View Full Version : The Destiny of Lesser Animals, deceptive title; great movie

7th October 2011, 11:07 AM
Yao B. Nunoo, lead actor in the movie

I found it interesting when I got an email that said I was part of six specially invited arts critics to have a first time view of The Destiny of Lesser Animals.

I was shocked though as to why I will be invited to watch a ‘documentary on the diminishing of lesser known species of animals’ – per my understanding of the title - prompting me to nearly take a stance that said: “Don’t go... it will be a waste of time.”

This will not be the first time my instincts could be lying to me, I said to myself. I disobeyed that discouraging instincts without thinking twice and headed straight to PaJohn’s, the venue for the show of this ‘documentary.’

I had the privilege of chit-chatting with Yao B. Nunoo, the writer of the ‘documentary’ in the midst of other invited personalities including Kofi Akpabli, a double winner of the CNN/Multichoice Arts and Culture journalist of the year and TV host Joselyn Dumas.

That discussion brought to light a shocking revelation; it turned out that, Yao B. Nunoo was not only the writer of the said production; he was also the lead actor in The Destiny of Lesser Animals! – So it’s a movie, not a documentary after all, I said to myself.

I was now very curious, anxious to get answers as to why the title of the movie could be so deceptive. After that healthy chat, soon it was time to unravel the mysteries behind the movie.

The story
A scene from the movie

The Destiny of Lesser Animals captures the life of Boniface Koomsin (Yao B. Nunoo), Ghana Police Inspector who lives in Cape Coast nearly a decade after he was deported from the United States. He makes the last payment on a "perfect" counterfeit passport, only to have it immediately stolen.

Desperate to recover it, Boniface enlists the support of the police on the pretence of a stolen pistol and follows a tip-off to the capital city of Accra in search of the stolen passport.

In Accra, Chief Inspector Oscar Darko played by Fred Amugu, who is investigating an armed robbery met Boniface and believed their cases are connected and therefore decided to work together.

Together, they follow a lead to casino hostess Serwah Bimpong (Abena Takyi), who refuses to cooperate in the armed robbery investigation that has to do with the murder of an American ex-pat in which a gun believed to Boniface's was used.

The two, returning later to Serwah's house to press her for answers, she gives in and names the suspect- a reckless drifter- named Yaro (Kennedy Ofori).

In the midst of that drama, Boniface confesses to Oscar the truth about his own investigation: it is his counterfeit passport he was looking for and not his pistol.

Oscar immediately throws Boniface off the case. Seeking redemption, Boniface decides to track the murderous Yaro himself – only to discover that his effort is too late.

One thing that sets this movie apart is the depth of the story crafted with Ghana in mind. It covers a Ghanaian cancer- thirst for greener pasture- which constantly be-devils our society.

The story brings to the fore lessons and dangers many face in their quest to get to the so called promise land forgetting the fact that Ghana, and Africa, holds bountiful opportunities ready to be exploited and harvested.

The lessons and images in the movie are so real and powerful. It has been adapted so well that one finds him or herself in at least a character in the production.