Battle on Buka Street is a 2022 Nigerian comedy drama film directed by Funke Akindele and Tobi Makinde.[2] The film is jointly produced as a collaboration between Funke Ayotunde Akindele Network (FAAN) and FilmOne Studios.[3] The film had its theatrical release on 16 December 2022 and opened to extremely positive reviews from critics. The film became a huge box office success.[4]

Battle on Buka Street
Promotional poster
Directed byFunke Akindele
Tobi Makinde
Written byFunke Akindele
Jack'enneth Opukeme
Stephen Oluboyo
Jemine Edukugbe
Story byJack'enneth Opukeme
Produced byFunke Akindele
Nicole Ofoegbu
FilmOne Studio
StarringFunke Akindele
Mercy Johnson
Sola Sobowale
Tina Mba
Nkem Owoh
Femi Jacobs
Kelvin Ikeduba
CinematographyAdeoluwa 'Captain Dezgy' Owu
Edited byValentine Chukwuma
Music byMartinsfeelz
Adam Songbird
Tolu Obanro
Kleb Shout
Yomi Olabisi
Simi Dada
Funke Ayotunde Akindele Network (FAAN)
Distributed byFilmOne Distribution
Release date
  • 16 December 2022 (2022-12-16)
Running time
140 Minutes
LanguagesEnglish, Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Nigerian Pidgin
Box office₦668,423,056[1]

Plot edit

Yejide runs the most patronized buka (stall) in Otanwa community's "Buka Street" with help from her mother Asake and her children. However, her step-sister and archenemy Awele buys the neighbouring shop one day and starts competing. Their rivalry dates back to before their childhood; their mothers, Asake and Ezinne, both married to their father Meduka, were jealous and conflicted with each other, and this carried on to their children.

At first, Awele fails to attract customers away from Yejide's buka, so she turns to sabotage: she sends her younger twins Kaira and Kaiso to lock Awele in Maduka's house so she can't make her stews. This works and people flock to Awele's restaurant instead, starting a series of retaliatory acts where Awele and Yejide try to curry favor in the town and send their children to attack each other's buka by planting rats and cockroaches. Meanwhile, they lie to the rest of the family that Awele's oldest daughter Ifunnaya and Yejide's son Ademide are going to America and Canada respectively. In fact, they both went to Lagos, where they end up meeting and help each other escape their problems despite the rivalry before returning to Otanwa.

Things go too far when Yejide's daughter Fadekami replaces the kerosene with petrol at Awele's buka without her mother's knowledge, causing the shop to burn and making Yejide question the rivalry despite Asake's continued zeal. Meanwhile, Ezinne, who has been getting sicker, expresses regret for stoking the rivalry and dies after asking Awele to stop the conflict. Despite this, the two utilize differing spiritual paths to try to take the other down, but end up failing.

A prison break occurs nearby, terrorizing the town as the inmates destroy and rob the shops on Buka Street but also allowing Yejide's husband Lanshile, who took the fall for Yejide after she killed his rival in self-defence and was held for years without trial, to escape. At first, their children, who don't know the truth, resent his arrival, particularly as Ademide was affected by the stigma of being his son and was appointed to perform at the youth carnival. However, they reconcile after Yejide reveals the actual events. At the carnival, the other escapees cause a stampede; Ademide rescues Ifunnaya and takes her to Lanshile's hideout to recover as it is the closest option. Awele finds them and calls the youth organizers, who come ready to mete out vigilante justice. However, the children and Yejide convince her to end the rivalry and she ultimately covers for Lanshile, ending the film with his escape.

Cast edit

Production edit

The film project marked the third cinematic directorial venture for actress Funke Akindele after Your Excellency and Omo Ghetto: The Saga.[6] The film also possibly marked the final film venture for Funke Akindele who has insisted to join politics and to run as a frontrunner in the election.[7]

Box office edit

It became the second highest grossing Nigerian film of the year 2022 just behind Brotherhood grossing about ₦200,087,222 at the box office.[8][9] The film surpassed Avatar: The Way of Water as the highest-grossing film in Nigeria during the Christmas weekend grossing almost ₦50 million at the box office.[10] The film also grossed ₦26 million at the box office on 25 December 2022 coinciding with Christmas making it the highest grossing Nigerian film on a single day in 2022.[4]

The theatrical run for the film came to an end on the 13th of April 2023, after 17 weeks at the box office with a gross box office of ₦668,423,056.

It finished as the highest-grossing Nigerian film of all time displacing Omo Ghetto: The Saga with a gross exceeding ₦640 million.[11]

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref
2023 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Best Actress In A Comedy/TV Series Mercy Johnson Nominated [12]
Funke Akindele Nominated
Best Actor In A Comedy/TV Series Nkem Owoh Nominated
Best Art Director Olatunji Afolayan Nominated
Best Picture Editor Valentine Chukwuma Nominated
Best Sound Editor Kolade Morakinyo & Pius Fatoke Nominated
Best Sound Track Gbas Gbos by Tolu Obanro & Adam Songbird Nominated
Best Make Up Hakeem Effects Onilogbo & Jemila Sedik Nominated
Best Writer Funke Akindele, Jack'enneth Opukeme, Stephen Oluboyo & Jemine Edukugho Nominated
Best Overall Movie Funke Akindele Nominated

References edit

  1. ^ "Top 20 films 9th - 11th December 2022 - Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria".
  2. ^ Eze, Chinelo (2023-04-18). "Funke Akindele Reacts; As Battle On Buka Street Gets 10 Nominations". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. Retrieved 2023-06-03.
  3. ^ Abdul-Hafeez, Adedimeji Quayyim (2022-11-22). "Funke Akindele releases trailer for 'Battle on Buka Street'". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 2022-12-03.
  4. ^ a b Oboh (2022-12-27). "Funke Akindele's 'Battle on Buka Street' sets Nollywood record with N135m in one day". Vanguard News. Retrieved 2022-12-31.
  5. ^ "Battle on Buka Street - Daily Trust". Retrieved 2023-06-03.
  6. ^ "Funke Akindele Drops Teaser for 'Battle on Buka Street' – THISDAYLIVE". Retrieved 2022-12-03.
  7. ^ "Funke Akindele: Battle on the Buka Street is a farewell project". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2022-12-17. Retrieved 2022-12-31.
  8. ^ Oladotun, Shola-Adido (2022-12-24). "MOVIE REVIEW: 'Battle on Buka Street' is perfect film to wrap up 2022". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 2022-12-31.
  9. ^ "Top films Weekend 23rd-25th Dec 2022 - Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria". Retrieved 2022-12-31.
  10. ^ Udodiong, Inemesit (2022-12-27). "Funke Akindele's 'Battle on Buka Street' takes over Box Office". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 2022-12-31.
  11. ^ "Akindele's 'Battle On Buka Street' becomes Nollywood's highest-grossing film with N640m". TheCable Lifestyle. 2023-02-18. Retrieved 2023-06-03.
  12. ^ "Full List: Here are all our AMVCA 9 Nominees". AMVCA - Full List: Here are all our AMVCA 9 Nominees. Retrieved 2023-04-23.[permanent dead link]

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