Chief Daddy premiers in Port Harcourt

Chief Daddy tells the story of billionaire industrialist Chief Beecroft (Taiwo Obileye), a flamboyant benefactor to a large extended family of relatives, household staff and assorted mistresses. Chief lives large, like there’s no tomorrow, until the day he dies suddenly and the ‘bullion van’ stops. What’s in his will and who gets all that money? What happens next will surprise you, as Chief Daddy has the last laugh from beyond the grave.

The movie starred Bisola Aiyeola, Funke Akindele, Zainab Balogun, Shaffy Bello, Lepacious Bose, Ini Edo, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Linda Ejiofor, Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, Mawuli Gavor, Kate Henshaw, Ayo Lijadu, Jude ‘MI’ Abaga, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Beverly Naya, Chinedu ‘Nedu’ Ani, Uti Nwachukwu, Taiwo Obileye, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah, Rachel Oniga, Beverly Osu, Nkem Owoh, Patience Ozokwor and Joke Silva.

The cast did a fantastic job in bringing life to their characters. Osuofia and Patience Ozokwor are their usual bickering selves, Nedu is his usual mad self and his chemistry with Chigurl was humorous just like Kate Henshaw and Funke Akindele (Jenifa) also made a humorous pair. Joke Silva showed panache (as always) just as Mawuli Gavor and Beverly Naya oozed of class. Bisola said less than 5 words but her facial expression almost killed one with laughter.

Chief Daddy relies extensively on individual talents for laughs but the downside to this is that the plot’s resolution suffered. The plot of Chief Daddy makes commercial sense because just like Wedding Party, it’s very relatable but it is a tricky one to conclude and this challenge reared its head as the producers found it quite difficult to give it an appropriate ending. The conflict resolution is abrupt and rather underwhelming that it felt like an unfinished sneeze – enjoyable, but not as enjoyable as it could have been.

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