethearts rose with the movie VIOLATED as ‘Tega’ and ‘Peggy’ became the toast of Violated fans. Since then Ego has gone ahead to becoming wife, mother, accomplished business woman and the President of International Women’s Society.

Over 25 years later Tega and Peggy are back together again on my new TV “DramCom” The Mr X Family Show. I can only hope that getting back together again on TV will tickle fans of Ann Hathrope and Segun Kadiri and the fans of Tega and Peggy who have been craving to have them grace their TV screens again. Ego and I are pretty excited about this and hope the excitement catches on. We are curious to see how many people or if anyone can correctly guess what we’re back together as… Mr and Mrs? Secret Lovers? Siblings? Colleagues?…
Somebody?! Anybody?! Let the guessing game begin.

 

 

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Mofe Damijo and Ego Boyo 25 years ago

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Who remembers Diamond Ring???

Movie Title- Diamond Ring part 1

Genre- Drama

Produced by– Tade Ogidan

Directed by- Tade Ogidan

Written by- Tade Ogidan

Cast- Richard Mofe Damijo

                Shola Shobowale

                Teju Babyface

                Bimbo Akintola

                Buki Ajayi

 

 

 

I must confess that I love reviewing our retro movies, it takes me back to when things were simple; the good old days. I recently saw one of the classics from one of Nigeria’s finest producer and director- Tade Ogidan. This guy was one of the very few who know their onions and has made a mark in the industry. His movies are sensational and he makes sure to invest a lot in terms of budget because he believes in quality production.

Diamond Ring is a great movie, fantastic storyline and plot, awesome characterization from some of the most talented actors in Nollywood. The 1998 film captivated movie enthusiasts and it was probably one of the first shot in two continents. Split into two parts Diamond Ring tells the story of a young boy- Chidi (played by Teju Babyface) the son of very rich Igbo parents (Richard Mofe Damijo and Shola Sobowale) who didn’t really have time for him and his sister because of their busy lives. Chidi, only fifteen got admission to the university same time as his elder sister who is eighteen. It was a thing of joy and pride for his parents that their fifteen-year-old is brilliant enough to study in a tertiary institution.

 

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So off Chidi went to the University of Lagos, a young boy away from home and the supervision of his parents, he was having the time of his life enjoying his new found freedom. A likeable lad and brilliant for that matter, he made friends easily. Bimbola (Bimbo Akintola) came into his life more like a big sister, but their relationship was sort of awkward. He loved her as if she was his girlfriend while still seeing her as a big sister because of the age difference and vice versa. This got me thinking, what would’ve happened if they’d actually dated? Wel, we’ll never know.

 

 

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The love Chidi had for Bimbola drove him to join a confraternity in school, the brotherhood XG. Being naïve and unassuming he thought he was protecting her. Lami his room mate and friend introduced him to the group and convinced him to join. Lami even spilled the beans that Bimbola was held bound by a lecturer who threatens her with failure unless she sleeps with him repeatedly. Chidi reported the case to the VC, his father’s friend but nothing was done about it, meaning that the VC also had his own shady dealings. This no doubt angered him coupled with the fact that he was appalled by the living conditions of students on campus. All these strengthened his will to join, he wanted to make a change and for a moment he thought he actually did.

 

 

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Things went bad when he was asked to open a grave of a lady as part of his brave test to finalize his initiation into the fraternity, they went beyond that. They stole the jewelry belonging to the dead lady and that was the genesis of his troubles. The most important being the Diamond Ring of the lady which he was convinced to sell. Things started getting bad when he fell seriously ill and all his friends started dying, they had to take him home where he confessed to his parents as to the true nature of his ailment.

Okay enough of the plenty stories. Here’s what I find interesting about the movie. The aunt that could see beyond the ordinary was pretty scary, I mean who has such relations? One look at you and they know if you’ve stolen meat from the pot or not. Buki Ajayi played the role well. RMD was phenomenal in the Igbo man character and Sola Sobowale as usual was good. But I kinda felt her portrayal of an Igbo wife was not convincing enough. Of course Bimbo Akintola didn’t disappoint at all, but the person that got a standing ovation from me was Teju Babyface. His performance was just splendid, he played the role of Chidi so well that I even thought he was Chidi for real. Liz Benson was cool as well.

