Nimbe’s Review— Something Different.

Chidi Obialor
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Nimbe is noticeably different from the typical Nollywood blockbuster in a few ways. I’ll give you three differences:

  • Nimbe is not star-studded. Apart from Odunlade Adekola and Toyin Abraham. Other members of the cast are little known.
  • The story and the setting are not glamorous – not flaunting inordinate wealth and lavish lifestyle. Rather it dwells on the troubled life of ordinary, lower class Nigerians.
  • Nimbe tells a clear, riveting, didactic story! Solid subplots that reiterate things you already know or pretend not to know.

Here’s a Spoiler from Nimbe (If You love Your Suspense. Skip)

Nimbe is an eponymous story of a hapless, yet smart and creative teenage boy from a dysfunctional home – beset on every side by an abusive father at home and bullies at school. Nimbe soon finds a friend – a saviour who later becomes a bad influence – who introduces him to drugs to cope with his traumas. Then Nimbe starts taking “days off” at school and flunking his tests. Nimbe’s creativeness later on brings him into the good books of a drug baron who takes Nimbe deep into the life of crime – drug trafficking, murder, you get the gist. And there was no turning back. A good, innocent boy becomes a cold-blooded, murderous junkie who eventually earns himself a life “inprisonment” (yea, you read it just the way it was subtitled. Lol!)

You Can Continue…

Nimbe is a very simple story delivered impressively. The cast and crew created something that is true to its roots and bracingly current. You would feel so much pity for Nimbe himself (Chimezie Imo). Toyin Abraham (Nimbe’s mother) performance is vivid and almost perfect. Although her Efik accent is inconsistent, it will make you laugh a little – and she definitely interpreted that motherly role well.

The villain of the movie is Odunlade Adekola (Nimbe’s abusive, perpetually disgruntled father) who doesn’t realize the evil he’d done until Nimbe becomes irredeemable. Broda Shaggi’s brings occasional but totally necessary humour. You will also find the beauty and the beast affair between… (uhm find out when you watch) totally laughable!

An Argument between Baba Nimbe and Mama Nimbe over a ticket.

The subplots of the movie teach valuable lessons. Lessons against domestic abuse, against drug abuse, against rape and perhaps, abortion. However, one draw back of the movie is it’s ending— although unambiguous, it’s unsatisfying.

Nimbe is a jostling, clamouring movie that every parent/guardian needs to see with their kids/wards right in their living room. We hope it causes changes, no matter how little.

Chidi Obialor

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3 years ago

Solid review. Mirrors my exact thoughts.

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