Film Review: Nseke Producer Means Serious Business

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Another movie that sets off with the grip to draw a large following on Zambezi Magic Channel is Nseke. Literally, nseke means seeds. But it can also be translated as the upcoming. I guess this is the meaning in the movie. In Wangu village, a girl named Wathu (Wezi Mwansa) goes missing. A search for her proves futile. It turns out she strayed into the self-destruct mode and drowned herself in a river but, incidentally, a stuttering eccentric fisherman who calls himself Lovemore (Abraham) saved her. Unaware that she is alive, the relatives hold a funeral in her honor.

Meanwhile, Lovemore takes her as obsolete material from the salvage yard and finds an easy wife for himself. He locks her up in his house.

That appears to be the bone of contention so far. We have yet to see more.

I like the sig tune – it fits the rural setting so well. The actors also seem to know what they are doing.

This is Jason Binwell Jere’s creation. If you don’t know him, just recall all the movies you have seen on Zambezi Magic and role your mind backwards. The guy who has appeared in almost all of them, including Mpali, is Jere. This must have afforded him a lot of opportunities to work with multiple producers, writers and directors. No wonder Nseke appears to be more mature that Ma Jimbo.

AMOOYE

In my last review, I scratched on Amooye. Hitherto, the story has not advanced significantly and there is not much to write about. Perhaps… just that… while the three main characters would earn my nominations for best actor award if I was given that opportunity, there are a few who are miscast.

Noni’s mother, Mabel (Thandi Vundamina) is a perfect fit for her role but, honestly, her husband, Alfred (Caleb Mulinga) isn’t. Same with Muta’s sister-in-law. In their characters, the picture that shows miles away is that they are acting for the first time. I don’t know how that slipped past four directors. I just hope they will improve in future episodes.

THE WILL

Last week I chanced another drama series entitled The Will on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC). The entertainment life in Zambia is a game of chancing because you don’t know when Zesco will supply power to your area and when they will withdraw it. The episode I watched was enough to give me a broader gamut of the story. It’s like this: A father dies and his brother assumes the role of administrator of the property. As expected in an African movie, he grabs the most valuable things. These include the will – from which the title comes.

Just when I heard that the deceased had left a will, I started waiting to see a lawyer. Alas! None so far. The beneficiaries are demanding the document from the administrator, which suggest that it is in his hands. Still, the children must take heart, unless there is no original copy at the solicitors safe. Pardon my mentioning of a solicitor in reviewing this movie, maybe the author has different knowledge about wills and people who write them. But what is common is that people who write wills are well versed in the legal proceedings that go with wills. Okay, let’s not go into that.

All in the while, there is war for the will and the title deed of the house between the surviving children and the uncle. One boy even follows him into a bar to ask for the same documents. In a bar!

I look forward to another chance to watch The Will to see how the property will be returned to the rightful owners. I have no doubt that will happen and think I know how it will end – such themes have a self-evident ending.

TUVWANGE

Ordinarily, I don’t review talk shows but Tuvwange Lifestyle is simply irresistible. Season one is finished and I would be bluffing if I said it hadn’t left a gap in my TV program. The ladies were discussing topics that affect humanity in general. I’ll really miss those four presenters. I look forward to season two.

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