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Chief Daddy

Chief Daddy is a Nollywood movie produced by Temidayo Abudu and Queen Martins and Directed by Niyi Akinmolayan. It was released December 14th and has currently grossed over N300 million though it just left the cinema’s yesterday.
Chief Daddy was grabbed by popular movie streaming service Netflix last week due to its high demand.
The popular comedy movie is known to have a huge star power which includes Beverly Naya, Beverly Osu, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Falz, Funke Akindele, Ini Edo, Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw, Nkem Owoh, Patience Ozokwor, Rachel Oniga, Richard Mofe Damijo and Zainab Balogun.

Plot
The movie tells the story of billionaire businesses man chief Beecroft who was a well known philanthropist and polygamist father.
Chief Daddy as he was fondly called soon dies and his family thrown into shambles as they struggle for his wealth.
In order to keep the peace Beecroft orders that before his will be read, all his family members would leave in the same house and plan his funeral without making a caucus of it on the D day.

Themes
Family: Chief Daddy though not a proper role model had a huge value for family. He knew he wasn’t the best father as he only provided the needs of his family thus; he tried to bring all his family together after his death.
Wealth: the movie deals with mans unending quest for wealth even when its at the detriment of their family members. Thus, each member of the family tries various methods to accumulate wealth from the death of the beloved Chief Daddy.
Polygamy: though in a very subtle way the movie passes the message that polygamy was not a very easy venture.
Love: this is seen between Damilare Kofi Mensah and Adaora

High points
The first family meeting where his pre will instructions were read was one of the high points of the movie as it introduced us to the various characters in the movie.
The role of Singer Falz who acted as Femi Beecroft was well played. He was able to steadily stay tuned to the terrible British accent he spoke. Many believed he might have been taking jabs at Nigerian singers who came from wealthy homes but are less talented. His song ‘moving car’ though very funny can be likened to many Nigerian songs that have little lyrics but with a good marketer and beat become hit singles.
Roles of Shoffa Donatus and Madam Pat which was played by veterans Nkem Owoh and Patience Ozokwor were very likeable. They both played over zealous employee’s who were also at each other’s toes. Even after the death of Chief Daddy, they still were cat and dogs though on a milder tone.
The burial ceremony was a well played one. it had various high points ranging from Femi’s performance to that of the wives and then Lady Kay Beecroft’s very explosive outburst. Let’s not forget the undertakers and catering awful services.

Critics
The ending scene: the woman who appeared in the ending was totally unnecessary. Who was she, what did she want are questions that are still unknown till date. Many argue that maybe its role to keep the audience in suspense was not properly delivered as it left the audience in confusion.
Too many high profiled acts with little roles: there movie was characterised by many high profiled names who did little or nothing in the movie. Many believed that it was a PR stunt to attract viewers as big names attract more audience.
Language and interpretation: its quiet understandable that we are trying to promote indigenous language but then, Nigeria is multi ethnic thus, many didn’t understand some of the languages spoken.
The movie‘s story line was a well articulated one that was not properly delivered as much more could have been done.
Well it can be said that the director Niyi Akinmolayan has great difficulty in delivering great scripts but is good at marketing as is seen in the bad delivery of Wedding party 2.

Final Verdict
Chief Daddy was a very good hit as it was able to accumulate over 300 million in ten days though its cinematography was a bit down played.
But then we are all moving mad and before we judge the question still remains, ‘who’s your daddy’?

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