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Mo Abudu makes directorial debut with two films

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Media entrepreneur and the Chief Executive Officer of EbonyLife Group, Mo Abudu, is set to direct two short films. Though her company has been the executive director of some films, she stated that this will be the first time she will be in charge of the entire filmmaking process.

Recall that Abudu attended the London Film School in 2017, where she completed a course in directing.

In a statement sent to Saturday Beats, Abudu said, “I believe in learning and understanding any major assignment I undertake. Directing is an art form that takes years to master, so I’m beginning with baby steps. I have written two short films that I will be directing– ‘Her Perfect Life’ and ‘Iyawo Mi (My Wife)’. The latter is a predominantly Yoruba language film.

“Although the stories are fictional, they highlight the mental health challenges, hardly spoken about in Nigeria, but which many people deal with all over the world. Mental health issues can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, income or social class, and they are on the increase.”

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‘Her Perfect Life’ is about a woman who seems to have the perfect life— a flourishing career, a growing business, a loving husband and two beautiful children— yet is contemplating suicide. It stars actors such as Pearl Thusi, Joseph Benjamin, Omawunmi Dada, Uzo Osimpka and Mary Lazarus.

On the other hand, ‘Iyawo Mi (My Wife)’ is about a man who arrives home one night to find a horror awaiting him. His wife, Eniola, seems to have gone mad; hallucinating, screaming at their children and neighbours, and threatening to kill everyone. He then takes matters into his own hands, with tragic consequences. It features Adedimeji Lateef, Bolaji Ogunmola, Segun Arinze and Jude Chukwuka.

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The projects are supported by the British High Commission and the French Embassy in Lagos, while the sponsors include UBA Foundation, Wale Tinubu,  Artsplit Limited and Sporting Lagos.

 

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After successful London premiere, Aiyefele Movie to screen in all major cinemas across lagos from May 3rd (Photos)

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On Friday 5th April 2024, Double Tees Productions premiered and screened the movie Aiyefele at the iconic Odeon Imac Cinema in Greenwich London.

The premiere red carpet was graced by hosts of Nollywood celebrities, from one of the lead actors Biola Adebayo, Bimbo Oshin. To celebrity guests Rykado Agbor and a host of others.

Aiyefele Movie (A Community on the Brink) is a riveting feature film that follows the journey of a community always on the brink of desolation; it struggles to find a cure for the plague killing its citizens as its beliefs and practices conflict with the new faith brought by missionaries. The people are threatened by a self-destructive culture,
assaulted by an endemic disease and oppressed by some evil forces until an unexpected visitor arrives to lead them from the drumbeats of sorrow to a vibrant tune of freedom.

Aiyefele features a respected ensemble cast in the industry, including Odun Adekola, Mercy Aigbe, Femi Branch, Bimbo Oshin, Biola Adebayo, Rotimi Salami, Lara Aiyeomoni and Akinola Akano. It is directed by
the award-winning Seun Olaiya.

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Set in 18th Century Nigeria and England, Aiyefele takes its audiences on an emotional journey of sacrifice, reflection, and redemption.
Executive Producers are Toyin Moore and Omotayo Utomi.

Feedback from the Premiere in London has been hugely positive, with the audience describing the movie as interesting, funny, emotional, with a wow effect and an immersive experience.

AIYEFELE Movie will be showing at Bluepictures cinema in City Mall Lagos from Friday 3rd May 2024.

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Check out pictures from the London Premiere below.

 

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Anikulapo’ Returns Bigger, Bolder in ‘Rise of the Spectre

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Trailer for ‘Anikulapo: Rise of the Spectre’, a spinoff of the hugely successful 2022 period piece, ‘Anikulapo’, debuted last Tuesday. This followed the official poster unveiled days earlier, by the producer/ director, Kunle Afolayan, to the delight of Nollywood buffs online.

The six-part epic series is primed for release soon. Viewers will get to continue the intriguing and fascinating story of Saro and Queen Arolake. The original movie tells the story of Saro, who arrived in Oyo as a stranger and a traditional textile weaver.

Saro and Arolake are caught in a forbidden romance as she is an unhappy wife to the King. The two eloped and Saro becomes a man of influence after being saved from death by a mysterious bird. Soon, the lovers are torn apart by Saro’s betrayal.

It ends with Arolake disappearing after destroying what made Saro powerful. While in ‘Anikulapo: Rise of The Spectre’, in a race against time to avoid a dismal fate, traveler Saro returns to the Oyo Kingdom with orders to complete a nearly impossible task.

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With Kunle Remi returning as Saro and Bimbo Ademoye as Rolake, the lovers-turned-foes are joined by a unique pack of Nollywood veterans and stars such as Sola Sobowale, Jide Kosoko, Lincoln Owo Ogunde, Taiwo Hassan, Gabriel Afolayan, Adewale Elesho, Uzee Usman and Lateef Adedimeji.

Other fan favorite and exciting new cast members include Adebayo Salami, Moji Afolayan, Aisha Lawal, Adeniyi Johnson, Funky Mallam, Sokoto Alabgedeorun, Ropo Ewenla, Olayiwola Razaq Olasunkanmi, Kayode Aderupoko, Damilola Ogunsi, Oyindamola Sanni, Sunday Omobolanle, Sisi Quadri and Titi Kuti.

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The much anticipated ‘Anikulapo: Rise of the Spectre’ was solely shot at the Kunle Afolayan Production (KAP) Film village in Oyo with a cast and crew of 600 people. Upon its debut in March, the series will be available for streaming in 190 countries.

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Nollywood Thriller IJOGBON Dominates Netflix

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Netflix latest Nollywood hit, “Ijogbon,” has soared to the top of the streaming giant’s list of most-watched films.

Currently, ‘OJOGBON’ secures the leading position on Netflix’s Top 10 List in various regions worldwide.

In Kenya for instance, it ranks at number 10 among the Most-watched films, which I was hoping Click Click Bang will hold – (Well, at least a spot in the top 10 but No.)

Ijogbon is the most watched film in Nigeria.

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This raises the question of why “Click Click Bang” is now available on the platform.

Is there a lack of support for local content from Kenyans, or is there a discrepancy between the film’s publicity and its actual viewership?

Kenyan viewers preferred to watch K Drama Ballerina, thriller Fair Play, Anna Castillo’s Nowhere, Benicio Del Toro’s Reptile, Will Smith’s Gemini Man, and real classics like Tuxedo Man – and of course IJOGBON.

As avid Netflix viewers are well aware, the platform has been diversifying its offerings with a range of international titles, from popular K-dramas to acclaimed movies.

Set against the backdrop of a rural village in South-West Nigeria, the plot revolves around four teenagers who stumble upon a cache of uncut diamonds.

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However, as word spreads about their valuable discovery, the group must navigate the treacherous path of evading those eager to claim the bounty.

The trailer (above) offers a glimpse into the lengths to which treasure seekers will go to retrieve the jewels and the harrowing journey the teens must undertake to safeguard their find.

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The title, “Ijogbon,” translates to a state of turmoil or chaos, and the film undoubtedly lives up to its name.

This teen drama is perfect for those seeking suspense and a departure from the ordinary.

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