Ibaka’s Description:

Keji is diagnosed of leukemia and is in urgent need of a blood transfusion. During this process, hidden and strange secrets of her maternity are being unveiled.

*For real though, Ibakatv who is writing these descriptions?*

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So we decided to watch the trailer first, before delving straight into the film- something we typically don’t do. Our advice-don’t do it, you won’t enjoy the movie as much. When the trailer has given away so much of the movie that there is no point in watching it. On the other hand this is what this post is about to do (hehehe), so if you are anti-spoilers, stop here and “fast-wind” you nyash back to the Facebook page. Return after you have watched the movie.

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Pros:

  1. The acting was really commendable (apart from the women in the flashback). Lateef Oladimeji (Keji’s lover) who’s whole crying soliloquy had us on the brink of tears mehn (that’s Yoruba movie bae, says Anthonia) and all of the other actors and actresses were up to par.
  2. The costumes, makeup, props, and locations were all very well thought out.
  3. The quality of the movie production was on point
  4. That crisp “Bassey Okon” parting in Antar Laniyan’s hair, coupled with that Bigen number 2

Cons:

  1. Huge gap in the backstory. We see the mother dirt poor, traveling with her two children with luggage on her head, and then all of a sudden she’s selling jewelry and lace. Where did she even get the money to buy the jewelry? Explanashun please
  2. In the typical fashion of Nigerian films, there were too many unnecessary flashback to scenes that had just happened- Like we were just there….we know what happened 2 minutes ago, but thanks for reminding us.
  3. Antar Laniyan was a little bit too calm upon hearing the news that his wife stole his “daughter”, it be like say he’s used to this woman’s wickedness? Is she a serial criminal ni?
  4. Weave-on problems. Like Why Nigeria, why?! They’re supposed to be rich naaaa
  5. Legal standpoint: That lawyer was an ojoro lawyer. There was nothing that she said that was from a correct legal point of view, and we know because we have our very own Lawyer-in-Christ, Anthonia, fact check ha!lies
  6. We were really disturbed by the Uncle’s explanation of “God’s grace” to the mother who had her child taken. He went on about how it was a blessing that she did not have Keji as a daughter because she would have caused them so much strife, and they wouldn’t be as successful as they were. We don’t know where to begin in explaining how horrible an ideology this is. For one, the trigger for Keji to commit suicide were these exact sentiments – that she was a burden on her family and lover. To say that it is a blessing that one lost a child who has a sickness, is essentially telling viewers that have sickness’ that their family is better off without them. Especially in a movie that focused on the trials and tribulations of someone with such an illness, it is incredibly demeaning to have such a statement as the moral to be learned.

Rating: 7/10. Good story line, good execution, however that last tidbit by the uncle was unecessary and shamed the protagonist (Keji). The whole movie was built up on making the viewer feel empathetic for Keji, only for that to be ruined at the end.

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2 thoughts on ““Koto” – Nollywood Movie Review

  1. Bernard,I take your point but I would say again that no blackmail on either side is going to keep me from saying what I want to say… PhProoltniy:How can you say that the Nazi crimes were not heinous? Are you crazy? If you're denying the Holocaust, you're not welcome herePhil

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