Nigerian music star, Banky W, and actress, Adesua Etomi, are newlyweds in a new Nollywood film titled ‘the wedding party.’
The film, premiered to the press, Thursday, at the Filmhouse IMAX Lekki, Lagos, will be screened in the cinemas on December 16.
A suspense-filled romantic movie, it is inspired by Nigerian weddings and a desire to showcase African music and lifestyle.
Elfike Film Collective, a collaboration of Africa’s leading powerhouses – EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios, put it together.
The Executive Producer, Mo Abudu, attended the screening alongside the cast members, Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Ireti Doyle, Alibaba, Sola Sobowale, Ayo Makun, among others.
It is the first time industry giants will partner on a film project and with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) recognition, it shows that collectives can grow and prosper the continent’s film community.
Written by playwright Tosin Otudeko and directed by Kemi Adetiba, ‘The Wedding Party’ is a first of its kind initiative designed to raise the bar in African storytelling through unrivalled technical achievement in filmmaking and creative media arts.
Set in Lagos, Nigeria, it tells the story of Dunni Coker (Adesua Etomi), a 24-year-old art gallery owner and only daughter of her parents about to marry the love of her life, IT entrepreneur Dozie (Banky W)
The couple took a vow of chastity and looked forward to a groundbreaking first night together as a married couple.
Alibaba and Sola Sobowale- the Coker’s who were set to show off their affluence played the role of Dunni’s parents while the wealthy Onwuka’s, Iretiola Doyle and Richard Mofe-Damijo played Dozie’s parents. Both mother in-laws were at loggerheads with each other as the duo wanted to reveal who was the most influential and wealthiest.
The Coker’s who were given second place to the groom’s family ended up beating the Onwuka’s to a grand entry at the wedding while the guests could not help but give a dancing ovation.
While the event planner, Zainab Balogun, who is constantly on her hands and toes, was bent on giving her client the much anticipated wedding, Mrs. Onwuka concluded plans on making Dunni’s life miserable since she refused marrying her class except her darling Dozie.
The movie was first announced in April 2016 and screened for the first time on September 8 at the opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival as a selection of the Spotlight City to City programme.
Other casts include Richard Mofe Damijo Beverly Naya, Emma OhMyGod, Lepacious Bose, Somkele Idhalama, Daniella Brown and Ikechukwu Onunaku. Others are Enyinna Nwigwe, Kunle Idowu, Sambasa Nzeribe, Hafiz Oyetoro among many others.