Movie Overview: ‘Amina’ fails to hit bull’s keep in mind


Movie title: ‘Amina’

Working Time: 1hour 45minutes

Primarily based entirely mostly on: Queen Amina (the historical past of the first lady to rule the Zazzau empire within the 16th century )

Director: Izu Ojukwu

Producer: Okechukwu Ogunjiofor

Lead Forged: Lucy Ameh (Queen Amina), Ali Nuhu (Danjuma), Yakubu Mohammed ( Barde), Victoria Nweke (Mero), Abu Chris Gbakann (Sarki), Dan Chris Ebie, (Galadima), Usman Tijani (Ibrahim) Clarion Chukwura (Zumbura), Ummi Mohammed (Zaria), Godwin Ogaga(Kabarkai).

Date of originate: November 4, 2021.

‘Amina’, the prolonged-anticipated historical movie, which took the producer about 25 years to terminate, is currently streaming on Netflix.

The movie, which changed into once initially shot in 2015, has garnered so mighty buzz on social media because it is some distance being hailed as the comeback movie of the outdated Nollywood producer, Okechukwu Ogunjiofor.

On the originate scheduled for originate in 2017, the eponymous story movie tells the untold story of Queen Amina of Zazzau.


The movie begins with a duel scene between Zazzau’s unbeatable champion Kabarkai and Danjuma. The extinct had magical powers, which he had bought from his mother, Zumbura, the priestess of the Oralce Tukur Tukur. The magic made him undetectable in fight.

The magic that made his body inpeneratable for any weapon.

On the different hand, Danjuma, an Igala prince and slave in Zazzau, tactically threw sand at Kabarkai, in fight, which destabilised him.

Danjuma, taking good thing about Kabarkai’s unsettledness, threw his spear on the contender’s correct keep in mind.

Sadly, Danjuma couldn’t crown his victory by killing Kabarkai, and finally form freedom, for the reason that Sarki stopped the fight to assign the Kabarkai’s dignity.


The young Princess Amina, who had witnessed the fight, started to earn an ardour in purchasing navy skills, which on the time, changed into once a taboo for females in Zazzau.

The Madawaki changed into once a sturdy opposition to Princess Amina, and a threat to her father, Barkwa Turunku, the Sarki. As she grew correct into a bold warrior entangled in adore with the enemy, every a great deal of predominant plot revolved around Amina fulfilling her destiny and ascending her throne in Zazzau.


Amina is a characteristic film made with collaborations that spanned three continents of Africa, Europe and The USA. Within the length drama, the director employed a linear legend . This implies that the events are largely portrayed in a chronological uncover, that is, telling the events within the uncover in which they occurred. So, we keep in mind a plot that slightly mighty begins from the 16th-century when the young Queen ruled the Zazzau empire.

Despite the truth that the storyline is easy, with using English, Hausa and Igala languages, the movie is trail-packed and succinctly depicts the incredible life and cases and naturally, elegance of Amina, a young and bold warrior princess.

Despite the truth that she changed into once born in a highly chauvinistic society, she conquered the Zazzau empire and grew to changed into the first and excellent female Sarki in Nigerian historical past.

Primarily based entirely mostly on Ogunjiofor, the solid changed into once engaged in pre-manufacturing coaching where they had been first camped for three months and trained on the answer to scamper horses, and use swords to war on horsebacks, before commencing shoot heavenly.

Furthermore, the filmmaker ensured that every persona won mastery of a great deal of skills adore horse riding and using swords and shields.

Ogunjiofor deserves some accolades, as the producer of the movie. I indicate managing over 1000 solid and crew participants, and overseeing the total manufacturing process, which took 25 years to full, is by no system a indicate job

Surely one of many things the film gets correct is the manufacturing create, in particular in scenes plot within the bygone era, with tastefully-performed recreations of the 16th century.

Queen Amina

Moreso, several dilapidated structures fabricated from muds and stones had been constructed on the placement, to keep in mind exactly adore Queen Amina’s palace, as changed into once applicable within the 16th century.

