Tanwa Savage is a 2021 Nollywood comedy produced, directed and written by Geshin Salvador. It stars Uzor Arukwe, with Linda Osifo, Bimbo Ademoye, Nkechi Blessing Sunday, Segun Arinze, Timini Egbuson, Geshin Salvador, Kehinde Okunola, Joseph Momodu, Nora Peters and Ibrahim Solanke. It is based on a true-life story.
The movie follows Jola Savage and his three baby mamas. Well, one of them is actually his wife, but it doesn’t always seem like it. Jola’s wife Zainab (Linda Osifo) has trouble conceiving, so he decides to plant his seed elsewhere. He ends up impregnating two women, Tosin (Bimbo Ademoye) and Ngozi (Nkechi Blessing), only for his wife to announce that she is pregnant too. Wanting to take care of all his unborn children, he brings the other women into his matrimonial home. Surprise surprise, chaos ensues.
Pure unadulterated chaos
Though we admit this movie probably shouldn’t have been made, it has its moments. Let’s rush past the social commentary, shall we? The family life of the Savages is a mess, but this is how a lot of homes are. Tanwa Savage is even based on a true story.
The plot of Tanwa Savage is mostly smooth, but when you hit a bump it’s like climbing over another car with your car. One of the culprits is the flashbacks. These are not very well done, and it’s sad because they serve the story well. Then there’s the very predictable ending that is just a bit irritating. All this aside, the movie is surprisingly funny. Most of the comedy revolves around the way Jola suffers at the hands of the women. They all want to be the chosen one, and they are willing to drive him crazy just to get his attention. Tanwa Savage is a very silly movie, but you can’t deny its charm. (unless you can’t look past the social critique, and who can blame you?)
The star of Tanwa Savage is Uzor Arukwe as Jola. His reactions are perfect. Somehow, he makes the ridiculousness of the movie work. We can say the same for Segun Arinze, who plays Jola’s father. Jola’s father is the mastermind of the arrangement, but the women’s wahala reaches him and you can see the regret in his eyes. Segun Arinze is the perfect casting choice. His shouting for help as they try to make him pick their food is a moment. The women are good too, and Bimbo Ademoye is fantastic as usual. The cast struggles with some parts of the dialogue, which is partly the script’s fault, but overall they did a great job.
Tanwa Savage is well-made but the editing is a bit wonky. The flashbacks especially need some serious work. The costume design is good, but sometimes the makeup is nothing to write home about.
This movie is sure to leave you in disbelief. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing, is up to your tolerance. But if you’re a staunch Nollywood fan, then Tanwa Savage shouldn’t faze you.