Mokalik is director, Kunle Afolayan‘s latest flick rendered one hundred percent in the Yoruba language. Mokalik is an example of creative writing, apt research made even more impressive by beautiful visuals.
I must warn you, this movie isn’t designed to excite you or make you roll off your chairs from laughing too hard. It shares some laughs (prime and valuable to the story’s progression) but much more informative and able to incite conversation.
Mokalik follows a day in the life of a brilliant youngster, Ponmile (Tooni Afolayan) who isn’t quite book smart. In order to discover where his true passion lies, his father makes him spend a day working as an apprentice in a community styled mechanic workshop.
Of all the reasons to enjoy this movie, some should include its cast, visuals, and its story. The story raises the question of formal education and the very Nigerian perception that informal education (learning a trade) is inferior to the former. Kamoru (Hamzat Sheriffdeen) points this out in his argument about Mechanical Engineering graduates who still rely on technicians to repair their bulbs.
Another feature to appreciate is this flick’s management of time and scenes. Every scene is as it should be- links leading to the story’s big picture.
As is the norm with Kunle Afolayan’s movies, culture always has a place. Mokalik isn’t an exception.
Did I mention that acting is superb? The actors are a real joy to behold. Most fascinating is Toyosi Oguntoye who plays Otunba, the son of the workshop’s Chairman. Otunba has Down Syndrome/Autism and Oguntoye delivers this character impeccably.
The movie also stars songstress Simi who plays her namesake in the movie. Thankfully, this celeb feature isn’t a mistake (something I can’t say about Afolayan’s last Cinema release; The Bridge that starred Chidinma. Read Review ).
Simi is a natural with her delivery. You can never fault her vocals so that can’t even come into our conversation.
Ultimately, don’t take my word for it, watch it!