Amir (Jamaal Ibrahim) looks at Nkem with conviction and without fear or hesitancy as he shows her a map, and asks if she knows the directions to a certain location. It was a moment of fearlessness from a kid who’s been trained in the ways of audacity and is now bent on going against those who set him on a destructive life part. And this is one of the good things from Adekunle Adejuyigbe’s ‘The Delivery Boy’, selling us a character that genuinely stands out.
Most Nollywood films hardly seem to focus on that. However the quality of a movie is, we hardly ever get a character that stands out, even if the story centres on him or her. In the case of The Delivery Boy, this is different; maybe because the movie runs on a much shorter length than most, or doesn’t have a wide range of characters.
The Delivery Boy centers on Amir, a boy who’s trained to be a suicide bomber by a terrorist group whose ideals center on religious extremism, but eventually turns away and decides not to go down that part. Amir steals plans by the organization to bomb a hospital, as well as the tools to carry out the act. On the run, after killing a member of that terrorist group, Amir ends up in a tricycle, at wee hours, with Nkem (Jemima Osunde), a prostitute. Nkem is in this profession to raise enough money for her brother, who’s in the hospital.
The Delivery Boy manages, in just about an hour, to give us many good things to see and dissect, and highlights issues in this country. We see opportunism when Nkem finds out that the kind of person Amir is, but doesn’t care, so long as she gets rewarded for giving him directions. Then Nkem finds out that the hospital that Amir is sent to bomb is the one in which her brother currently unconsciously resides, and starts to care, highlighting selfishness and self-interest.
We see hypocrisy, like Amir, a suicide bomber, slams Nkem for being a prostitute, accusing her of knowing nothing about virtue, or the actions of Mallam Sadan, head of the terrorist organization Amir was with. We see the strife children go through; Nkem’s brother only ended up in the hospital because he walked on her and their uncle being physically intimate and confronted said uncle. Apparently, their uncle has been sexually abusing Nkem since she was 8, and the one time she refused to sleep with him, her face felt the force of a pressing iron.