Survival Of Jelili is a comic story of an idiot, Jelili played by Femi Adebayo. In his quest to attain societal relevance, he takes on different jobs. In the end, it will leave you with lessons mixed with lots of laughter to his folly.
Jelili is unschooled. He’s almost useless as he constitutes nuisance wherever he finds himself. However, through his love for the Akara seller in the school, he helped both the school authorities and the police to nab the kidnapping syndicate that was terrorising both the school and the community.
The casting is beautiful and captivating. The movie is the point where the old dogs (The likes of the vintage Baba Wande, Yemi Sodimu, Papiluwe and, let’s say, Ojopagogo) meet with the new hounds (Woli Agba and his son, Dele played by Seyi law).
Commendably, Desmond Elliot’s role of a hausa senior military officer is almost impeccable. The accent, intonations and actions are apt.
All through the movie, Femi Adebayo (Jelili) didn’t fall out of his character. He wore the funny expression on his face, throughout, as though it were his real face. The smiles and giggles too.