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REVIEW: “Diary Of A Crazy Nigerian Woman” Passes As An Afternoon Filler – Not Bad, Not Special

BY IFE OLUJUYIGBE




A typical crazy Nigerian woman is probably married with a kid she loves fiercely but never ceases to bother, calling them for the slightest reason to do things like pass the remote that is just an arm-stretch away. She probably has a record of the loudest shouts ever in an argument with the husband, is skilled at beating down the price of a good in the market from five thousand to five hundred, is overly religious, calling every cockroach-movement an attack and pleading the blood, or is the neighbourhood gossip, aware of whose cock crowed at six, and whose husband snored at three. This is the kind of crazy the Nigerian can relate to, none of which is seen in the Desmond Elliot-directed movie, The Diary of a Crazy Nigerian Woman.

The title, while being largely unoriginal and having offered that much promise, gives the audience a false idea of the story as it unfolds, and gets them quickly disappointed by the turn of events, considering that the woman in question is hardly even crazy, and there is no diary, mentioned or implied.

Seeing Bimbo Ademoye cast as lead is an adrenaline boost of sorts. Ademoye, who in recent times has taken on diverse and well-portrayed roles in film, has done much more crazy in others than she did in this film that tags her character crazy. And while she puts up a brilliant showing still, this movie could have done with a far more accurate title.

The Diary of  a Crazy Nigerian Woman tells the story of a couple, Emeka and Lola, who are forced to move out of their swanky Lekki apartment for a humbling apartment in Ajangbadi because Emeka runs into debt he is unable to pay. Lola is unhappy with the new development, and coupled with the fact that she has friends to impress, she realizes she is pregnant and plots a kidnapping by her neighbor in order to get money from her husband.

Lola and Emeka are in love and care deeply for one another, so when she decides on this kidnap ploy, it is a surprise. But we go on with it, and realise that unless she was utterly foolish, planning your own kidnapping and staying in the house next door is largely improbable.

One thing this film manages to do, however, is entertain, especially with acts like Abiola Segun Williams who is big on hilarious Yoruba-intoned theatrics. Deyemi Okanlawon who plays Emeka has great chemistry with Bimbo Ademoye, both of which have also costarred as lovers in It’s About Your Husband. The brilliant acting and casting of this film gives the viewer a good time, nearly enough to make up for what it lacks in the strength of its story and clichéd title.

The Diary of a Crazy Nigerian Woman also features Jimmy Odukoya, Rotimi Salami, Enado Odigie , Emem Ufot and Benedict Gbemudu. Written by Francisca Eleyele and produced by Desmond Elliot, The Diary of a Crazy Nigerian Woman thrives on its humour, and stellar acting. The sound and picture quality are good as well, and the pacing is quick, giving no room for a snooze in the middle. The dialogue could be a lot better, as dwelling so much on chit-chat between Emeka and his friend did the story too little justice.

All in all, The Diary of a Crazy Nigerian Woman passes as okay afternoon filler. Not bad, not special.

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