Abeni (2006)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - Benin , Nigeria   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Jason Buchanan

In a country where fifty new films are produced every week and a movie mad population voraciously consumes them all with unparalleled ferocity, filmmaker Yunde Kelani sets himself apart from the formidable pack with this enthralling tale of long lost love set against the backdrop of the Yoruba culture. Abeni (Sola Asedeko) has lived a charmed life. The ambitious daughter of a wealthy father, she is set to be married and all signs point to a healthy and prosperous future. In contrast, Akanni (Abdel Hakim Amzat) was born into poverty, but has since managed to improve his lot in life through steady determination and a healthy dose of hard work. When Akanni was a child, his father worked for Abeni's father and the two youngsters became sweethearts. Akanni was a reckless boy though, and as a result of his foolish actions his family was eventually forced to relocate across the Nigerian border and set up a new homestead in Cotonou, Benin. When fate brings Abeni and Akanni together once again after years of separation and the childhood bond that the pair once shared proves as powerful as ever, both their well-planned futures - and their commitments to their respective fiancées - soon begin to crumble as the childhood sweethearts finally realize that they truly were meant to be together.