5 Inappropriate Messages that the Chief Daddy Movie Passed Across to Thousands of Viewers

Source: The Guardian

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Oya gather here for a selfie if like me, you couldn’t wait to watch Chief Daddy after all the rave about it. The movie was directed by Niyi Akinmolayan and produced by Mo Abudu. It featured…actually never mind. It’s easier to list who it didn’t feature, because kilode? All of Nollywood was in the movie, which almost made it a chaotic mess. Imagine our favorite, Bisola Aiyeola, had one little non-talking scene, which she still managed to make funny as hell, but that’s besides the point. Before we blinked, fiam, she was out of our screens!

I know you still want to know, so here are a few of many that were on the cast – Patience Ozokwor, Nkem Owoh (his expressions alone are enough to get me laughing), Kate Henshaw-Nuttal (our slim and slender aunty that has refused to age), Richard Mofe-Damijo, Joke Silva, Taiwo Obileye, Bisola Aiyeola (my favorite of course), Dakore Egbuson, Funke Akindele (aka Jenifa) , Zainab Balogun (my other favorite!), Shaffy Bello (our ever stylish mama), Ini Edo, Linda Ihuoma-Suleiman, Falz, Mawuli Gavor, Beverly Naya (she was so cute with Mawuli), and there was even more!

My ratings for the Chief Daddy movie: Overall 5/10, Storyline 2/10, Acting 8/10, Cinematography 9/10.

Three things I loved about the movie. 1) It was good comedy, and laughter is such good medicine for the soul. I laughed so hard, I woke up my sleeping infant twice. 2) Acting was good, because hello, they used the best of Nollywood. 3) Picture quality was good.

What I didn’t like. If you’re on social media, you’ve already heard that the movie’s storyline sucks. As in, it was majorly flat. There were so many opportunities to elevate the story or add unexpected twists and dimensions, but nope…didn’t happen. Beyond the floppy storyline and unrealistic ending that made no sense, here are 5 subtle messages I saw in the movie, that made me cringe.

  1. Infidelity by a man is tolerated. So Chief Daddy dies in the first scene “or so” of the movie, and his lawyer gathers his family and concubines for a meeting based on instructions in his will. The way it was played out, infidelity was presented as normal and permissible. It annoyed me because this is a real issue, and many women (and men) are hurting because of infidelity.
  2. A man can make decisions without his wife. As per head of his household shenanigans, abi?right? So we find out Sisi Ice cream is not Chief Daddy’s girlfriend, but is actually his adopted child. Like that’s supposed to make the situation better? No it doesn’t, because it left me wondering why Chief Daddy’s wife was not aware that he had adopted not a puppy, but a whole entire human being?!
  3. Disrespecting your subordinates is okay. There were two instances where people slapped their subordinates. I’m talking the kind of slap that will reset your brain. First, Madam Pat slapped Chief Daddy’s gate man up and out of his sleep. Then Ekanem, one of Chief Daddy’s concubines, slapped her gate man when it took him too long to open the gate for her. No ma’ams, learn to express yourselves with your words. I guess it was intended to be part of the comedy, but I didn’t find it funny at all.
  4. It is okay to chicken out of owning your mistakes. The beginning of the movie painted an image of Chief Daddy being a man that many people looked up to, especially his family and staff. But my level of respect for him went down the drain after I realized he intentionally waited till his death to own up to his “mistakes” in a letter tied to his will. No sir, real men don’t do that.
  5. Money matters more than feelings. There was no true mourning. The movie went from Chief Daddy dying to lots of fights while planning his funeral, to reading the will. There were no hugs shared and the news of Chief Daddy’s death was broken to some in the most insensitive ways. Even the funeral ceremony was a display of drama and iranu.nonsense

That’s it, guys. A short recap of the movie, mostly to say the things on my mind. Have you watched or do you intend to watch the movie? Let me know what you think about it in the comments section.

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44 thoughts on “5 Inappropriate Messages that the Chief Daddy Movie Passed Across to Thousands of Viewers

  1. We saw it the other day since so many people were talking about it. Wish I could get the 1.5 hours of my life back. I was willing to forgive the weak story line if it made me laugh deliriously, it didn’t 😒. Idk, didn’t find it funny and the way that man completely disrespected his wife…wow. I even though about how it’s on Netflix and how the whole world might think Nigerians think all that nonsense is ok. Thanks for the recap, now I know I’m not alone in the “didn’t love it” camp.

