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This Is My Desire (2020)

Eyimofe (original title)
In Lagos, Nigeria, tragedy and fate intervene as two people try to better the lives of their families.


Arie Esiri, Chuko Esiri


Chuko Esiri
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Emmanuel Adeji Emmanuel Adeji ... Blessing
Mary Agholor Mary Agholor ... Gloria
Kemi Lala Akindoju ... Mary
Lala Akindoju Lala Akindoju ... Hope
Kalibe Akinkugbe Kalibe Akinkugbe ... Lola
Ivy Akinyode Ivy Akinyode ... Luciana
Jude Akuwudike ... Mofe
Jacob Alexander ... Peter
Temiloluwa Ami-Williams Temiloluwa Ami-Williams ... Rosa
Ashia Ashia ... Sisi Mrs Tejuoso
Ejike Asiegbu Ejike Asiegbu ... Goddey
Chiemela Azurunwa Chiemela Azurunwa ... Doctor
Sadiq Daba Sadiq Daba ... Jakpor
Derby Derby ... Angela
Cynthia Ebijie Cynthia Ebijie ... Grace


Tragedy and fate intervene as two Nigerians try to better the lives of their families. Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) is a film about two people's quest for what they believe will be a better life on foreign shores. After Mofe loses his family and Rosa fails to deliver on a promise, their travel plans collapse forcing them to reconsider living abroad. As time passes and wounds heal, they learn the future they desperately seek can be built at home. Written by Eyimofe Production Team

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Powerful and deeply human film
15 November 2020 | by joannategnerowiczSee all my reviews

"Eyimofe" focuses on the hopes, desires and struggles of ordinary Lagosians, forced to daily confront a bleak world ruled by money and largely desensitized to human suffering.

It depicts the lives and problems of its main characters, Mofe and Rosa, with gritty realism and in a very engrossing way, with some unexpected plot twists and without a moment of boredom. The stories of the two protagonists are brilliantly and poignantly interwoven. The movie also renders the atmosphere of Lagos so compellingly that one feels literally transported to the city.

Mofe's inner strength, integrity, quiet dignity and stoicism are profoundly moving, though he is seemingly a man like millions of others. And one can't help being enthralled by the proud Rosa's attempts to change her and her sister's life for the better.

All the characters in the film seem very authentic - and often as inscrutable as real-life humans. Many of the characters elude any attempts at a simplistic classification into good people and villains, though it is clear that the most powerful ones are also the most ruthless and the most callous.

To me, the most fascinating and admirable character - apart from Mofe - was the landlord Vincent. It is easy to misjudge him, but his humanity touched me on a very deep level. Thanks to characters like him the heart-warming possibility of hope and solidarity always remains present in this film. This is a very beautiful and thought-provoking movie which I can highly recommend to everyone.

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