When Kings Decide
Afia Obinim, Tuesday. January 4, 2011
What happens when the worlds of two people from different royal backgrounds clashes? The prince of Okwe kingdom, Nebolisa (Van Vicker) refuses to marry the lady groomed for him since birth. The princess of Ireh kingdom, Amuma (Mercy Johnson) refuses to marry the son of the defense minister, Harold (Hanks Anuku). Nebolisa and Amuma decide to set off on a separate quest to find true love as commoners in the city of Cable 4.
After watching torturous Nigerian movies for a while, I can say I have found one that was worth every bit of my time in spite of the length. The cast did a great job and I have often had doubts about Van Vicker’s acting but in this movie he portrayed variety.
In pursuit of his search for the right and humble woman, he went to a church with his personal assistant, Nwaokoye (Ugezu J. Ugezu). They went for drinks, not long into their conversation one of the girls asked “Do you want us for the night? How much money do you have?” Van’s immediate expression was priceless, I cracked up so hard. As usual, I feel Mercy Johnson never disappoints in any role given to her. I considered her one of the best actresses of 2009. So far, in 2010 I might have the same opinion.
The movie was directed by Ugezu J. Ugezu and he was the source of humor in the movie as well. The costume designer selected the right sets of Ankara, lace, beads for the royalties including the guards and maids. I loved every scene in this movie. Some scenes reminded me of the American movie, “Coming to America” with Eddie Murphy.