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‘Afamefuna’ Shines A Spotlight On The Igbo Apprenticeship Culture

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After hearing rave reviews during its cinema run last year, we eagerly anticipated watching ‘Afamefuna’, hoping to join the chorus of Nigerians who deeply admired it. Our expectations were high and they did not disappoint. Let’s get into our review. ‘Afamefuna’ is now streaming on Netflix.

Afamefuna: An Nwa Boi Story

Directed by: Kayode Kasum
Written by: Anyanwu Sandra Adaora
Genre: Drama
Released on: November 26, 2023 (Cinema), March 29, 2024 (Netflix)
Language: Ibo and English


Afamefuna‘ delves into the intricate world of the Igbo apprenticeship system, intertwining a tale of mystery and cultural exploration. Following the mysterious death of a friend, a prominent figure finds himself entangled in a web of complex histories, prompting a compelling interrogation by the authorities.


The film boasts a stellar ensemble cast, with Segun Arinze and Stan Nze delivering standout performances as CSP Gidado and Afam, respectively. Kanayo O Kanayo’s portrayal of Odogwu is a perfect fit, while Alex Ekubo shines as Paul. However, Atlanta Bridget Johnson’s portrayal of Amaka falls short of leaving a lasting impression, lacking the depth seen in other characters. It’s refreshing to witness the emergence of new talents, with the actors portraying their younger selves matching each actor perfectly.


‘Afamefuna’ presents an authentic Nigerian narrative, rooted in the rich traditions of Igbo culture. The story’s simplicity allows for easy immersion, offering audiences a relatable and engaging experience. It’s a commendable move towards preserving and celebrating indigenous storytelling in Nollywood.

Technical Aspects

The film’s impeccable lighting and vibrant colour palette contribute significantly to its visual allure, effectively setting the mood across various scenes. The meticulous attention to detail enhances the overall aesthetic appeal, making every frame visually captivating. The location and costumes are also impressive.

Final Thoughts

‘Afamefuna’ is a testament to Igbo culture’s richness and depth, offering a rare glimpse into its intricacies on the silver screen. The narrative unfolds seamlessly, maintaining a steady pace without succumbing to unnecessary filler scenes. It’s a welcome addition to the cinematic landscape, deserving praise for its compelling storytelling and cultural representation.


With its breathtaking visuals and compelling storyline, ‘Afamefuna’ earns high praise as a captivating exploration of Igbo culture in Nollywood. It’s a beautiful cinematic experience that resonates long after the credits roll. ‘Afamefuna’ receives a 4 out of 5 rating from us. We’d love to see your thoughts in the comment section if you have watched the movie.

Rating: 4/5

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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