One senses that Chika Ike’s motivation for telling this story stems from the work her foundation, Help a Child Foundation, is doing. Yet, she should have engaged the services of professional screenwriters because the screenplay she wrote is not up to scratch! Unquestionably, she is influenced by her background, having built a career from acting in films made from screenplays without spine.
Popular actress Chika Ike joins the league of thespians who have veered into production with the story of Ms. Nwanne, played by Ike herself, who tries to go the extra mile in trying to make an impact in the rural secondary school where she teaches.
Large classes and dilapidated school buildings, which are characteristics of rural and urban public schools in today’s Nigeria, are showcased – a sad commentary on the quality of education in the country. The staff room is not spared the filth and due to the fact that teaching and learning, however abysmal, is relegated to the background, the students resort to fighting as if they were sent to school to become wrestlers and boxers.
There is a failed attempt to tell the story of a good-natured, but unintelligent lad (Chidi), who is abused by his queer and drunkard father. The plot sags badly because the screenwriter and the director do not know what to add or remove to make the story interesting. Indeed, the screenplay is all over the place while the movie’s score is noisy.
Ms. Nwanne is presented as a do-gooder, who could appropriately be renamed St. Nwanne or St. Teacher. Her character has no known flaw coupled with the fact that this story is told without discernable conflicts or have very weak ones where they are identifiable.
Some of the subplots are highly exaggerated. An example is the story of the beggar student who inflicts very deep wounds on himself. Come on, that young man would have died of tetanus or gangrene (in a matter of weeks) for opening up the same wound over and over again.
The sequence between Nwanne and her husband (Solomon Akiyesi) is too long and even unnecessary. The fight scene between Jude (Joseph Benjamin) and the rapists is childish.
Serah Donald Onyeachor’s Miss Teacher is a dismal film that cannot make any meaningful impact at all because, in the first place, it is sheer torture to watch from beginning to end.