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Movie Review – Isoken


Everyone in the Osayande family worries about Isoken. Although she has what appears to have a perfect life – beautiful, successful and surrounded by great family and friends – Isoken is still unmarried at 34 which, in a culture obsessed with married, is serious cause for concern. Things come to a head at her youngest sister’s wedding when her overbearing mother thrusts her into an orchestrated matchmaking with the ultimate Edo man, Osaze. Osaze is handsome, successful and from a good family, making him perfect Nigerian husband material. But in an unexpected turn of events, Isoken meets Kevin who she finds herself falling in love with and he just might be what she truly wants in a partner. The only problem is, not only is he not an Edo man, he is Oyinbo (Caucasian). Isoken is a romantic dramedy that explores cultural expectations, racial stereotypes and the bonds that unite families in touching, dramatic and comedic ways.

Release date: 16 June 2017 (Nigeria)

Director: Jadesola Osiberu

Producer: Jadesola Osiberu

Screenplay: Jadesola Osiberu

Nominations: Africa Movie Academy Award for Best First Feature Film by a Director.


It’s usually almost unbelievable that I’d watch a Nigerian movie that can slightly awaken the hopeless romantic nature in me,
Because Isoken did just that.

Isoken is such a lighthearted, delightful, classy movie that you can choose to watch and rewatch anytime you need a movie to occupy your time, mind, attention, and something to make you laugh.

I love how the movie captures culture, friendship, self love, and family.

The movie gives an old soul yet modernistic vibe, with its props, and different unique montages, showcasing the beauty that is Lagos (unlike the regular Lekki/Ikoyi link bridge that has become literally every Nigerian movie’s montage choice😒)

I cannot remember any Dakore Egbuson Akande movie that I have seen before Isoken, and so watching this movie makes you question why we don’t see her in movies anymore for real?
Or why she has been on a hiatus?

Because I enjoyed watching the talent that she is in this movie, and also loved how she perfectly blended Nigerianess into the “tushness” of her character.
All the Nigerian lingos – “ehen, ahnahn, Americana” etc

Haha! Loved it!

Literally enjoyed every single character in this movie, the realness, the flow, the comedy, andddd of course the costuming!

Anyway, who has the Oyinbo guy’s number please? I just want to tell him something!🤷🏾‍♀️🤭

Also will definitely be re-watching and also looking forward to seeing more movies produced by Jade Osiberu!

How about you?

Did you enjoy Isoken?

Do share.

Also, Osaze or Kevin, who would you choose?

Rating – 9/10


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