Movie review: Hakkunde by Oluseyi Asurf

Yesterday I saw my life play on a large screen inside the discrete room. I sank into a chair with a bottle of water and embraced the reality of my being; an unemployed graduate lost in the world of opportunities and blinded by the irregularities of his environment. I laughed at my foolishness over the years, frowned at my soul for the wasted chances, and found hope in the possibility of a new opportunity. I saw the movie Hakkunde. No, I am Hakkunde, save the happy ending (for now).

This movie ranks as the most motivating I have seen this year, not for its great production quality but because it serves as a reminder of who I am and what so many unemployed youths in Nigeria go through daily. It establishes the fact that all we need to be were we ought to be is on the other side of fear. I just have to add that it also impacts the impression that the distance between where we stand and our perfect destination is a half way away. When we do not chase our dreams, it stays further away. When we do not pursue purpose, we become indebted to hope.

Akande, an Animal Scientist whom society and family highlighted as a lowlife grasped his life my the wrist and took charge of his future. He had the choice to continually choke it, he didn’t. My favorite character, Aunty Yetunde expressed in 3D how squatting with a family member can go from comfortable to chaotic. In most cases to remind you that you can’t cheat on your life, you are forever married to you.

“Inu igbe lowo wa – wealth is hidden beneath dirts.” Hakkunde in details teaches that wealth accumulation isn’t a process of luxury. Sometimes you have to do the things that irritates you (not illegally). Fortune is a seed on everyone’s palm, knowing where and when to sow is all that matters. Pressure to conform to societal routine may ruin your chances of making it big. Akande left Lagos (the land of opportunities) for Kaduna to trade in cow shit. Fame sought is hard work and crowned him with relevance.

“Ibere kii se onise – it’s better to end well than you begin.” The movie strikes a solemn chord. Beginning is always tough and coated with several reasons for you to stop. The kind of difficulty that stares at you and screams failure, for the fear of the unknown. You have to keep faith in yourself. “Bi iku ile oba pani, t’ode o le pani – if the enemy within doesn’t kill you, the one outside doesn’t stand a chance.” Hakkunde – you are all you need to be who you need to be. Reminds me of my upcoming novel, Journey to The Future. Life will always twist you, adjust.

Characters were awesome, Toyin Abraham delivered with so much energy. Frank Donga was perfect to express how much fun pain can be when you don’t let it become suffering. The transition from Lagos to Kaduna, Yoruba to Hausa was dope. It is a wholesome tale of love, long suffering and a strong message against stigmatization. Aisha reminds me of what some of the young married women go through. Education is key but knowledge is power. Mama Bukky Ajayi of priceless memory delivered adequately the role of a relentless mother. Hakkunde is a worthy tribute to her. She will be proud to see her Legacies outlive her.

Several years from today, someone else will stand where you are. Where you are won’t matter then, who you are will make the statement. Seyi Law embraced the placard of the men before him (you just have to see the movie to understand). Continuity Aye!

Great job by the writers, Tomi Adesina delivered on the screenplay. Judith Audu and Abidemi Oderinlo are on the team, I didn’t expect less. Seyi Asurf himself burst into a scene with pure water, it cracked me up. No details were spared. The soundtrack got me dancing with Dear Future Wife in my dream.


“Ina Sunki – I love you.”


By Femi Fragile

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