By G9ija

Mofe Ni Mofe tells the story of MJ (Jumoke Odetola), who has failed to marry any of the last three men she has introduced to her parents. She falls in love with Mofe (Lateef Adedimeji), who himself is reeling from heartbreak, and they both have to battle against odds — family, finance, friends — to get themselves to the altar.

Unsurprisingly, Lateef Adedimeji excels in his role as Mofe, while Jumoke Odetola puts a good effort into complimenting him in her role as Mojisola (MJ). The difference in their current acting abilities or experience does not reflect itself as distinctly as you would think, partly due to the director’s deftness and also because Jumoke does really well in delivering enough to ensure she isn’t left behind.

Tope Tedela also shines in his role as Meduoye, MJ’s love interest preoccupied in his reality TV show. His role in Mofe Ni Mofe also marks his debut in a “Yoruba film”. Meduoye’s production sidekick trio consisting of Ogunshina and Mike Adejonwo offers some needed comic relief in what could have been a slow watch.

The story, written by Mike Adejonwo, is rather lean on aesthetics. But what it “lacks” in that regard it makes up for in addressing relatable issues individuals swimming in the dating scene are likely to come across as they move towards marriage. The first scene of the film does a good job in arresting your attention. And even if there is a slight possibility that the mind of a restless audience might trail off for a few minutes after due to story setups, your attention is recaptured by originality, carefully placed comedy and good acting. Talking of comic elements, watch out for the “Oloye” character.

As far as debuts go, this is perhaps one of the most honest you’ll see. While this film teaches the director several lessons he’d need to learn quickly on his filmmaking journey, it also serves up a very watchable picture for the audience.

Debola “Santa” Ogunshina might have been born in Mushin and shot this film under the brown rusted roofs of Ìbàdàn, Mofe Ni Mofe shows that it might not take too long before he becomes a filmmaker who’d regularly answer questions about his works at international film festivals after receiving standing ovations.