KFB Movie! There was no ‘chemistry’ between Funke Akindele and Joseph Benjamin in ‘Married but Living Single’

If you are a career driven woman like me, then this movie is a must watch for you…there’s so much to learn from it!

Our movie of the week is ‘Married but living single’.
Cast: Funke Akindele, Joseph Benjamin, Tina Mba, Joke Silva, Kiki Omeili and Femi Brainard.

Produced by: Kalejaiye Paul

Directed by: Tunde Olaoye

We all know Funke Akindele for her comic roles (not being able to speak proper English) and
razzness in movies, but in Married But Living Single, she breaks out of that role, tries out
something new and does a good job of it. 
 When the movie actually started, watching Funke Akindele speak “proper English” was kinda funny but I got used to her new role later on, lol, thumbs up Funke!

Married but living single tells the story of an ad executive who has a
problem with work life balance. 
Set in present day Nigeria, Kate (Funke Akindele), an ambitious young woman, is
desperate to climb the corporate ladder so fast and attain career fulfillment,
even to the detriment of her family.

 Kate is hell-bent on achieving and
affording the finer things of life as she expends a lot of time and energy on
her job. Her commitment to her career makes her lose a grip on her husband, her
child, and her home.

She crowned it all by not traveling with her husband, Mike (Joseph Benjamin) to India for surgery. The Doctor advised that his wife should take a leave and come with
him to hasten the recuperating process, Kate agrees to go with her
husband, but as they are about to travel, Kate
is torn in between traveling to help her husband recuperate and winning
the biggest account ever for her company.
She didn’t even fulfill her promise of picking him up at the airport, come on!!!
Married But Living Single

Of course this only gives room for
yet another ambitious young woman, Titi (Kiki Omeili), whose own ambition is
fueled by her deep passion to land a good man for herself.  
Titi makes herself
available and, naturally, Mike is enamored with her. Before long both are
locked in a steamy hot affair.

There is also Lola a
family friend of Kate’s who tries her best to keep her home against her better
judgment even when faced with frequent emotional and physical abuse visited
upon her by her short tempered husband Patrick (Tunde Olaoye). 
Her refusal to
wake up and smell the coffee was her undoing. With no consideration for their
daughter who had to live the through mental and emotional abuse, which will
most certainly live permanent scars in her life, Lola stuck to her guns and
remained in a bad marriage until one morning she just didn’t wake up!
The excellent satiric plot of this movie
touches on all aspects the family—relationship, trust, neglect, and emotional
and physical abuse, as are evident in our daily living. 
The movie teaches that the foremost ambition of any couple
should be how to strike a balance between work and family and the trick is to
know where to draw the line.

 Thumbs up!

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a) Funke Akindele did a phenomenal job as the ad executive.  She was able
to translate emotions into the screen and you found yourself understanding her
point of view and walking her struggle.

b) Joke Silva is damn so good! She interpreted her role as Funke’s boss well enough, I could feel her!
c) Loved the positive display of African culture through the use of Ankara wears in major scenes in the movie…it was really colorful!
d) The picture quality, sound and background music was perfect!

Thumbs down!
a) The opening award scene should have been shorter and the dancing scene (at the end) was
b). Whoever casted Joseph Benjamin and Funke Akindele as hubby and wifey did a terrible job, there was no chemistry between them. Funke Akindele and
Joseph just didn’t have any sparks as I didn’t quite get that “oomph” that
would have made your heart sing just watching them.
c) Joseph forgave his wife easily…hello, he was supposed to make her
suffer at least and ignore her for a while but he forgave her just like
that …..oh well! 
married but living single

That said, y’all should see the
movie and learn. The bottom line is we all need to find that balance.

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You can watch the trailer HERE.


Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani News. She has BSC in Mass Communication from the Redeemer's University and M.A in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (2014 - 2015) where she majored in Public Relations and Advertising and Digital Media.  When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books. Tel: +2348000000901 Address: Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Email: [email protected]


  1. Movie critique, what chemistry are you talking about? Oh, is it until they get to bed, and have sex that'l depict that there is a chemistry between them yeah?

  2. Kemi is it only Funke Akindele movies that you watch ni. All the movies you review is either about Joseph benjamin, funke akindele or emem isong.

  3. Joseph benjamin is one bad ass actor, he acted well. He is so romantic and handsome. He knows how to make a woman's heart go thingy thingy.

  4. This movie is a killer, it really made sense. I understood Kate's dilema cos i'm so addicted to my job too. Though my husband is not complaining yet, we are barely 8months old in marriage, the movie made me realize that one should always put one's family first. Dont think you are indispensable. Look at Kate, her boss made her think she was indispensable, called her to resume work even when her leave wasn't over and at the end of the day it was still this same boss that fired her, imagine. Live for your family is he key and at the same time be the best that you can be at your career

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