Saturday, 9 April 2011

News Release: Immediate Lagos, 7 April 2011, Afro Hollywood UK Lagos Screening of Suspicion - A movie by Afro Hollywood UK Lagos the capital city of Nigeria was the venue for the premiere of the first British Nigeria Nollywood movie Suspicion directed by Eugene Smith a British film director. The Afro Hollywood Picture’s first movie premiere in Nigeria held at the International Press Centre of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos on Friday 1st April 2011. Guests started arriving the venue from 4pm to beat the Lagos traffic for the event that lasted till late night. Prior to the premiere of the most acclaimed British Nigeria movie Suspicion, there was a press conference attended by editors and journalists from leading newspapers in the country. The interactive session with the media gave an insight into contributions of Afro Hollywood to the development of film industry in Nigeria. An upcoming stand - up comedian Baba Tee gave the guests some classic crossover rib-cracking jokes to usher in the movie screening. Set in London, Suspicion tells the story of an easy going generous young man who just cannot say no to ladies. He has a fun loving affair with Sandra an attractive Caucasian designer as well as helping his neighbour on her runs. His socialite wife, who mistakes his generosity for philandering, does not appreciate his generous nature. What happens next? The movie starring Shevaun Siobhhan, Ramsey Nouah, Kate Henshaw, Toyin Adegbola, Rachel Oniga, Lere Paimo, Alamina Joe - Iyalla, Kenneth Mukoro and many others. The guests at this highly anticipated screening expressed optimism in Nollywood. Some of the comments are as follow: “Good exposure for our movie stars” – Filmmaker Tunji Bamishingbin. “What a brilliant concept, a cultural mix which is still not common in our movies here” – Actress Remi Oshodi. It turned out to be a reunion p arty for Golda, an actress of international repute who is back in Lagos after a long absence from Nigeria. She has been involved in mainstream professional stage, TV and Films in the UK, her recent works include Let’s Dance for Comic Relief – Jacksonitis, Gone Too Far a feature film, directed by Destiny Ekaragha and Family Legacy a short film by the National Health Service (NHS) UK. The event was attended by notable practitioners such as His Royal Highness Oba Kabiyesi Gbenga Sonuga, the Fadesewa of Simawa, the one time Director General of Lagos State Centre for the Arts and founder & Artistic Director of International Centre for the Arts Lagos (ICAL) , Olori Peju Sonuga Nigeria’s first make up artist, Chief (Mrs) Elizabeth Akanni, Engr. Stanley Da’ Silva, Engr. Wole Odutola, Chief Dekus, Barrister Tunji Bamishingbin, Mufu Onifade Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP) Lagos State chapter and Nollwood was well represented by directors, actors, actresses, producers and script writers. The premiere of Suspicion in Lagos was sponsored by Arik Air and supported by Mainframe Productions, Zmirage Multi-Media, Rockview Productions and SY & T Communications Ltd. END Captions: Pix 1: Tess Abioye, Remi Oshodi, Nike Adebowale, Mike Abiola, Golda John and Aramide Sarumoh Pix 2: Barrister Tunji Bamishingbin, Nike Adebowale, Remi Oshodi and Baba Tee