Director : Asurf Oluseyi
Producer : Asurf Oluseyi
Starring :Kunle Idowu, Toyin Abraham, Seyi Law, Rahama Sadau, and Ali Nuhu
Genre : Drama/Comedy
Release Date : August 4, 2017
Awesome-O-Metre : 6.9/10
Revue of HAKKUNDE
Hakkunde (pronounced Akande) follows the travails of Akande (Kunle Idowu aka Frank Donga) an unemployed graduate of Animal Science who after a 4-year unsuccessful job search in Lagos relocates to the north (Kaduna) in the hope of making it. Things don’t turn out as he expected, setting him on an unusual path of self-discovery and love.
I won’t lie, when I heard this film wasn’t a comedy, I was truly afraid that it might turn out to be one of those run of the mill films that will just anger someone. But boy was I wrong! Not in a long time have we seen a movie laden with so much meaning. I guess my hesitation was borne from the fact that Frank Donga is known for his comedic nature rather than his inspirational qualities but he has shown us that he is indeed talented in versatility.
The most appealing aspect of this film is it simplicity. The simplicity spanned across every facet of the film – from the way it was shot to the acting and even the plot. Everything was simple and easy to follow. Hakkunde reminds one of the educational films the BBC used to shoot in Nigeria or those UNICEF sponsored films about child spacing that oozed with class and simplicity.
Honestly, I am pleased with the proliferation of Kannywood into mainstream Nollywood with people like Ali Nuhu and Rahma Sada flying the flag. I like that they didn’t use posers pretending to be Hausa-speaking folk. Another thing this film highlighted is that the north isn’t all about violence and religious extremism but are a welcoming people willing to accept everyone. Also, the film showcased the serenity and beauty that adorns the northern landscape.
Conversely, there was this one scene that featured a dance troupe which didn’t quite come off and should have been done away with because it seemed disjointed and didn’t add anything to the film. Furthermore, Hakkunde was inspirational but maybe not as entertaining and this is probably because Hakkunde’s direction is to inspire and enlighten rather than merely amuse .
Frank Donga showed us he is funny and versatile (although I wasn’t impressed with his fake hair). Toyin Abraham was funny as hell and my Hausa brothers sprinkled finesse, charm and beauty to make it an all-round feel good film. I do encourage everyone to go see this film if for nothing but to help in the films cause. When you see it, please look out for the soundtrack by my boy Classiq and also the scene with the Late Bukky Ajayi which gave me chills.
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Over and out!