Coming From Insanity is a 2019 crime drama written and directed by Akinyemi Sebastian Akinropo, and produced by Ibidolapo Ajayi. It stars Gabriel Afolayan and features actors like Damilola Adegbite, Sharon Ooja, Wale Ojo, Dakota Akande and Udoka Oyeka.


The plot follows Kossi (Gabriel Afolayan) who is trafficked from Togo as a child and ends up working as a house boy for a rich Lagos family, the Martins. He befriends the daughter, Oyin (Damilola Adegbite). Many years later, a grown-up Kossi, still a house boy, yearns for financial independence. He is intelligent but uneducated, and with all his years surrounded by wealth he couldn’t reach, won’t settle for minimum wage. So he learns how to print counterfeit money, and is so successful and circulates so much that EFCC is blown away. One of their agents, Detective Toye (Udoka Oyeka) gets on his case and is desperate to bring him to justice.

Coming from Insanity poster. Photo: Photo by Akinyemi Sebastian Akinropo
Coming from Insanity poster. Photo: Photo by Akinyemi Sebastian Akinropo

An original piece

Part of why Coming From Insanity is so good is how original it is. A man runs an actual money printing business in Lagos, scamming money changers and swimming in champagne while an obsessive detective tracks him down – what’s not to like? The plot isn’t convoluted and there’s no ridiculous or “unexpected” plot twist at the end, though the resolution is a bit too easy. Even if you hate all sorts of crime no matter the circumstances, you might still find yourself praying that the counterfeiters win. The last scenes of the movie will have you screaming internally and trying to use your spiritual will to make everything go well.

Kudos to the actors

Gabriel Afolayan did nothing but be wonderful with his role. Both the actor and the character are the highlight of the movie. Afolayan is effortless as the smooth, endearing and intelligent Kossi, who will have you rooting for him before long. Kossi wants it all – money, respect, the ex-boss’ beautiful girlfriend. There’s nothing particularly noble about him – he doesn’t even spare a thought for children who were trafficked like him. But we love him anyway. Most of the other actors do justice to their roles, even when they aren’t given much to do. Udoka Oyeka as the obsessed detective makes you feel his frustration as Kossi continues to elude him.

Of course it’s not perfect!

Coming From Insanity has its problems. It’s good enough for these problems not to be a bother, but they’re still there. Like how sometimes logic is abandoned for the sake of convenience. We see this in the best of movies, but that doesn’t mean we can’t complain about it. The climax was a bit too easy. There are a few issues with sound and music. We have Kossi narrating some of the things that happen, which is cool, except for some things we would have preferred to see.

Well done!

A lot of people love this movie, and it deserves all the praise it gets. It doesn’t force its humour and there’s no half-baked love story. It holds your attention from beginning to end. The ending wasn’t perfect though – there should have been more. It won’t actually be a bad thing if they milk this movie and give us a sequel.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Watch Coming from Insanity on Netflix

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