Adapted from the Nigerian novel by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, I Do Not Come to You by Chance is a film with an easy to follow, rounded plot that engages audiences from beginning to end. Telling a heartfelt story of poverty, firstborn responsibilities, and familial love in a world surrounded by Nigerian email scams; the film follows Kingley Ibe(played by Paul Nnadiekwe) and his quest for employment.
However, after years of struggling to find work, even as he holds multiple degrees, Kingsley begins to realize that in Nigeria, education does not equal money. As tragedy hits the family and Kingsley rushes his father to three hospitals — before finding one that will accept him into emergency without complete payment — Ibe finds himself in a troubled situation. Having to take on the responsibilities of a first son, he ultimately takes a risk and reaches out to his mother’s estranged brother, Uncle Boniface.
Both sorrowful and humorous, I Do Not Come to You by Chance delivers remarkable and memorable performances through each cast member under the skillful direction of Ishaya Bako.
The film is a fictional story that spotlights the significance of written words, pulling Kingsley out of the dark depths of poverty. But when fiction turns into reality, will he be able to return to his previous beliefs of success through knowledge and education?