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Movie Review: ‘A Tribe Called Judah’: A Masterpiece Of Drama, Comedy & Suspense

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A Tribe Called Judah‘ takes viewers on a journey through the deep relationships of a Nigerian family, expertly integrating aspects of drama, comedy, and suspense.

Movie Title: A Tribe Called Judah

Running Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes

Release Date: December 15, 2023

Directors: Adeoluwa Owu, Funke Akindele-Bello

Producer: Funke Akindele-Bello

Cast: Funke Akindele, Jide Kene Achufusi, Timini Egbuson, Uzee Usman, Tobi Makinde, Olumide Oworu, Ebelle Okaro, Uzor Arukwe, Nse Ikpe Etim, Genoveva Umeh, Faithia Williams, Nosa Rex, Greg Ojefua, Ibrahim Yekini, and Boma Akpore.

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Over the last three years, Funke Akindele has consistently set new records and achieved significant milestones with her blockbuster films, such as ‘Omo Ghetto the Saga‘ (2020) and ‘Battle on the Buka Street‘ (2022).

Both films have been recognised as the highest-grossing films in Nollywood history, with ‘Omo Ghetto the Saga’ generating over ₦636 million and ‘Battle on the Buka Street’ surpassing ₦668 million at the box office.

Continuing her successful run, Funke Akindele’s latest Christmas release, ‘A Tribe Called Judah,’ has once again created history by achieving the largest opening for both a Funke Akindele film and a Nollywood production, collecting ₦122 million at the box office in less than two weeks. This information is based on the records of the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria.

‘A Tribe Called Judah’ is a family drama that resonates with the audience on multiple levels. Without exaggeration, it’s fair to say that Funke Akindele has surpassed her standards with this production.

The story revolves around an intriguing conflict in a low-to-middle-income family. Raised by a single mother, five sons with different fathers depict the familiar dynamics of good, bad, ugly, and worst experiences inherent in every family.

The Plot

The movie begins with Jedidah Judah, a single mother of five boys, starting her day with morning prayers. After praying, she anoints pictures of her sons, seeking God’s protection over them.

Jedidah is portrayed as not only a prayerful mother but also a strong and supportive pillar in her community. Her reputation is built on hard work and supportive roles within her neighbourhood.

In terms of support, Jedidah had assisted Linda, a woman in the community, in starting a small pepper business. However, this act did not sit well with Linda’s husband, Papa Michael, who destroyed the business and physically abused Linda.

When Jedidah intervened, Papa Michael redirected his aggression towards her, calling her names and threatening to harm her. Unfortunately, he slapped her in the presence of her youngest child, Ejiro. Without hesitation, Ejiro immediately contacted his brothers, collectively known as the tribe called Judah.

Emeka, the eldest son, works as a sales representative at a mall. His father, Kalu, impregnated Jedidah and then relocated, leaving Emeka to be raised by his grandmother.

Adamu, the second son, is a security guard at the mall. His father, Bako, from Kano, rejected Jedidah due to religious differences, leading to his departure and subsequent remarriage in Kano.

Shina, the third child, has a troubled past as a hoodlum. His father, Lekan, was a lesson teacher to his elder siblings and eloped with Jedidah after Shina’s birth.

Pere, the fourth child, engages in petty theft. His father, Boma, married Jedidah but passed away.

The youngest son, Ejiro, is a painter and a lover-boy born from a bar romance and a one-night stand during a difficult time in Jedidah’s life.

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Despite the diverse backgrounds of the children, the family faces a crisis when Jedidah’s health deteriorates due to consuming unhealthy sachet-packed spirit drinks. She develops kidney disease, and her children must raise N18 million for her operation and N100,000 weekly for dialysis. Complicating matters, Emeka loses his job while trying to care for his mother’s health.

In a desperate attempt to save their mother, the siblings decide to rob Emeka’s ex-boss, known for money laundering. The story unfolds as they navigate through challenges in pursuit of their goal.

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Character Analysis

The core of the movie revolves around the compelling theme of a single mother dealing with challenging children, resonating strongly with both the audience and the actors in ‘A Tribe Called Judah’.

