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Osuofia in London (2003)

| Comedy, Drama | Video 2003
'Osuofia in London' offers a variation on an old story: a country bumpkin comes to town, where city slickers try -- and ultimately fail -- to take advantage of him and steal his money. ... See full synopsis »

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Kingsley Ogoro

Writer:

Kingsley Ogoro
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Nkem Owoh Nkem Owoh ... Osuofia
Sebastian Hall Sebastian Hall ... Ben Okafor
Mara Ashton Mara Ashton ... Samantha (as Mara Derwent)
Charles Angiama Charles Angiama ... Mr. Charles
Francis Odega Francis Odega ... Donatus (archive footage)
Cynthia Okereke Cynthia Okereke ... Osuofia's Wife
Victoria Summers Victoria Summers ... Osuofia's Daughter
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'Osuofia in London' offers a variation on an old story: a country bumpkin comes to town, where city slickers try -- and ultimately fail -- to take advantage of him and steal his money.

Osuofia lives in a village in south-eastern Nigeria where he talks a lot and drinks a lot of palm wine. His main occupation is as a hunter, at which he is spectacularly unsuccessful. He is hounded by his creditors, and henpecked by his massive wife and five grown-up daughters.

Then one day a lawyer's letter arrives to tell him that a long-forgotten brother has died in Britain, leaving him all his money. Osuofia has to go to London to claim his inheritance.

This allows the director to have a lot of fun as Osuofia comes face to face with modern plumbing, a full English breakfast, a butler called Jeeves and a park full of pigeons, which finally arouse his hunter's instincts.

Meanwhile the crooked lawyer and his glamorous accomplice Samantha (a flame-haired temptress with a disconcerting resemblance to the ...

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Nigeria

Language:

English

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2003 (Nigeria) See more »

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Superb movie!!
1 June 2006 | by dejableueSee all my reviews

This has got to be the best made movie to come out of Nigeria, not to mention hilariously funny! It seamlessly interweaves the story of two very different people - a Nigerian villager and a proper British woman - with coherence, continuity and content that most Nigerian movies lack. Each of Usuofia and Samantha has the opportunity to live in the other's domain (see part 2) and the movie does justice to the cultural difficulties experienced by each. Well worth your time.

To thoroughly enjoy this movie (and its sequel), one would have to be vaguely familiar with the Nigerian culture. Anyone however, can understand and follow what's happening.

Downside: there are relatively high variations in volume and noise levels throughout the movie making some of what is said difficult to decipher; some of the camera shots were also wacky. If you can ignore those few things, you're in for a ride!


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