The movie ‘Amina’ ought to be applauded for its high-notch technical, visible presentation and nuanced performance. The costumes and locations had been also one more unprecedented highpoint of the movie that is commendable because they showcase the historical background of the movie.

Moreso, the soundtracks had been heavenly to every scene broken-down. It extra reinforced the truth that Nollywood has ample technically and soundtrack-wise,I indicate, gone are the days when soundtracks narrated the total movie. Deem 1990s Nollywood. The fitting thing about ‘Amina’ is its premise.

Lucy Ameh (Queen Amina)

Despite some sloppily-written scenes the producers bought the characterisation of Queen Amina of Zazzau played by Lucy Ameh correct.

Lucy Ameh (Queen Amina)
Lucy Ameh (Queen Amina)

Ameh, a native of Benue Tell, changed into once born and raised in Kaduna however schooled in Plateau, and Kaduna States respectively.

The Nollywood starlet has featured in some Kannywood movies adore ‘Braids on a Bald Head’, ‘Bariga Sugar’, and heaps others. She changed into once, on the different hand, a category act within the movie which changed into once anxious and required her pulling several stunts.

In an interview with Bella Naija, the actress narrated how she changed into once flung off her horse one time on plot and fell headfirst into the bottom. As she crashed to the bottom, she changed into once no longer determined she would survive. The accident delayed taking pictures for three weeks, however she changed into once resilient about her role, she said, ” The important day I went again on the horse, I changed into once traumatised. However in the end, I correct bought over it and I purchased into it and Amina came again again.”

Ali Nuhu (Danjuma)

Ali Nuhu (Danjuma)

Nuhu, Who is neatly-liked in Kannywood, where he in total speaks Hausa language, on this movie played a dynamic role as an Igala prince.

Despite the truth that his persona did no longer require mighty dialogue, he changed into once in a whisper to exclaim the role of a lover boy thru his romantic gestures in direction of Amina.

Clarion Chukwura (Zumbura)

Frail Nollywood actress, Clarion Chukwura, also featured within the movie as Zumbura the priestess of the oracle ,Tukur Tukur, and the mummy of Kabarkai.

Now not many know that the 57-12 months-broken-down outdated actress, who hails from Anambra Tell, is highly fluent in Yoruba and Hausa languages.

Chukwura’s performance changed into once excellent, it reminded us of her role within the story movie, ‘Egg of Life’.

The outdated actress, who looks to be selective about the roles she plays, played a spontaneous role in Amina, which gave the influence almost adore second nature..


Despite the truth that the makers of ‘Amina’ get included ample scenes to shield themselves towards accusations of no longer showcasing Amina’s navy prowess, it’s no longer ample. The loopholes are tranquil evident.

It’s believed that there are no ideal movies, on the different hand, there are very correct and unheard of movies and Amina might maybe very nicely be described as one. Cinematically, ‘Amina’ is indubitably one of many neatly-behaved movies to reach again out of Nollywood this 12 months.

On the different hand, any correct historical past pupil awake of the historical past of Amina of Zazzau is conscious of that she is the area of many legends. As with most Nigerian historical figures, the absence of little or no documented files and files,system that no longer mighty is thought about Amina’s ascension and reign and that’s a major flaw within the film.

While some order she killed every man she ever made out with, others disagree that her energy changed into once no longer navy competence by myself, however assisted by mystical or magical powers.

The movie changed into once considerably haphazard and did no longer in fact whisper the reality of Amina’s historical past and reign.

It also did no longer dispute us how she ruled her empire.

Clearly, the producers targeted more on making a correct movie comparatively than solidifying a historical memoir. If the plan changed into once to dispute the interesting story of Queen Amina, then the slight ravishing little print adore a high level thought of her reign must had been extra explored. Also, the movie targeted on how she bought to energy comparatively than the exploits of her reign. Qualified maybe we ought to ask a sequel on her exploits as Sarki.


With ‘Amina’, Nollywood must tranquil beginning its doorways to more historical movies. Very little is thought about Nigeria’s historical past, therefore, thru movies,the youthful era can form more perception into the country’s nicely to confirm heritage.



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