Series Title: Diiche
Release date: September 29, 2022.
Duration: 40 minutes per episode
Directors: James Omokwe, Tolu Ajayi, Fiji Gambo and Ifeoma Chukwuego
Cast: Daniel K Daniel, Efa Iwara, Uzoamaka Onuoha, Frank Konwea, Uzoamaka Aniunoh, Kalu Ikeagwu, Chinyere Wilfred and Gloria Anozie-Young.
“Why go unnoticed when you can stand out?” This was a saying that Showmax took to heart with its first Nigerian original series, ‘Diiche’.
Compared to various movies and series released this year, ‘Diiche’ deviated from the norm, exploring the psychological thriller genre.
The six-episode series ended on November 3.
In addition to its murder mystery concept, Diiche also promotes Igbo culture.
Featuring an outstanding cast, including veteran actors such as Chinyere Wilfred and Gloria Anozie-Young, the six-part thriller series told the story of Odiiche, a famous actress who becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation after she His fiancée’s body is discovered one night after their engagement party.
There is no doubt that Diiche is full of strong concepts and surprising twists. However, this does not mean that he is without flaws, including some uninteresting dialogue, unrealistic plot developments, and underdeveloped characters.
If you watched ‘Blood Sisters’ or the Hollywood horror movie ‘Us’, then the plot of ‘Diiche’ may be familiar to you.
At the beginning of the first episode, we see the policemen gathered around a house, looking at a dead body. The body is revealed to belong to an A-list Nollywood producer, Nnamdi (Daniel K Daniel).
The detectives, Kassim and Ijeoma (Uzoamaka Aniunoh), quickly turn to Odiiche (Uzoamaka Onuoha), Nnamdi’s fiancée, tagging her as the prime suspect in the murder case.
His assumptions are proven wrong when his alibi and story check out. This redirects your questioning to other people connected to Nnamdi. Meanwhile, an unknown figure visits crime scenes and steals evidence materials.
At last, the detectives find a solid suspect: Nnamdi’s best friend and business partner, Jimi (Efa Iwara). Although he denies responsibility, several facts prove otherwise. Not caring about the recent development, Nnamdi’s mother (Gloria Anozie-Young) continues to blame Odiiche, whom she firmly believes is responsible for her son’s death.
After much back and forth between the detective and potential suspects, the case begins to look like a dead end until an event from thirty years ago comes to light.
Through a flashback, we see Odisha’s origin story. It is revealed that her mother (Chinyere Wilfred) sought supernatural help who took a wrong turn giving birth.
The final episode has Diiche facing both the killer and the demon that lives inside of her.
As mentioned above, ‘Diiche’ is a break from the cliché of romantic comedies and dramas that have graced our screens this year. While exploring a murder mystery isn’t new, Diiche found a way to infuse the concept with cultural representation.
The cinematography is also a standout feature of this series. This is not surprising, since it has the financial support of Showmax. The quality was quite unlike any other; the camera movements were tailored to each scene, the lighting was excellent, and the color grading reminded us of Cloture, a successful 2019 crime thriller.
The cast does an excellent job playing the characters. Uzoamaka Onuoha, who plays Diiche, is an AMVCA Best Actress candidate as she rose to the occasion, playing both the hero and the villain in this series.
Uzoamaka Aniunoh is another great actress who was able to go from being a fearless and level-headed detective to a loving and understanding person through her portrayal of Inspector Ijeoma. And let’s not start with Gloria Anozie-Young, who needs to give an acting masterclass in how to cry on cue.
Showmax tried to make a mark with ‘Diiche’, but not without some flaws.
There were a lot of show and don’t tell moments in the series. Plot development relied heavily on dialogue to move the story forward. Discussions were also used to express a character’s feelings rather than cues such as behaviors or facial movements.
While the main cast did a remarkable job, the extras were less so.
Finally, the ending was so anticlimactic. The writers could have taken an alternate route, perhaps having the evil version of Diiche set her mother up as the killer, or having the evil Diiche kill someone else.
8/10. Diiche was a series that left a great first impression and left viewers on the edge of their seats with each episode.