There are a small number of things Nigeria is known for, and sadly, there are fewer things she is good at. One of such exceptional things Nigeria is known for and good at, is her movies.
The movie industry in Nigeria, popularly known as ‘Nollywood’ has evolved in the last decade, to an establishment worthy of pride. We have seen our actors and actresses make us proud even on the world stage and in foreign collaborations. When I think of this, I think of people like Rita Dominic, Omoni Oboli, Adesuwa Etomi, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Desmond Elliot, to mention but a few.
However, there has been nothing like the ‘The Wedding party’ since ‘30 Days in Atlanta’ produced by comedian and actor, Ayo Makun, rocked our screens. ‘The Wedding Party’ is the most lauded movie, directed by the delectable Kemi Adetiba, who is a serial music video director, filmmaker and television director. Having seen Kemi Adetiba’s works, I expected nothing but good direction in ‘The Wedding Party’.
The Wedding Party was brought to life by the two lovebirds, Adesuwa Etomi and Bankole Wellington, who are now happily joined in wedlock. These star actors did justice to the movie, by portraying the age-long phenomenon called ‘Love’. Their chemistry on screen was A-plus, and it was not a surprise when they announced their nuptials months after the movie release.
Another notable actor in the movie, and in fact the woman after everyone’s hearts, is Sola Shobowale, popularly known as ‘Toyin Tomato’ from Wale Adenuga’s ‘Super Story’. Sola who was casted as the bride’s mother, brought her A-game to this movie.
The story of a young woman from the Western part of Nigeria about to be wedded to her heartthrob from the Eastern part of Nigeria, gave viewers many ‘awww’ moments, especially with the lovebirds’ chastity vow, and ‘oh my god’ moments, especially when the bride, Dunni, almost called off her own wedding.
My best scene from the movie remains the entrance of the Cokers, the bride’s family, into the wedding venue. Sola Shobowale, with her theatrics and hysterics, typical of Yoruba mothers, gave us dance moves that remain evergreen in our hearts.
Released on the 16th of December, 2016, ‘The Wedding Party’ raked in a whooping sum of seventy-three million naira in three days, which made it the highest grossing Nigerian film, which is not a surprise seeing the effort and quality put into making the movie. In this movie, the Nigerian film industry, ‘Nollywood’ brought their A-game.
If there is any movie I would want to watch all over again, it is ‘The Wedding Party’, with its amazing cast who made me cry, anxious, and tumbling off my seat with laughter; a romantic comedy done right.
Overall, ‘The Wedding Party’ was not a well scripted movie, but it did a great job in portraying the mood of wedding parties in Nigeria. It is a laugh-your-head-off kind of movie, where the love story is not lost on the viewers. It will leave you with a happy and satisfied feeling.