EbonyLife Films’ 2019 December special, Your Excellency is officially ready for consumption and in all fairness, it’s a mouthful.
It was two hours of asking what the hell I was watching, snorting at the audacity of first time director, Funke Akindele who decided to pull the narcissistic card to finally concluding it wasn’t such a bad one.
The biggest win for Your Excellency is supposedly its humor. Seeing as some scenes will guarantee the snuffing out of whatever shred of humor the previous scene had initiated, it’s safe to say it thrives as a Satire.
The satirical representation of Donald Trump’s presidential race, the Nigerian scratch my back, I rub your scrotum style of politics all wrapped up in the craze for social media relevance.
By the way, bloggers are Marlians!
Your Excellency is a political comedy based on the rise to prominence of a presidential aspirant slash Donald Trump wannabe, Lekan Ajadi (Akin Lewis). Lekan is the most unlikely candidate for the job placed side by side by his young and vibrant contender, Michael Idehen (Deyemi Okanlawon).
Like Trump, he hasn’t learned the rudiments of decorum and composure fit for a presidential candidate plus, he loves Twitter. But, Ajadi is unlike Trump in a number of ways as his wife, Kemi Ajadi (Funke Akindele) points out. He doesn’t disrespect women, has a good head for alcohol and has the respect and love of his wife. Ultimately, Ajadi beats the odds by dancing his way into the hearts of voters. The typical Zero to Hero Nigerian dream!
A story as scintillating as Your Excellency can be forgiven of just any crime. Forgiveness, however kind, does not translate to the resolution of ambiguity. Eku Edewor‘s character is one ambiguous fellow.
Understandably, Channel 165 is the nation’s only channel and Eki of Eki Talks, a politics themed TV show is its only Anchor. This explains how she conveniently swings from politics to celebrity gossip at will.
Thankfully, advert placement improves by a long shot in this production. Conspicuous closeups? Yes. But, we were spared one of those “We are from Keystone Bank… ” (Chief Daddy) lines.
Off record, I understand that over the years, Funke Akindele’s brand has found a way to get entangled in her onscreen character, so much that one can barely tell one from the other. Still, I wasn’t expecting to sight, smell or imagine Funke or Jenifa in Your Excellency. The shocker is that Funke not only creates a Cameo for Jenifa with that cheesy phone ringtone, but she also finds a way of hinting us of how many followers her Instagram account currently entertains coupled with a clip from an old movie.
I did say off the RECORD right?