Mother of George

Synopsis: Adenike and Ayodele, a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, are having trouble conceiving a child - a problem that defies cultural expectations and leads Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save or destroy her family.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Andrew Dosunmu
Production: Oscilloscope Pictures
  7 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min


Ayodele, good health,


for both of you.

Give me good kids.

We'll always be here for you.

I wanna second that.

Good health.

A strong long life.

Your secrets will remain intact.

Your crown will stay

long on your head.

Your shoes will last long

on your feet.

In the power of the Almighty,

in the power of the Oshun,

in the power of all our Orishas,

arise, arise.

Adenike, you and your husband,

nothing will ruin you two.

You will give birth to a son.

You will give birth

to a daughter too.

You will give birth to twins,

as well.

That will do now.

You and your husband

will not know suffering,

will one day sit and

relax the way I am,

and enjoy your children the way

I am enjoying you now.

Adenike, like these bananas

you will not be bruised

in your marriage.

Pineapples are always sweet.

Your life will always be sweet.

- You look wonderful!

- So do you.

- Your head wrap, everything, so nice.

- Thank you.

- You are coming from Lagos?

- Mm-mmm.

I live here in Brooklyn now.

Ah. That's good.

ey, I didn't forget everything.

- You have cause for me today, Sade.

- Uh-huh.

To you, dear Adenike,

the woman of my life.


- Congratulations!

- Congratulations!

God bless.

This is to ensure fertility...

and prosperity.

Go on. Put it round your waist.

If Ayodele's father

were to be alive today...

the party wouldn't have ended.

I know.

He would be dancing...

and causing everybody

to havin' a good time.

Like his sons.

Right. Like his sons.

That is why...

I pray...

every day...

that to bear him a son...

that will be named...

George Babatunde Balogun.

And this...

This is what I used to carry

Ayodele on my back.

I want you to take it

and carry your child with it.

Use it to carry my first grandchild.

Don't cry, don't cry.

Our prayers have been answered.

Where's my younger brother?


Where is he?


Come sit next to me.

Come, come, come.

When you fool around...

Yemi... No, not me.

Pretend as nothing happened.

When a goat strays,

he must always return home.

Because home is where your

peace and happiness dwells.

Always come home to sleep over.

Always come home to eat.

And even if you have eaten,

come home to eat again.

You must provide her

with a good home.

A home full with children.

Get busy.

Let's share this with our Orishas,

our ancestors,

and the Almighty

to answer our prayers.



You didn't have to do this.

I have last night's specials

waiting for me.

What you make here is for

everyone else.

What the hell?




Thanks for meeting me.

Of course. Look.

I match your shirt now.

Yeah, exactly. Perfectly.

- How are you?

- Okay. How are you?

Oh, everywhere. It's everywhere.


- I need to get this out.

- We're gonna go...

to this really great store

over there...

- and get you a new shirt.

- No.

- I don't need a new shirt.

- Yes!

I'm fine. I'll just go wash it

when I go home. It's fine.


With the new shirt on.


- Come, come, come.

- Oh, no, no.

You doin' all right in there?

It is transparent.

It's supposed to be.

Tuck it in.

Like this.

You can see everything!

- Then go braless.

- Hey!

Ayodele will love it.

It's too much money.

You remember Sade?

Go there.

Okay. Okay.

What's this?

Sade bought it for me.

It's a little transparent.

I thought that you would like it.

I do, I do, but not

for everyone else to see.

Go on.

- Mama...

- Come on, come on.

Take another sip.

Go on, please.

- Twice a day?

- Morning and evening.

I want to get a job.

Join the crowd.

I can use my skills.

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