Áfàméfùnà: An Nwa Boi Story‘, a compelling Igbo-centric movie, premiered on Netflix on March 29. The project directed by Kayode Kasun had earlier premiered in cinemas on December 1, 2023.


Following its success in cinemas and multiple nominations at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA), Afamefuna arrives on the streaming platform amid high anticipation and expectations from film lovers.

However, after seeing the film, it is safe to say it deserves every nomination and accolade it received.



After his friend is found dead, a prominent man is questioned by the police about their complex history together in the Igbo apprenticeship system.


The major highlight of the film is its simple and distinct plot. While many Igbo-centric films have been made, ‘Afamefuna’ stands out for its exploration of the Igbo apprenticeship system in a unique and detailed manner. It delves into facets of the system that have not been previously explored in other films.


The performance of the cast, both minor and major, is noteworthy. Every actor in the movie brought their A game and delivered professionally. Kanayo O. Kanayo embodied the character of Odogwu beautifully, even though it is different from the role he is well known for, showcasing his versatility, while Stan Nze also demonstrated his acting prowess.

The predominant use of the Igbo language is also commendable. ‘Afamefuna’ presents Igbo language, culture, and practices in their purest form; from the dialogue to the witty sayings, proverbs, songs and use of traditional instruments. This adds an extra layer of cultural richness to the narrative, which was delightful to watch.

The film’s cinematography was excellent. Attention was paid to the visual elements, costumes, and graphics.



The major flaw of ‘Afamefuna’ is its slow pacing. The progression of the movie was very slow, making it boring at some point and leaving me questioning, “What happened finally?” There were unnecessary scenes as well. For example, the scene where Paul took Afamefuna around the plaza and the football argument scene between the boys.

The casting of Bridget Johnson is also questionable. While she is mixed race, neither of her parents was portrayed as white in the film, how did that happen? Also, Nneka, Amaka’s cousin, why was she in the story? I think her inclusion is unnecessary.



‘Áfàméfùnà: An Nwa Boi Story’ gets a 8/10.

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