The film brings together a diverse cast of Nollywood performers from different ethnic backgrounds to portray the united family of Judah. The siblings, listed in descending order, include Emeka (Jide Kene Achufusi), Adamu (Uzee Usman), Shina (Tobi Makinde), Pere (Timini Egbuson), and Ejiro (Olumide Oworu).

Jide Kene Achufusi, known for his roles as Nnamdi Okeke in Living in Bondage: Breaking Free and Chidi in Kambili: The Whole 30 Yards, authentically embraces his Igbo identity in his portrayal of Emeka. Uzee Usman, taking on the role of Adamu, brings a dedicated commitment to his character.

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Emeka (Jide Kene Achufusi) and Adamu (Uzee Usman) 

However, the standout performances come from Tobi Makinde, Timini Egbuson, and Olumide Oworu.

Makinde, portraying Shina, a hoodlum with a comedic touch, brings subtle deep delivery to his character. Egbuson, departing from his usual lover-boy persona, delivers a captivating performance, while Oworu, portraying Ejiro, the mischievous lastborn and lover boy, showcases impeccable acting skills.

At the heart of the Judah family is Funke Akindele, embodying Jedidiah Judah. Initially portrayed with excessiveness, her character evolves into a quietly honest portrayal as the film progresses.

Beyond the Judah family, Uzor Arukwe delivers a noteworthy performance as the antagonist, Chidokie, the Chairman of C and K Furniture.

Playing Emeka’s boss involved in money laundering, Arukwe adds humour and authenticity to the character, avoiding stereotypical roles by injecting humour into serious situations. His portrayal of the loud, semi-literate Igbo businessman with struggling English and a lively personality is both truthful and unpredictable.

Review

‘A Tribe Called Judah’ takes its audience on a captivating journey through the intricate dynamics of a Nigerian family, skillfully weaving elements of drama, comedy, and a touch of suspense.

The movie’s narrative strength lies in its storytelling, efficiently introducing central characters and themes in the first act. The universal value of a mother’s love adds depth to the story of a single mother grappling with her problematic yet relatable children.

As the plot unfolds, the impending adversity of Jedidah’s illness becomes a catalyst for the family’s unity. Despite occasional melodrama, the story’s ability to create and resolve conflicts, introducing more complex challenges, maintains engaging momentum.

The chemistry among the diverse ensemble cast significantly contributes to the film’s authenticity, reflecting the brotherhood and unity in diversity resonant in Nigerian society. The movie effectively portrays the multiethnic structure of Nigeria and underscores the importance of unity.

Impressive visuals capture the essence of Nigerian landscapes and settings, providing a vivid backdrop for the characters’ lives. The soundtrack, while subtly enhancing the viewing experience, could have been more prominently featured to intensify emotional moments.

Well-executed subplots, particularly those involving Ejiro, his girlfriend, Shinene, and his gang, add layers to the narrative. The skilful blend of humour, emotion, and suspense ensures viewers embark on a transformative journey with the characters, setting this movie apart. It evokes moments of laughter, sadness, and action.

The movie successfully justifies each character’s journey, offering the audience a sense of connection and understanding. ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ manages to surprise, defying predictable expectations and delivering a palatable cinematic experience.

Rating: 8/10

‘A Tribe Called Judah’ is a testament that Nigerian filmmakers can craft compelling scripts with well-defined characterization.

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John Cena Opens OnlyFans Account Promising “SPICY Pics And Vids”

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Through a link shared on his Twitter account, John Cena promises fans a different side of himself, linked to his character in the R-rated dramedy. On his OnlyFans page, fans find content related to Cena’s character in the film, described as a versatile figure with various roles and experiences.

In “Ricky Stanicky,” Cena portrays the titular character, an X-rated impersonator hired by friends to embody their fictional friend. The film blends humour and drama, with Cena taking on daring stunts. The OnlyFans account is free to subscribe to but has an age restriction, requiring users to be 18 or older due to the platform’s adult content nature.

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The account cleverly uses OnlyFans’ associations with adult content for movie promotion, incorporating age restrictions and credit card requirements. Content on the page includes teasers from the film, such as Cena dressed as Britney Spears in a provocative scene.

