Hakkunde is a 2017 Nollywood film about a perpetually unemployed graduate who desperately leaves his city for a potential opportunity until a roadblock threatens to derail his chance at a career. It stars Frank Donga, Rahama Sadau, Ali Nuhu and is directed by Oluseyi Asurf.
One thing I know I enjoyed about Hakkunde is Akande’s character, played by Frank Donga. It looked to me like he wasn’t acting at all. Like playing that character was not a hassle, rather it was him just being himself. He was not trying to act, he did not over or underact. Akunde’s character was much like the unemployed youth we see in Frank Donga’s comedy skits. Akunde was a perfect and talented character to watch.
For me, Hakkunde was more about finding opportunities in the least likely of places. He journeyed from Lagos to Kaduna, following his new friend on a quest to acquire a grant for cattle rearing. His sister, a character played by Toyin Abraham, was not encouraging or soothing. she took every opportunity to rub his longstanding unemployment in his face and use him as an unofficial domestic staff, without pay. Despite the hardship he faced, Akunde did not give up on wanting to escape this unfortunate plight that has plagued millions of Nigerians today.
That said, Hakkunde teaches a very important lesson. It teaches everyone, young and old, not to give up, but rather persevere even while seeking a way out of their peril. It also raised awareness about sickle cell anemia, digital marketing, and entrepreneurship. It is a movie every youth, employed and unemployed alike should see.
Hakkunde was not released recently. In fact, it is more than a year since the movie’s release in 2017. If you were not able to watch Hakkunde in the cinemas then, you can now watch it on Netflix.