Banana Island Ghost is another mind-blowing, proudly Nigerian, brilliant creation that joins a teeming number of well-scripted, properly directed Nigerian movies that have been produced by young, imaginative Nigerian writers and producers alike. From fifty to Before 30 to Isoken and the list keeps getting longer. Not forgetting the ever anticipated My Wife and I coming out soon, Nollywood is bringing us her A-game this year. Do you believe in ghosts? I certainly don’t but my buzz review of Banana Island Ghost was inspired by one who made wish they were real.
This Biola Alabi film in conjunction with Bamnemsia pictures, is majorly about two people whose fates were intertwined based on roles they had to play in each other’s lives. Bimbo Manuel delivers a wonderful persona of the creator himself; Baba God. And as Baba God frankly put it “To whom much Responsibility is given, much is expected”, hence we saw two people desperately trying to live up to this in ways never before seen on screen.
This creative screenplay brings to life the feelings associated with the struggles faced while ensuring efforts match responsibilities in the best ways possible. The writer/producer, BB Sasore did an amazing job on this piece as he uniquely portrays the human desire for fulfillment.
Utilizing the beautiful landscapes of the city of Lagos, Banana Island Ghost pulls off a visually stunning scenery with noticeable places like the University of Lagos, the third mainland bridge, sunrise and sunset scenes etc. This flick delivers an underlying tone for the rich Nigerian cultural attributes, through language, fashion, music (this includes a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem by the Nigerian Police,… trust me, it’s to die for, haha).
Chigul, our well-known comedian presents us with an amazing grind of comedy and ridiculous badass as Ijeoma. Patrick Diabuah (Mr Ghost) is an excellent brew of talent, who has successfully restored my faith in the ability of Nollywood actors to pull off fiction at it’s very best. Nonetheless, the host of veteran Nollywood actors like Saidi Balogun, Bimbo Manuel, Uche Jumbo etc. makes this flick one worth remembering for years to come.
Although, it is worth mentioning that Banana Island Ghost came with its flaws, as some scenes were irrelevant in a bid to buttress certain parts of the film. This can be overlooked as it does not deviate the audience from the main plot. I have high hopes that my buzz review of Banana Island Ghost marks the beginning of critically positive future for Nollywood films in general.
Banana Island Ghost is a creative comedy and a well-polished movie which will certainly bag awards for the writer/producer, and the cast alike. This was a first-of-its-kind Nollywood movie that dared to be different in every way possible.
P.S; no matter how skillful a trained Indian security ninja could be, the Warri spirit in Nigerians will always prevail.
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Buzzers Consensus:(4 / 5)
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Official Synopsis of Banana Island Ghost:
“Banana Island Ghost is a comedy movie about a ghost that is scared to go to heaven because he doesn’t have a soulmate, so he convinces God to give him three days to fall in love.”
Official Trailer of Banana Island Ghost: