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Sodas & Popcorn – Movie Review: Confusion Na Wa



Confusion Na Wa

Directed By: Kenneth Gyang
Written By: Tom Rowlands-Rees
Stars: O.C Ukeje, Gold Ikponmwosa, Ali Nuhu, Ramsey Noauh, Tony Goodman 

Set in a Nigerian City,’ Confusion Na Wa’ is a dark comedy about a group of strangers whose fates become intertwined over the course of 24 hours. At the heart of everything is a phone found by two hustlers Charles (O.C Ukeje) and Chichi (Gold Ikponmwosa) who having read through its contents, decide to blackmail the owner Emeka (Ramsey Noauh). Little do they know that their misdemeanors have set in motion a chain of events that will lead to a shattering end. (c) Cinema KpataKpata

Let’s go back some months in time, January 2013 to be specific. I had access to free internet on this blessed day and so I thought to myself, I might as well put this to some use and search the net for the latest movie trailers. Somehow I stumbled upon the trailer of an upcoming Nollywood movie called Confusion Na Wa. The title did put me off a bit, but the trailer totally caught my attention. It was the best Nollywood trailer I remember seeing in a while. The cast, the story, the video quality all really impressive.

Nine months down the line when Confusion Na Wa was finally released online and to Nigerian theaters, I finally saw it and this here, is what I think of the movie.

The Script
The script was crafted by British writer Tom Rowlands-Rees and adapted from a short script called My Culture by Kagho Harley Akpor. Tom revamped My Culture into Confusion Na Wa but retained some of the characters and themes from My Culture.

Funded by Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam in Netherlands, a recipient of the best film of the year at the 2013 AMAA awards, one of the films presented at the inaugural Durban FilmMart in Durban South Africa, all this accomplishments and many more were made possible by one major thing. The Story told.

Confusion Na Wa is a nonlinear story which complexly but almost perfectly tells the story of random strangers who have no idea of their connections. With its title inspired by a line in Fela’s classic track “Confusion” which speaks of Nigeria’s broken system, the movie tells the story of how the various characters are confused in their own ways, which in my own opinion I will say is a subtle jab at the Nigeria society of today.

One little issue I had with the script was how the movie started. I would have preferred a situation where the tragic end of the movie was all let out in the end rather than informing us right from the beginning and then waiting for almost the next two hours to see how it happens. But like I said, it’s how I would have done it and regardless of that, it’s still a beautiful story.

The story telling of this movie brought two other films to mind while I was watching it. First being Crash(2004) written by Robert Moresco and Paul Haggis and secondly Pulp Fiction(1994) written by Roger Avary and Quantin Tarentino. Both movies are nonlinear classics which were both ground breaking at their time of release. I couldn’t help but notice some familiar themes from these movies in Confusion Na Wa. Yeah, the movie is that good, no exaggerations here.

Confusion Na Wa is a revolutionary story in Nigerian cinema and this I believe can only motivate other movie makers to make more impressive works than this. I believe strongly that the future of the Nigerian film industry is in bright hands with the new breed of young movie makers who have been stepping out lately.

The Directing
Kenneth Gyang who took on the huge role of directing this movie definitely establishes himself as a force to reckon with in the future. The quality of the cast put together in the movie includes some of the best in the business. The video quality was also very good although the color correction and rendering in some scenes like the scene with Kola and his father Babajide played by Tony Goodman while they were having dinner with the entire family seemed a bit too much. It could have been toned down. The choice of movie soundtracks and the overall sound design was one of the most beautiful things about the movie. This happens to be one of the things that some of the best Nollywood movies hardly get right but the sound design here is second to none and due credit goes to Solomon Emmanuel who was the sound recordist for the movie.

Confusion Na Wa happens to be Kenneth Gyang’s second movie direction. The other being Blood and Henna a movie which was inspired by the 1996 Pfizer Clinical Test in Kano, Nigeria. With a work of art such has this, he has definitely set a very high bar for himself and the big question now is, “can his next project live up to the standard and reputation of Confusion Na Wa?”

Credit must also go to the cinematographer Yinka Edward who is no kid in this business. His artistry didn’t go unnoticed in the shots and most especially the lightning of the movie.

The Acting
Like I said earlier, the entire cast was of very high quality. Ali Nuhu’s character Bello was the most hilarious to me as I couldn’t help but laugh at his misfortunes. Although he was a bit stiff, he did put up an impressive performance. O.C Ukeje’s portrayal of Charles was well executed and he did render the role to perfection. Gold Ikponmwosa who played the interesting character of Chichi was at the top of his game also. I loved his Lion king narratives. Nathaniel Ishaku who played the role of Kola should also be applauded for an outstanding performance. Although he wasn’t vocal enough in some scenes, he was very impressive. Ramsey Noauh who happens to be a 20 year veteran in Nollywood and one of the best in the business right now didn’t fall short of expectations in anyway also. Tony Goodman was a confirmation of a popular proverb which says, ‘Like Fine wine, you get better with age’. Tunde Aladese who has this as her break out performance was also enjoyable. She had a good use of body language and facial expressions.

The Verdict
The end of the year keeps getting better as we have started seeing more impressive works from 2013 and I must say this is one of the best movies of the year.

My only worry for this movie and all other Nollywood productions released to theaters is, are these movies bankable? Do this movie makers after all their efforts make back their profit? I certainly hope they do in some way.

Popcorn & Soda it is for Confusion Na Wa. It’s the best Nollywood story I have ever seen brought to life.

Sodas & Popcorn Rating4
It is definitely in the race for the movie which gets the Popcorn, Soda & Hotdog prize at the end of the year. I will like to thank Kenneth Gyang for the press kit and information he gave which was used in making this review.

So have you seen the movie? What do you think about it? Please do let us know by dropping your comments. Thanks
Think likewise or otherwise? Feel free to leave your comments.

The Ratings
Traffic Popcorn-1/5
Popcorn & Water-2/5
Popcorn & Hotdog-3/5
Popcorn & Soda-4/5
Popcorn, Soda & Hotdog-5/5

This review is brought to you by Sodas & Popcorn …… We watch movies, so you (don’t) have to.


  1. hmmm

    November 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Decent review, however please “soda & popcorn” should cite any other sources they used to write their review. Some parts of this piece definitely mimics (or at least pays ode to) another review written for the same movie (no need for me to site because the writer should know which I am talking about). Please BN, convince the writer to edit this piece and add the correct citations, or remove the piece from the site altogether. Give credit where and when credit is due. I would do the same for BN if I saw any of your writers work stated in a piece without proper credit.

    I enjoyed the movie, and its step away from the traditional storylines many nigerian movies tell.

    • Sodas & Popcorn

      November 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Hello Hmm, if you look at the end of the page after giving the rating, I said “I will like to thank Kenneth Gyang for the press kit and information he gave which was used in making this review.” Every piece of information used for this review was gotten from Kenneth Gyang himself. I called him and asked him for detailed information about the movie and he sent me the press kit. If you need to see the mail, I can put it up, So i didnt steal any piece from any source where credit wasn’t given. Thanks.

    • Sodas & Popcorn

      November 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      And I know the site you are talking about. I read the review, but I didn’t steal one word from him. We both most likely referenced the same material and that’s why you think I stole from him. If you have the director’s contact, get in touch with him and ask. Thanks

    • Femi

      November 6, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      “(no need for me to site because the writer should know which I am talking about).”
      With due respect, I feel making such assumptions with all certainties trivializes the ‘workdone’ by the writer(s). And it might be a little unfair to conclude like you did. There are facts in the review which are standard and no matter how many grammatical compositions you have, will remain the same such as the source. For instance, the technical information like the reviewer listed. At the end of the day, your opinion is yours. As for S&Popcorn, I believe there’s always room for improvement. Good job!

  2. Bleed Blue

    November 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Sounds good…would have liked to have the trailer here though.

    Okay let me stop being lazy and open another browser window to search for it myself. 🙂

    Nice job on the reviews Sodas & Popcorn…keep ’em coming

    • Sodas & Popcorn

      November 6, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you. We will have that put into our reviews. We will add trailers in from now on. Thanks for the comment.

  3. nene

    November 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    why does the reviewer have to get information from the
    owner of the film. i feel like this review is biased already. did
    the reviewer even watch the movie?

    • jcsgrl

      November 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Abi o! Reviewer is supposed to watch the movie and tell us their take on the movie not what the producers think of the movie. OH well, I would like to see the movie shaa if they can direct us to where…*scratching head

    • Sodas & Popcorn

      November 6, 2013 at 7:01 pm thats the link to watch the movie online. But you will have to pay. Its the way their service works.

