Producer/Director: Tunde Kelani
Cast: Funke Akindele, Ayomide Abati, Wale Ojo, Tamilore Kuboye.
Ebunola (Maami) struggles to train her son, Kashimawo, having left her occultic husband; who allegedly used her other son for money-making rituals.
She tells lies and begs, often embarrassing her young son. Kashi grows up, becomes a professional footballer for Arsenal, the English premiership side; but keeps the footballfederation guessing as to whether he will play for his fatherland or not. Perhaps, owing to the hardship he faced as a little child, he has a heart for the less privileged.
In Maami , Funke Akindele shows that her role as Jenifa (in Jenifa and its sequels) was not a chance occurrence.
Ayomide Abati is quite a good singer/actor and his reading skills are excellent. The film also heightened verisimilitude by showcasing the streets of Lagos as well as using LTV 8 and EKO FM as broadcast media. Again, its showcase of Lagos is done with some subtlety unlike its blatant display in The Return of Jenifa . It is great that Lagos State is pioneering the use of movies for a much-needed rebranding.
Therefore, it is a challenge to the few other states that have intensified infrastructural development and rehabilitation in recent times to attract movie-makers so as to increase their tourism potential. More so, it is a call to the many state governments, who have not done much to work harder and join this worthy campaign or gamble with the chances of their government and/or political parties in the next elections.
There were several funny moments in Maami . It was good the relationship between Kashi and Dolapo was kept professional. The scene, where Kashi asserted his authority said so much.
Conversely, what a poor actress the lady, whose table was upturned in the market is! Was she laughing or crying? Howdid the two men, who were waiting for their wives in the market, see Maami, skinning the bones? They were not within eyesight as was noticed when they were approaching her.
At 23, how come Kashi, a rich, successful footballer; was notlinked to any lady? Given the fact that he always wanted things done within the bounds of propriety, one did not expect to see a bevy of girls, but had expected to see his girlfriend or, at least, a mention of her.
The sports show on LTV 8 was too long. If it was exciting, maybe the length might not have been a problem.Then, Kashi made a grammatical error when he said: ’I know you are wondering ‘who am I’ instead of ‘who I am’.
Who was Dolapo beyond Kashi’s Personal Assistant? As one of the supporting actors, one would have had expected she would have her own story, even if this story was captured in the dialogue.
There was a disturbing inconsistency with Kashi’s character. Despite his age and the deprivation he faced, young Kashi cringed when his mother behaved dishonestly. As a professional footballer, he declined to play for his fatherland simply because he thought the home-based players should be given a chance. So, how come he took a life, wittingly?
Obviously, Tunde Kelani, the award-winning Director of Oleku , Saworoide and Thunderbolt (films with excellent twists and turns) should have opted for a better adaptation of Maami , the novel by Femi Osofisan…
Producer/Director: Tunde Kelani