Dakore Egbuson-Akande is one half of the celebrity sibling duo, Timini & Dakore Egbuson. Asides from being a celebrity sibling, she’s one of the finest actors in Nollywood. With a twenty-year presence in the industry, many have watched her grow professionally as an actor. Thank God for Netflix because it’s been a shame having to limit the reach of some of the talents Nollywood grooms. Here’s a ranking of a few of Dakore Egbuson’s films/Tv shows available on Netflix.
Undoubtedly one of the best Rom-coms we have in the industry (yes, I just said that), Isoken follows the story of a thirty-something year old career woman under pressure by her family to secure a husband. She’s soon stuck between the ‘perfect man’ and the ‘perfect man for her’. It’s not uncommon for Dakore to deliver a stellar performance, at this point it’s second nature to her. Her ability to effortlessly embody a character is one that makes her character easily likeable by the audience, which is very important in ensuring the audience roots for the protagonist all the way. As a member of the audience, I was able to totally relate with her dilemma, even though I haven’t been opportune to have two men fighting over me.. In terms of delivery, embodiment and overall performance I would rate it a 9/10.
FIFTY (THE SERIES) (2017)
The Fifty spinoff continues to follow the stories of the four women juggling their personal and work lives as they approach their fiftieth birthday. Just as they left off in the film, these women now try to navigate their lives as fifty-year olds. Dakore’s character, Tola, is still left with figuring out how to handle the family secret involving her on screen brother/son. Fifty was such an amazing film in my opinion and the series, which felt a bit unnecessary at first, turned out to be a good watch. Her performance in the film/series deviated from the sweet girl persona she had embodied in Isoken. In terms of delivery, embodiment and overall performance I would rate it a 8/10.
Not to fret if you haven’t watched Fifty (the film), it doesn’t entirely matter, it’s still quite easy to follow the story in the series.
THE SET UP (2019)
I think we’ve established that in the midst of great nollywood films, Dakore Egbuson-Akande isn’t so far off. The Set Up, follows the lives of two friends, Grace (Kehinde Bankole) and Chike (Adesua Etomi), forced by circumstances into the life of crime in order to survive. Dakore’s character, Motunrayo, is roped into Grace and Chike’s plan as a pawn in the real scheme set up by the Madame (Tina Mba) and Edem (Jim Iyke). As the one of the most oblivious character mos to the grand scheme (like most us watching the film), Dakore was able to capture emotions like that of a deer in front of headlights. As a veteran in the game, switching emotions is a skill Dakore has honed over her years in the industry. To be fair, this isn’t one of her most captivating films as she felt more or less like a supporting character (even though her face is front and centre on the official film poster) . In terms of delivery, embodiment and overall performance I would rate it a 8/10.
For someone that joined the industry over two decades ago, it’s ludicrous how she has managed to stay relevant through the years and better herself as a performer. She’s one actor I never get tired of watching on screen.
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