Verdict: This movie is stupid as hell! But freakishly
funny. If you are going to see this, make sure to leave your common
sense at home; because you will find no logic here, only an outlandish,
ridiculous and shameless offering of comedy. So if it's laughter you are
looking for, then I assure you, you won't find it better served this
weekend than in 'Ghana Must Go'. You will laugh and you will laugh hard!
Go for it!
Synopsis: The comedy revolves around two young lovers who are of Nigerian and Ghanaian origin. Ama, a London-based Ghanaian woman, brings her Nigerian boyfriend home to meet her parents much to the displeasure of her wealthy father.
'Ghana Must Go' is most definitely a triumph! A Nollywood and Ghollywood triumph! It parades some very solid acting; look out especially for Kofi Adjorlolo. The dialogue is mostly superb and the production is top notch; you can easily see throughout, that the makers went the extra mile. And though they didn't pull off a perfect, they definitely get top marks for effort. And Nkem Owoh was at his best; he shines through, remaining true to his art... Ridiculous and funny as ever. Nkem Owoh is madt! And madt, is good!
Recommended. It's worth seeing at the cinema. But remember, only if you are willing to turn your brain off for the duration and let your Heart do all the work.
The movie’s major strength for me is its characters and how much life they bring to it. If you are familiar with Nkem Owoh, aka Osufia of the Osuofia in London fame and other movies, you will understand when I say that the movie is laced with witty comebacks and explosive interpretation no one actor of this age has been able to recreate.
Who hears expressions like “In a newly established market, finding a meat stand is always difficult for the vulture” and does not do a double take? I kinda got the feeling that he returned from his hiatus to show the new generation actors how it is done: unforced humour, fluid interpretation that creates a very sanguine feeling and irrepressible laughter. In this movie, he plays the role of Ama’s father-in-law and Blossom’s father, a hunter back in his village and an antidote to Ama’s father’s bitterness and hatred of Nigerians in the movie.
I doubt that I have seen IK Ogbonna in any movie prior to his performance in this one. Dude is a clown for want of a better word and his interpretation is one of those that make this flick memorable for me. Younger brother to Ama, also called Kwabenana or Kwabs for short, he is almost the average younger sibling in most homes except that he is a “clown” in the movie in the way he talked, reasoned, the way the other characters perceived him and how he interacted with the rest of his family.
Kofi Adjorlolo is the typical African father, who is very protective of his daughter, and often has ideas as to who the ideal suitor for her daughter should be. Most times, taking into consideration their tribes or nationality. The only difference is that Kofi has a gun for his ‘protective’ duty (being a retired soldier) where others probably have machetes.
Blossom’s character is not as strong for me but it was fair enough. I found his moments of indecision a tad too hard to swallow. He gets thrown out by his father-in-law in Ghana and he, a grown man supposedly from Nigeria, calls for his father, who is in a village in Nigeria hunting antelopes and rabbits to come for him. How does that happen? Ama, besides being a bad cook in the movie is a good actress who holds our attention for the entire length of the movie as lead.
Helen Paul makes an appearance in this movie and honestly, it is one of the downsides of it for me. I am still trying to understanding the need and relevance of her character which I find redundant in the movie. It can’t be to introduce the element of humour because there was already a lot of it going on with Nkem Owoh around, Ama’s aunty and even IK Ogbonna. So Helen Paul’s inclusion, for me, titled towards overkill especially as there is no significant thematic relevance for her character in the movie. The aesthetics of it all as well does not nicely come together for me.
I don’t appreciate how Ghana Must Go tries to channel the Osuofia in London approach. I get it if, in London, Nkem Owoh/Osuofia is made to look “bush” or razz because, in terms of development, London outranks Nigeria. But in Ghana? How? Even with Nigeria’s present level of development how better is Ghana compared to Nigeria that a person visiting Ghana from Nigeria is portrayed as very local and uncivilised in the light of the development in Ghana. Please don’t mention electricity, because we have generators here and so are not in darkness.
While this may be overlooked in some ways, seeing that Nkem Owoh is also characterised as a local village hunter, while Ama’s family is upscale bourgeoisie Ghana, I liken it more as an attempt to take control of the narrative and put Ghana in the good light. This, in turn, casts doubts on the objectivity of the movie as well. I stand to be corrected.
However in all, this was a good movie; very entertaining and enlightening even with its candid bites into history. So pause from worrying about the flailing economy and notorious power failure of the recent days and go calm your mind. Go see Ghana Must Go; laugh and breathe out!