Amina is a movie directed by Izu Ojukwu and produced by Okechuku Ogunjiofor starring Lucy Ameh, Clarion Chukwura, Ali Nuhu and Magaji Mijinyawa. Amina is based on a true story that revolves around the Zazzau empire warrior queen, Amina. Amina must utilize her military skills and tactics to defend her family’s kingdom. After watching Amina the movie, I was quite disappointed with the production of the movie. Amina queen of Zazzau is such an important part of Nigerian history and more work should have been put into producing an amazing movie. The movie failed to keep me engaged, it lacked cohesion and failed to bring to life the story of Amina the warrior of Zazzau. I felt that the story was too ambitious and needed a lot of time and work to bring the story of Amina the warrior of Zazzau to our screen.
The Father-Daughter relationship between Sarki and his daughter Amina was so beautiful to watch. Both actors did a great job of giving life to such strong-headed and complicated characters. The beautiful interaction between them felt natural and there was no atom of fear on Amina’s path to speak her mind and ask for what she wanted from her father. Just like any relationship between father and daughter, we see Amina use her charm to persuade her father to let her learn how to fight and keep the slave Aladi Ameh played by Madaki Asabe as part of her court. Although Sarki did not always agree with Amina’s life choices he still respected Amina’s choice and always had her back even till his death.
The death of Amina’s sister, Zaria, was very chilling and emotional. The acting in that scene was very well executed by the actress who played Zaria. Watching Amina break down and feeling hopeless because she was unable to stop her sister from hurting sent chills down my body.
The amazing costume design which was headed by Millicent T. Jack stayed true to the cultural dressing of the people of Northern Nigeria, Zaria. The details of the different traditional attires worn by the traditional rulers in that period really added life to the movie.
The actresses who played young Amina (Ogunjiofor Genevieve) and older Amina (Lucy Ameh) did a great job of bringing the character to life in such a strong and authentic and fun way.
Although Amina the movie lacked in various areas, This movie should never have been made. However, I do give the team hats off for even attempting to tell the story of Amina the warrior of Zazzau who has continued to be an inspiration to all women across the world.
Special Recognition: Clarion Chukwura (Priestess) and Magaji Mijinyawa (Madaki) for bringing such complicated characters to life with their amazing talent.
Movie Rating: 3/7
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Zulurang Kanwa a freelance writer and lover of all things film.