Movie Title: Chief Daddy 2: Going for Broke
Year of Release: 2022
Director: Niyi Akinmolayan
Production Company: EbonyLife Films
Cast: Ajoke Silva (Lady Kay), Falz (Femi Famzy ), Kate Henshaw (Teni), Funke Akindele-Bello (Tinu), Rachel Oniga (Aunty Ajoke), Shaffy Bello (Nike), Ini Edo (Ekanem), Mawuli Gavor (Dami Baggio), Beverly Naya (Adaora), Linda Ejiofor (Sisi Ice Cream), Patience Ozokwo (Madam Pat), Nkem Owoh (Donatus), Samuel “Broda Shaggi” Perry (Omar), Dakore Egbuson Akande (Remi Castle), Rahama Sadau (Laila), Uzor Arukwe (Sonny), Beverly Osu (Sandra), Zainab Balogun (Ireti), Nedu Wazobia (Joro) and Chigul (Chuchu).
Chief Daddy 2: Going for Broke is the sequel to the 2018 blockbuster Chief Daddy. If you have not seen the first part, a summary is needed for you to understand Chief Daddy 2.
In Chief Daddy, billionaire philanthropist Chief Beecroft had just died and had left strict instructions for his burial with tasks delegated to each of his beneficiaries (which included wives, mistresses, children, and sister). Failure to adhere to his instructions meant a postponement of the reading of his will for 70 years. Not wanting to take chances, his beneficiaries adhered as much as they could to his stipulations but for one incident which, luckily, did not affect the reading of the will. Finally, the will was read, the beneficiaries were millions richer only to be informed that due to the terms of an IPO, they would not be able to access their newly gotten wealth till months later. Chief Daddy ends with the introduction of a new female character, who we know nothing about, not even her name.
Now to Chief Daddy 2: Going for Broke
Enter Chief Daddy 2 and Laila (the woman that was not introduced in part 1) is now a majority shareholder in Chief Beecroft’s company (Croft Industries). Not only that, but she also turns out to be another of Chief Daddy’s children from yet another woman and she was ready to give the Beecrofts hell: None of the beneficiaries was going to get any free money from the company’s coffers, so all the millions Chief Daddy had willed to them was going to remain on paper except they worked for it. As expected, the Beecrofts were not going to take this lying down and they rallied to fight this new enemy. But where one would expect a sophisticated war strategy from the Beecrofts to get what was theirs, what followed after was a disjointed, uncoordinated, cringe-worthy and ridiculous storytelling that would have you questioning what you just watched.
A brief look into the movie to show what we mean. Femi Famzy was an upcoming rap artist who felt the best way to get Laila to cooperate was by making a success of his rap career. To do this, he goes on an ill-advised jaunt to Dubai with his half-sister. Teni and Tinu got their hooks into Sonny (Laila’s right-hand man) but rather than use him to get to Laila, they were more concerned about lining their pockets through him. We also did not know why they were now running their store together with Nike and why the store was sold off. Except for one scene, we hardly saw Sonny with Laila, the person he was supposedly working with. There was also no background story on how Laila came to be or who her mother was. Donatus and Madam Pat were almost written out of the movie, save for a few scenes. Ireti’s transition from psychologist and peacemaker to blogger exposing family secrets was not well established. Ekanem, Nike, Remi, Aunty Ajoke, Joro, Lady Kay and even Teni and Tinu added nothing to Chief Daddy 2 except noise. The only redeeming point is Dami and Ada’s love story which ended with a wedding that saw the family sheathing their swords for peace to reign.
Not to say the whole of Chief Daddy is a waste though. Costume, cinematography and even music were all OK. Just what you would expect from an EbonyLife Films’ production.
Even though Chief Daddy 2 is categorised as a comedy, it failed to draw a laugh.