If Tomorrow Never Comes
A young lady, Eruwabena (Yvonne Nelson) loses her mum in heart-rending circumstances and is sent to serve under a priestess, who is the administrator of a deity. There she falls in love with Kay (Deyemi Okanlawon) and battles to survive one misfortune after another.
The writer/director must be applauded for creating remarkable supporting and minor characters. The owner of the shelter – the ludicrously overweight woman; the hemp smoker and Johnny are not easily forgotten.
The depiction of modern Ghana as very primitive, seen in the shrine sequences, is saddening. Certainly, there are still adherents of the African Traditional Religion (ATR). However, the way the story unravels, it first seems it is set in pre-colonial times and when it becomes clear that it is a contemporary story, the shrine subplot is projected like ATR is the people’s main belief system. Films uncover elements of a people’s culture and so the ideas propagated through movies must be well-examined.
Were the people in the rural area, for instance, barred from using mobile phones?
I find grammatical errors in the dialogue of films very appalling and there are several in If Tomorrow Never Comes. Eruwabena narrates, “My uncle had sold me to some sort of slavery bounded not in chains, but by the bounds of a woman’s demonic affliction. Bound should have replaced bounded and bonds is the right word where bounds was used.
Continuing her narration, Eruwabena says, “Two hours later, I delivered a baby boy”. The right expression is “Two hours later, I was delivered of a baby boy. Danna Adebajo (Michelle Hammond) says ‘I am neither a preacher or clergy.’ Neither nor, either or collocate; not the other way round!
What manner of actor is the roadside food seller, the one in the violet blouse? She was laughing, knowing that she was being filmed. In spite of the fact that the corpses are deposited for away in the bush, does it mean the smell of many unburied human beings will not be perceived a few kilometers away?
If Tomorrow Never Comes tells a watery story. The writer and director could have explored the baby factory phenomenon, which is very common in South-Eastern Nigeria. If that story had been well-researched and told in a thought-provoking and entertaining way, the film would have been a hit.