 

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Production was okay, sound was cool but the boom mic kept popping up at the edge of the screen. Not good for production. I loved the dialogue, for me it was rich and engaging but the soundtracks was a no no for me. They could’ve done better. Effects was a total no. Make up was so wrong, the ghost of the dead lady was not scary at all, they just plastered white powder on her face and a fan close by to blow her hair backward to give it that windy effect but it was unreal and a bit annoying not to mention laughable and her audio was poor as well.

While we wait to review the other half of this movie, it is pertinent to note that this was a great movie and spectacular job from Mr. Tade Ogidan.

 

 

 

 

Read Also: Filmmaker, Tade Ogidan returns with a New movie title ‘’Gold Statue’’

CHECKMATE- a classic among classics

It’s throwback Thursday and I’m excited to talk about one of the most loved and watched series in the 90s. It was an Amaka Igwe flick and she did marvelously well with the series. I bet you all know the series already- It’s Checkmate!

Checkmate, aired on NTA, ran from 1991 to 1995 and it was sponsored by Lever Brothers Nigeria (now Unilever). The series undoubtedly unveiled the genius that is Amaka Igwe to the Nigerian film industry and indeed to the world. Checkmate featured the greats like Richard Mofe Damijo, Ego Boyo, Bimbo Manuels, Francis Duru, and lots of other industry giants in their youthful days.

 

 

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The story revolves around some families in Nigeria drawn from different backgrounds and orientation- the Haastrups, a wealthy family with many enemies who are bent on destroying them, the Fujis, a polygamous family with the everyday struggles of living together as one, the Edems, a typical middle-class family and other families dealing with challenges faced in the average Nigerian home. The popular family sitcom- Fuji House of Commotion is a spinoff of Checkmate. (for those that didn’t know)

Checkmate was not just another series in the days, it was a well thought out and scripted work with actors who knew their craft delivering exceptionally as professionals. The series told the story of Ann Haastrup who went all out to bring back the glory of Haastrup Investments, the family business that was mismanaged by her brother Benibo (Francis Agu) and at the same time fight off rivals especially Segun Kadiri (RMD) who made a vow to destroy the Haastrups for the death of his mother.

 

 

 

Chief Fuji who is a board member of Haastrup Investment has a dysfunctional home with many children from three wives who are constantly at war, they fight for his affection and sometimes team up to ward off some of the chief’s mistresses. Chief shuns his financial responsibilities at home and uses his wealth to womanize, this gave rise to pranks by the wives and children who constantly seek new and creative ways to get money from him. There are other interesting parts to the family drama series that once held the nation spellbound and glued to their television sets most evenings.
There is no doubt that Checkmate amassed a cult following back in the days, and in this day and era when streaming online is common, it will be nice to have a rerun of the series in the digital space, what do you think? There are some other fascinating stories and scenes in the series, which can you remember? Join the conversation in the comment section, let’s relive old times.

 

 

 

 

 

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OKAFOR’S LAW

Okafor’s Law is a 2016 Nigerian romantic comedy-drama film written, directed and produced by Omoni Oboli. The film stars Blossom Chukwujekwu, Omoni Oboli, Toyin Aimakhu, Gabriel Afolayan, Ufuoma McDermott, Richard Mofe Damijo, Tina Mba, Kemi Lala Akindoju and Ken Erics.

The film goes against the view that straight men and women can’t just be friends. It brings this true by telling the story of Chucks (Blossom Chukwujekwu) nicknamed by his friends as the Terminator, an ardent player with ladies, whose quest to proving this law to his friends brings him three woman he must re-seduce: Ify (Ufuoma McDermott), Tomi and Ejiro (Omoni Oboli), whose lives have drastically changed. And this must be done within 21 days. This challenge of their various new status makes his quest to win the bet more and more insurmountable as he tries to prove the immortality of the long age law: Okafor’s Law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE WEDDING PARTY

The Wedding party follows the shenanigans that go on during the planning of a wedding in Nigeria. Dunni, a 24-year-old art gallery owner and only daughter of her parents, Engineer Bamidele and Mrs Tinuade Coker, is about to marry the love of her life, IT entrepreneur Dozie, the handsome son of Chief Felix and Lady Obianuju Onwuka. The couple took a vow of chastity and are looking forward to a ground -breaking first night together as a married couple. Between matchmaking attempts on the bridal train, a wedding planner on a mission to succeed, the unruly behaviour of some ‘village’ guests much to Tinuade’s horror, Dunni’s uncertainty about her new husband’s faithfulness during the time of their courtship, amidst colourful aso-ebi, eclectic music, small chops, and souvenir drama, we begin to wonder whether Dunni and Dozie will get through their wedding reception unscathed.

 

 

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