Sometimes, God allows certain things to take place in the lives of individuals which may not be to the benefit of the individual in the short run. Such is the story of Tijan in Mirror Boy, an emotional story of a British-Gambian that was forced by circumstances in Britain to return to Africa.
He is led away from her mother in mysterious circumstances in a very busy Gambian market, into the forest, then from village to village, only to discover his true identity as a prince. But his arrival in the kingdom unsettles the queen and his uncle Samba who orchestrated the death of his father and tried to do away with him and his mother.
An Obi Emeloye film, Mirror Boy no doubt represents a proud Nigerian brand with good special effect and breathtaking costume. Audio is not bad but could be improved upon. However, the search for Tijan, featuring the Gambian Police Force leaves much to be desired.
An action-packed police team, deploying all arsenals within reach would have created a more formidable impact. Besides, it appears that the film wasn’t classified by the National Film and video Censors Board. Are there lessons to take home? Lots of them; one of which is the need to refrain from blaming God when things fail to work out the way we would have anticipated.
Genevieve Naji played Tina, Osita Iheme played Mirror Boy, Fatima Jabbe played Queen, Edward Kagutuzi played Tijan, John Charles played Samba, Trew Sider played Rodney while Francisca Marston played Tanya.