The name Dazzling Mirage rings a bell as I can remember reading the novel in my first year at the University of Ibadan for a General studies course (GES 101). The book is an epic story of a talented, hardworking and beautiful young sickle cell disease carrier who in her quest to balance her social life, work life and family life was cut in the web of love. She had to contend with social stigma, prejudice and low self – esteem. However, through thick and thin she overcame and achieves success in career, marriage and motherhood.
The movie Dazzling Mirage is an adaption of the book with the same title written by Olayinka Abimbola Egbokhare (PhD), a lecturer of communication and language art at the University of Ibadan.
The movie was produced by Mainframe Films and Television Productions; it premiered on Thursday 19th of February, 2015 at the Filmhouse Cinemas, Ventura mall, Samonda, Ibadan. The event had in attendance friends and fans of Tunde Kilani including Prof Remi Sonaiya; Presidential candidate of Kowa Party. Also present were Prof and Prof. (Mrs.) Egbokhare, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Seun Akindele, Tunde Kilani himself and several others.
The movie Tunde Kelani-directed movie features actors including Kemi Lala Akindoju, Kunle Afolayan, Seun Akindele, Bimbo Manuel, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Yomi Fash Lanso, Adewale Ayuba, all of whom added their individual spices to the success of the movie.
Seun Akindele played the role of Sanya – the mummy’s boy who is indecisive and unwilling to commit to a relationship of six year. He imagined taking off from his mom to hang out with his supposed boo; he might as well just take off from the relationship altogether.
On the other side, Funmiwo (played by Kemi Lala Akindoju) is a sickle cell carrier who suffered from the streaming crises that flow ceaselessly into her life as a result of her genes. She is embodies a strong and ambitious woman who desired to be acknowledged for her merit in her chosen career regardless of her health status.
On the overall I believe the cast of this movie truly gave life and meaning to it.
The movie opens with a background to the relationship between Sanya and Funmiwo and the tussle for his mom’s acceptance and approval. It showed Funmiwo’s crisis at work, her quest for answers as regards her birth, her involvement with the sickle cell support group, and finally to the funny budding love of her boss and then a happy home.
She was faced with physical pains, agony, betrayal, emotional trauma but still she triumph by achieving self –fulfillment.
Amongst the good points of the movie is that it is educative on the ongoing stigmatization of sickle cell patients, it focuses on how they can live fully healthy lives; it also in d long run creates awareness about support groups for sickle cell patients.
The lines of the characters are on point with witty banters; the pattern of conversation is very catching, in addition to a touch of the Yoruba culture, good costumes and makeup.
I also love the fact that there’s an input of realism towards the end-a sort of happily never after if I may say. This is when her hubby comes to the reality that his decision wasn’t going to be all rosy and had to withdraw to settle some personal ongoing turmoil of his.
However in the end love wins. The movie has a good plot twist.
Overall this is a movie with a mix of laughs, travails, neglect, sorrow, disappointments, family drama, awareness, betrayal and love. It’s a movie I’d gladly recommend to anyone.
This review was written by Asesa Kimberly and Olagbende Damilare