ENYINNA NWIGWE MORPHS INTO IBB FOR ‘BADAMASI: PORTRAIT OF A GENERAL’

Having physically transformed into the 1980s version of former Nigerian Army General, Ibrahim Badamasi Babaginda, Enyinna Nwigwe must now prove that he deserves to be one of Nollywood’s greatest acts.

This role is a do or die affair. The movie- a wild card. It better be good or it turns out to be one big joke. There’s hardly any in-between – Justice Okwudike, FASHIONISTA! Magazine.

It’s refreshing to see Enyinna take a break from the cliché “lover boy” to take on something a bit more harsh, a bit more gritty (although he appears in well ironed military uniforms). New  comer, Gerald Adele plays a younger Enyinna (Badamasi) in this film and while the resemblance can pass for uncanny, we hope the delivery connects the years apart although we have other pressing concerns at this time.

Side by side: Enyinna (Badamasi) and his younger version played by Gerald Adele. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM

Only in recent time has Nollywood mastered the art of epic set designs- one where we don’t have to see a plastic gallon, a sticker or phone number on the wall or other more modern elements making their way into clips in a movie supposedly set in stone or iron age. But movies set in more relative eras hardly come out without several visible flops- some elements are either too old to be in the particular time space or some made their way back in a time machine.

On set: Director Obi Emelonye, lead actor- Enyinna Nwigwe and extras. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM
Behind the scene: ‘Badamasi’ played by Enyinna Nwigwe inspects a line of officers in true ‘General’ style.

A lot of logistics goes into ensuring the viewers are taken back to the real time of occurrence; creating an era far back before now, we recall Kunle Afolayan’s October 1.

The audience are more keen to details and the older generation watching this film will be quick to say, “that is not IBB!” if God forbid, Enyinna misses a voice pitch, accent or mannerism, reminding the millennials, “they don’t know history”.

It would take an intelligent and talented actor to deliver the role of IBB as we, as Africa would want to see it. We hope Enyinna is enough.

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