    • Sodas & Popcorn

      November 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Hello folks. I have read your comments and I understand your arguments. But the thing is this, you need to be enlightened on how movie reviews work. A movie review is based on your research, your instincts and your judgments. Your research is where you get information about a movie which will be used for making valid references. last week I mistakenly referenced Brad Pitt for a wrong movie and a reader dropped a comment to observe that. Its all here, look for gravity review, you will see it. What if I dropped the wrong information about Confuusion Na Wa and you see it and you react by saying I didnt do my research well? Now what’s my point, the information I asked the director for was the technical info such as awards won, full name of cast and crew, previous projects and source of funding. Etc You get my drift. If you read the review well, you will see that my personal opinions had criticisms in it. I am no learner at reviews, and I have studied the likes of imdb, rotten tomatoes, screenrant, robert ebert etc very well. And if you look them up and check out their reviews, you will see they all reference technical details in their reviews. Or are the people that invented movie reviews wrong too?
      The main reason I contacted kenneth gyang was because of sodas & popcorn’s vision. We seek exceptional works in nollywood and want to be an instrument of change. I can’t contact yvonne nelson for source material for house of gold, because it is not a well made movie, neither can I contact Desmond Eliot for weekend getaway for the same reasons. But if a movie like confusion na wa is to be reviewed by sodas and popcorn it is to be outstanding. Thus I contacted the director for info on the challenges and processes faced in making this movie. I hope I have explained and vindicated sodas and popcorn now. Thanks for your comments. They may be harsh but they can only make us better.

    • Bleed Blue

      November 7, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Okay Sodas & Popcorn…I’d like to give some honest-to-goodness feedback.

      Your responses to criticism seem to indicate you take things a tad bit too personal. I get that you have to set things straight but your general tone as well as stating things like “you need to be enlightened” and ” i didnt steal any piece from any source” don’t ring right when they are on a platform like yours.

      I really enjoy your reviews as I’m a movie buff who especially appreciates guidance on where to find out-of-the-box flicks, but I think the delivery of tone in your responses could be improved. No intention here to offend. Love you. Bye 🙂

    • Idak

      November 8, 2013 at 7:05 am

      I was following your arguments from the top of the BTL comments until you attempted to enlighten us on how movie reviews work.
      Dude/gal you sound stuck high up your backside. You need to come out and inhale some air. We do not need lecturing on how reviews are done. I see very little in this review that needs a press kit from the director (maybe a few lines on what the synopsis is). Referencing premier review sites like you are letting us into some mysteries of the kingdom is a tad arrogant and childish. Movie reviews are subjective and personal. No need getting all worked up.

  4. Az_sweetie

    November 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Can I get a link or website to watch the full movie online…..thank you in advance

  5. Phil Tracy

    November 7, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Sodas&Popcorn; i don’t know if you have seen and will write a movie review on the Dayo Amusa movie “unforgivable” but one word i have for that movie is SUPERB. i must warn you, if you are one that is easily moved to tears, please make sure you go with your handkerchief. Saw the movie with my hubby (who isn’t an naija movie fan) and i can assure you that he hasn’t stopped talking about the movie. Have a nice day.

    • Sodas & Popcorn

      November 8, 2013 at 4:38 am

      Alright. We will review it soon. Thanks

    • juliet

      July 3, 2014 at 9:52 am

      Wow, you call it superb, and in block letters? Smh.. As an adult I was soo bored by that movie. Kind of thing that would have moved me as a twelve year old but as an adult I really for the life of me, cannot understand the martyr victim complex! I can’t stand it that a person would assume a role in a relationship where they would decide that another human being is their oxygen. Cry about it, feel heart broken, yes, but to actually show the prey that they are hurting you while you continue to struggle to please them? And to what end exactly? Sorry, according to Rita in The Meeting – oyo is your own! That’s beside the point though.. Sorry, but I wonder what you found interesting about it and it makes me question you as a movie critic. We shouldn’t encourage mediocrity, this industry is old enough for better.

  6. shenugs

    November 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

    So i saw the movie ‘Confusion na wa’ and did not like it. Contrary to the reviewer’s views i dont think OC interpreted that role well or maybe its that i just think he’s an all round shabby actor and dont even get me started on the acting of the lady that played Ramsey’s wife. Gold’s lion king tales also didnt do anything for me as i found them irrelevant to the story. I do agree though that the end shouldn’t have been in the opening cos we were all just waiting to see how Gold died at the end. I should give it props though for not being the regular naija movie storyline. Its something different but i think it could have been executed way better than it was. Rating: 3/10

  7. jinkelele

    November 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    hmm – different strokes for different folks

  8. juliet

    July 3, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Oh, wait.. I see the error of my ways. Phew, what a relief it wasn’t you praising Unforgivable. I was thinking, “I guess I won’t take this reviewer seriously at all”. And now, do forgive me please.

  9. Uchendu

    September 23, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Its a good work you did here. Just like you rightly said, technical report and personal opinion make up a movie review. However, I suggest you edit the review and give credits of the soundtrack and sound design to the right crew member (the sound designer) of the film. It’s very wrong to give that credit to the sound recordist. Thank you.

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