Hello all, its another time for a movie review and we are heading straight to nollywood! The Wedding party is a 2016 nollywood movie that caused a lot of rave and buzz all over Nigeria and social media with its funny & amazing trailers.

The movie was finally screened and started showing in the cinemas nationwide (like film house cinemas, silverbird, genesis etc) from the 16th of December, 2016. I personally saw the movie with my family on boxing day and we all enjoyed it and had a good laugh.

The wedding party was directed by kemi adetiba, with a star studded cast featuring banky w, adesua etomi, Richard Mofe Damijo, Ireti Doyle, IKECHUKWU, Beverly Naya, Sola Sobowale, Alibaba, AY Makun, Lepacious BOSE, Zainab Balogun, Eyinna Nwigwe, Emma Oh God, Frank Donga, saka, etc, the list is endless.


One of the biggest challenges with most star-studded Nollywood movies is that in a bid to make everyone seem important and relevant, the movie becomes draggy and more like a pilot episode for a TV series.  The resolution becomes rushed, and leaves you wishing the director had chosen to make a star-studded TV series rather than a boring star-studded movie.

However, "The Wedding Party" is a star-studded romantic comedy that gives every actor and character the room to be important and relevant to the story without ruining it.

It is distinctly a comedy movie that sets out to entertain. It doesn't try to be an action, thriller, crime, adventure film, a documentary or all at once. It doesn't set out to be deep and have you feeling 'intense.' It understands its chosen genre and it sticks to it. "The Wedding Party" is a well-made romantic-comedy which is brought to life by talented actors, to entertain and bring laughter to a viewer's day.

Set in Lagos, Nigeria, the movie tells the story of Dunni Coker and Dozie Onwuka's wedding. Dunni Coker, a 24 -year-old art gallery owner and only daughter of her parents is about to marry the love of her life, IT entrepreneur Dozie. The couple took a vow of chastity and is looking forward to their first night together as a married couple. The awaited Wedding day finally arrives and it comes with lots of unexpected drama.

The whole buzz-worthy movie happens in a day. It doesn't just kick off with a party; It is a movie that follows the events of an entire wedding day. Most of these events lead to the dramatic wedding party. There is an ex who is not over the groom, a cheating husband, an underappreciated son, a First class graduate turned robber, a mother-in-law who doesn't like her son's choice of wife, the co-mothers-in-law who can't stand each other and are in a competition to outshine each other. Despite how it seems like there is more than a lot going on in the film, Kemi Adetiba still successfully creates a clear and understandable romantic comedy.

Kemi Adetiba's "The Wedding Party" captures a typical Nigerian wedding (high-priced or inexpensive) and all the drama that could occur pre and post a wedding party. A typical Nigerian wedding party is fun, dramatic, tedious, but entertaining. A typical Nigerian wedding has that relative who turns up for the food or souvenirs, friends who turn up for the 'gram' and an envious ex who is just there to witness the inadequacies. The romantic comedy captures the energy, music, colourfulness, culture and fashion that makes a wedding party fun to attend.

Class and tribal differences add to the hilarious drama in this Kemi Adetiba's romantic comedy, as the Onwukas are Igbo while the Cokers are Yoruba. From the spoken words, gestures and facial expressions, the relationship and competition between Mrs Onwuka and Mrs Coker play a huge part in ensuring that "The Wedding Party" remains true to its genre.  They represent the reality of tribalism and classism in Nigeria which is not always as funny as theirs.

"The Wedding Party" benefits from the efforts of its apt cast. It is buoyed up by performances from both veterans and the younger actors. Sola Sobowale is most certainly the life of the movie and is at the top of her game playing the viewers favourite Tinuade Coker. Nobody else could bring this much life to this character as she did. A typical caring and protective Nigerian or particularly Yoruba mother, Sobowale nails the act.

Dunni and Dozie's onscreen chemistry is palpable. But then, isn't Adesua Etomi our go-to actress when in need of a well-made Nollywood romance movie? She doesn't shy away from bringing to life a Dunni who is truly in love and can't get enough of the love of her life.

It is refreshing to see Banky as Dozie. His interpretation of the character is natural. He doesn't try too hard to impress as a first-timer in a movie. His character isn't exaggerated. It is simple, likeable and relatable to a reasonable extent.

The cast share genuine chemistry tinged with humour, silly jokes, gestures, and indigenous terms such as gbegiri. If "The Wedding Party" were to be a clumsily made film, it would still coast on the appeal of its likeable cast and characters. From RMD, Ali Baba, Sobowale and Doyle to Banky W, Etomi, Frank Donga, Emma Ohmygod, Somkele, Saka, AY Makun, Zainab Balogun, the producers and director of the movie chose the right cast.

The relationship between a movie and songs are inseparable, and with the "The Wedding Party," the right Nigerian songs are paired to encapsulate the mood of the story, adding life to the movie. For a movie that has screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and Joburg Film Festival, the appropriate use of music in "The Wedding Party" further takes the Nigerian music to a foreign audience.

The direction is excellent. Adetiba doesn't let her picture dwadle. The movie kicks off exciting the audience, and moves at a pace that makes it interesting to watch. "The Wedding Party" has more hits than misfires. It offers enough laughs to overshadow its flaws and should bring a smile to anyone who has planned, attended or had a Nigerian wedding.


After seeing the movie; the wedding party I was blown away. This is because asides the movie been an entertaining and comedy filled piece, it also passed a message and the movie ended really well. One of my fears as I saw the movie was that the movie wasn't going to end well. I could see the struggle in maintaining a standard piece and the director did a whole lot well trying to keep the balance. It wasn't a charade of fun comedy and laughter because there were a lot of lessons to learn as well. The wedding party is one of the best nollywood movies I have seen in a long while. The wedding party has a movie rating of 9/10 from Review Rites Nigeria.

Big shout out to Chidumga Izuzu

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