Pulse Movie Review "Ghana Must Go" is a well-made movie with often very funny scenes

If you want some eye-rolling moments, IK Ogbonna and Helen Paul's characters will probably attempt to detach your corneas.

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Ghana Must Go set to premiere in Nigeria this June play

Ghana Must Go set to premiere in Nigeria this June

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The comedy movie "Ghana Must Go" comes after the award winning production debut of Yvonne Okoro, "The Contract."

Directed by multiple award-winning filmmaker, Frank Rajah Arase; "Ghana Must Go" stars Yvonne Okoro, Kofi Adjorlolo, Ik Ogbonna, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Helen Paul, Ada Ameh and Nkem Owoh (popularly known as Osuofia).

Set in Accra, Ghana, the comedy revolves around two young lovers who are of Nigerian and Ghanaian origin. Ama, a London-based Ghanaian woman, brings her Nigerian boyfriend, Chuks, home to meet her parents much to the displeasure of her wealthy father.

Ama’s parents refuse to give their blessing to their union, citing historical happenings between the neighbouring countries as reason for their refusal.

"Ghana Must Go" cast play

"Ghana Must Go" cast  at media screening

 

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The romantic comic movie presents viewers with an interesting and unique plot. It hilariously tells a story most of Nigerians will not remember. A story most Nigerians don't even know about. It uses romance and comedy to tell the story of what happened at the time the term ‘Ghana must go’ was coined.

It also focuses on a relatable issue. While I doubt if any parent would refuse his or her daughter marrying a Nigerian because of the 'Ghana Must Go' saga, there is no doubt that most parents have several reasons why their children cannot marry from a particular tribe, state, religion or country, and that, is the central theme of the movie "Ghana Must Go."

Frank Rajah does a good job at guiding the cast of movie to bring to life an original script nothing close to a Bollywood plot.

 

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The comedy movies long tradition of making a 'village girl'  seem like an imbecile or mentally damaged person is continued in "Ghana Must Go" with Helen Paul's character.

The movie doesn't tell how much of a local family Chuks family are, or what village they come from in Nigeria, but his father (Nkem Owoh) seems literate enough, which makes the the film's portrayal of them seem tacky.

The best part of the movie has to be Nkem Owoh and Kofi Adjorlolo, who are naturally hilarious and talented. They make some of the scenes funny, and are genuinely funnier than most other actors.

Talking about genuinely funny, Ik Ogbonna's interpretation of his character was a little bit difficult to digest. Although he does manage to induce very few funny and entertaining moments, his overall interpretation of character was a downer. He seems to be trying so hard to be funny, and ends up presenting us with overdone scenarios.

'Ghana Must Go' Teaser poster play

'Ghana Must Go' Teaser poster

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Another downer and disappointing character would be Helen Paul's, which was not funny, and doesn't contribute to the plot. As earlier mentioned, the movie continues the norm of making illiterates or poor people from the village seem mentally demented with Paul's character.

If you want some eye-rolling moments, IK Ogbonna and Helen Paul's characters will probably attempt to detach your corneas.

While Blossom Chukwujekwu and Yvonne Okoro's characters didn't exactly have explosive chemistry, they had a very comfortable chemistry devoid of cringe-worthy moments.

They both offered few funny scenes, but still perfectly interpreted two characters worth loving, watching and connecting with.

At the end of the day, "Ghana Must Go" is better than average movie, and totally worth your time and money.

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