This unconventional marketing approach has intrigued Cena’s global fanbase, generating excitement for the film’s release. John Cena’s venture into OnlyFans demonstrates his versatility as an entertainer and willingness to engage with fans in innovative ways. Fans, especially those in Nigeria, are eagerly anticipating more surprises from Cena’s OnlyFans page and the release of “Ricky Stanicky.”

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Beyoncé Launches New Cécred Hair Brand

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Amidst the multitude of celebrities entering the beauty industry with their lines of cosmetics and skincare products, Beyoncé’s followers have been eagerly anticipating her debut with Cécred. For years, numerous stars have dabbled in this field, leaving many to wonder when Queen Bey herself would finally make her mark in the beauty aisle with her products.

Nine long months after hinting at something extraordinary on Instagram, Beyoncé’s highly anticipated brand, Cécred, has finally arrived. Back in May 2023, she sent her devoted fans, the BeyHive, abuzz with excitement by announcing the creation of “something special” that she was eager to unveil. And now, the wait is over!

Cécred has been launched and is ready to be explored and enjoyed by all.

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Arriving on the scene with a bang, the new haircare brand unveils its Foundation Collection, a powerful eight-product lineup dedicated to transforming hair tresses.

From gentle cleansing to deep conditioning, each formula has been promised to work its magic to visibly repair and revitalize hair, leaving it looking and feeling its absolute best.

The iconic singer behind the smash hit “Halo” has always held a deep love for haircare. Her passion blossomed while she was young, diligently sweeping floors in her mother’s bustling salon.

This early exposure to hairstyling undoubtedly sparked an enduring flame, making her involvement in this exciting project a perfect fit. Tina Knowles proudly steps into the role of vice chairwoman for Cécred, armed with four decades of valuable knowledge as a hairstylist, salon owner, and savvy entrepreneur.

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In a stunning cover feature for ESSENCE magazine’s March/April edition, superstar Beyoncé echoed the sentiment of self-discovery, delving deeper into her exciting new business venture.

She highlighted the profound impact her childhood spent in her mother’s salon had on her growth as both an individual and an artist.

This formative experience is beautifully captured in stunning photographs by renowned photographer Andre D. Wagner.

The photo shoot included a particularly touching image featuring her, her mother, Ms. Tina, and her daughters, Blue and Rumi.

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Beyoncé Shares Why She Cut off Her Hair After Becoming A Mom

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Music legend Beyoncé, whose influence extends far beyond the stage with initiatives like BeyGOOD and fashion line IVY PARK, is venturing into the world of hair care. Her brand new line, Cécred (a clever combination of her name), launched on February 20th. This exciting addition to her empire comes with a rare interview in Essence Magazine, where the “Renaissance” star shares a glimpse into her personal journey with hair, particularly after motherhood.

In a recent interview, Queen Bey shed light on the powerful emotions behind her dramatic hair transformation in 2013. The iconic singer, known for her cascading tresses, surprised fans by chopping off her hair into a daring pixie cut. This wasn’t just a style change—it was a symbolic shedding of expectations and societal pressures.

According to Beyoncé,

“I remember the day I decided to just cut all my hair off, I didn’t have a particular style in mind. It wasn’t an aesthetic choice, but it was a very big emotional transformation and metamorphosis that I was going through. So much of my identity as a performer has been connected to flowing hair. Cutting my hair off was me rebelling against being this woman that society thinks I’m supposed to be.”

Newly a mother, the singer remembered feeling a powerful urge to break free from societal expectations. She felt motherhood had granted her the freedom to shed those burdens. Beyoncé recalled her friend and hairstylist, Neal Farinah, feeling surprised at her decision, especially since she had long, thick, and healthy hair.

” It was a physical representation of me shedding the expectations put upon me,” she said.

“I just got the scissors and chopped it off. It was very intentional. And it was what I needed to do.”

For Beyoncé, this bold step sparked a newfound bravery and led her to make many other daring decisions in her life and career. This decision has shaped her into the person she is today.

The celebrity revealed glimpses of her childhood spent observing her mother, Tina Knowles, weave magic with hair in her salon. This experience, she shared, instilled in her a deep appreciation for haircare, a tradition proudly carried forward within their family.

“I saw her shampooing and trimming hair, transforming women, leaving them feeling really good,” Beyoncé recalled.

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