  2. Not watched the movie and your review just refueled my non existent interest not to watch it lol
    I wonder if the editors intended for the points you raised to be lessons for the public smh
    Lovely write up btw

  3. Lovely review! I came here straight from Instagram. Love your hair btw! This review is detailed and I appreciate it. I doubt I’ll watch it..my friends who are into movies critiqued its storyline also. Your complaints still reflect that Nollywood needs to add valuable lessons to their storylines. It’s 2019! It’s okay to reflect negative things going on in society but have a plot resolution that corrects it. I’m doing Wills this week in Law School and trust me the movie mirrors some cases we’ve assessed. Just sad and wrong. Cinematography doesn’t matter if no empowering message is beautifully passed along Nollywood.

    • Gbam! “Cinematography doesn’t matter if no empowering message is beautifully passed along”. Very correct. I wouldn’t generalize this to the entire Nollywood. I’ve watched several with positive messages….a good example is Lionheart, which subtly passed across profound messages. All the best with Law school, and thank you so much for reading!

  4. I was not impressed sha… I think if we can just sprinkle small effort in our story line…I am sha going to watch those Yoruba or Bini movies on YouTube🤣🤣🤣

  5. Girl your hair is gorgeous …. u re good rating that story line 2/10 I will give 1/10 seriously that was time wasted. The comedy was fine but the disrespect of that man toward his wife was so wrong … Seriously and how do u adopt a whole human being without your wife knowing who does stuff like that seriously

  6. I still like a lot of african man hide their infidelity to something happen and other woman started coming out with their kids to say that he is the father of my kids .. ….I have seen it happen in my family back home and it is so sad you know ……. My thing is if u re ashamed to ask for a divorce or get out of the marriage at least owned up to your infidelity and let people instead of us waiting for your death before we find out the real truth

  7. I was thinking of watching it yesterday but ended up watching The Boy who Harnessed the Wind. Sounds like I made a good choice. Thanks for saving me 2hrs as now I know I shouldn’t even consider it in future

  8. I HATED this movie!!
    They took some of our best talents and made them act out a really bad movie.
    We really didn’t need a movie like this! We could have lived well without it.
    EL Movies need to stop with these movies that are half- baked with a lot of ‘stars’.
    These lessons are so apt! Every single one.
    Loved this review!

  9. Funny how I didn’t notice all of this given the type of person I am lol. Thanks for highlighting. Bisola’s issue shouldn’t be a case, actors and actresses make ‘appearances’ once in a while.

  10. Gosh…. the fact that they did not mourn for Chief Daddy, but rather lamented over his money really killed me.

    And am I the only one confused about the ending? Like…. who was that random lady pulling up to the estate?!


    Love your review!!!

  11. There’s no doubt Nollywood needs a serious revamp.
    This was a really helpful review but I think they were brutally honest in the “money matters more than feelings” part. In Nigeria and I’m speaking from personal experience, when a rich relative dies there’s no real display of sympathy especially from the extended family. In most cases, what exists is a power tussle for wealth.
    God help us.

  12. Okay, I didn’t know about Chief Daddy until 2 weeks ago when someone else was watching it. Trust Nigerian’s with hyping things up! Please do and review Lion Heart 🙂

    Thanks for the recap, girl. I am with you all the way. When will we learn that the ills of infidelity cross gender lines? Also, money matters in Naija is on a different level. My first comment when I saw the last scent (Will reading) was – ‘ How can people be so excited over someone else’s wealth?’ Were they praying for him to die?

    I rest my case.

    • Read a recap of Lionheart on WordPress a while ago and I can’t seem to find it anymore. It properly captured my thoughts so I didn’t bother. Per the money matter, me self I rest my case too.

  13. After the hype!!!!! it still didn’t make sense at all….I just wasted my money,I was so annoyed!
    Your review of the movie is correct!
    They intended for it to be funny but it really wasn’t if you ask me 🤷🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️

  14. Well I watched the movie and I loved it cause it was a huge barrel of laughs😂…
    My major problems were BigmoniFamzy and his total disrespect for elders as well as Chief Daddy’s infidelity…
    It’s an amazing review anyway…

  15. I found this movie cynical. It portrayed the greedy ugly side of humans but in a beautiful picture.

    It was superficially built and very cringy for me for most of the same reasons this article cites.
    I liked learning Nigerian words and really loved the women’s fashion. Especially the official wife’s blue gown at the first meeting. Then the funeral omg the dresses and the headpieces. I really liked the acting given the restraints of the scenario. They were numerous but we saw all of them shine for short scenes.

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