By Peterking Quaye – Silverbird Cinemas-Ghana yesterday played host to two of Africa’s most celebrated actors Osita lheme and actresses Genevieve Nnaji, for the grand premier of the movie dubbed as a revolution in Africa cinema ‘Mirror Boy’.
Award-winning Nollywood movie ‘The Mirror Boy’ stars Genevieve Nnaji and Osita lheme were on the Red Carpet of the West African premiere at Silverbird Cinemas Accra Ghana on Friday 17th June at an event hosted by 2011 AMAA(Africa Movie Academy Award) best actress Ama K Abebrese organized by IfactoryLive and Agency Ephat.
The ‘The Mirror Boy’ from the stables of Nollywood Factory (TNF) is a full service international entertainment production company with offices in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. TNF has extensive experience in Film, Television and Stage production, Music Promos, business promotion and marketing services including Advertising, Commercials and Corporate Events coverage.
‘The Mirror Boy’ (cert 12A) a family adventure written and directed by Nigerian film legend Obi Emelonye and produced by OH FILMS’ Patrick Campbell. According to the Producer the movie has already made history earlier this year when it hosted the biggest UK premiere of an African film at the world famous Empire Leicester Square and being the widest released Nollywood film in the UK across 10 Odeon cinemas on the 10th of June.
As a film journalist, l am of the, view that this critically acclaimed movie, from a view depicts an individual with a conflicting identity, searching and seeking to make his fear and reality in a Western atmosphere Despite a mixed comment from the inky fraternity it sets the platform to attract more eye but hoping to change the perception of the Western industry but will go a long way to pose a stiff competition and project an African story.
At a Press Conference in Accra ahead of the grand premiering red carpet, Osita Iheme, confirmed his stand as to his statement of ‘this movie is a revolution in the African movie industry’, he further say the perception of the Western world is that nothing good can come from Africa, but he is of the view that ‘this movie will shake off that negative view. “It is a real revolution” l invites you to join the journey.
Obi Emelonye ,the Director of the Mirror Boy has told the media that the movie which cast Nollywood star Genevieve Naji marks the new era in the movie industry in Africa. He said the movie is an African story produced in the Peoples Republic of Gambia and the UK but through the lens of a Nigerian lead cast supported by renowned actors from around the world.
He made this know during the speaking at a press conference to introduce the movie to Ghanaians explained that the movie was inspired by his seven-year-old son who lives in the UK and is battling his dual citizenship and identity status. He revealed that the movie is an attempt to bring to light the plight of many of such young Africans in Europe .
OH Films Producer Patrick Campbell said “Silverbird is committed to offering Ghanaians quality entertainment. Our movie “The Mirror boy” does just that. To night l bring you the best and say come one be part of the journey to GH”.
Managing Director of Ifactorylive & OH Africa executive Michael Djaba said “The support from Ghana to release this award winning Obi Emelonye directed film has been phenomenal, which has enabled us to provide a full package experience.
The red carpet event at Silverbird Cinemas saw a host of Ghanaian celebrities and fans alike due to attend. With 200 tickets available to purchase at Silverbird for those who want to attend the same screening as Genevieve Nnaji that night.
Oh Films another production partner is the film arm of OH TV (Sky 199), is one UK’s fastest growing TV channel for African Caribbean audience. OH Films was founded with a mission to make smart inspirational and commercial films and documentaries for a global audience. Its films have attracted world-class talent including Oscar winning composer AR Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) and Grammy Award winning singer Kirk Franklin.
The Mirror Boy features two of Nollywood’s megastars Genevieve Nnaji (The Last Party, Ije) and Osita Iheme (‘Pawpaw’ of Aki & Pawpaw, Mr. Ibo). It tells a compelling and uplifting story of a young British born African teenage boy named Tijan [Edward Kagutuzi] who is taken back to The Gambia – the birth land of his mother Teema [Genevieve Nnaji]. Once in The Gambia Tijan gets mysteriously lost in a crowded street market after witnessing a strange apparition. He then embarks on a magical journey that teaches him about himself and the mystery of the father he has never met.
Shot in the truly beautiful terrain of the Republic of The Gambia by the multi-award winning Director of Photography Clive Norman .The Mirror Boy is said by many in the international film business to be the Nollywood movie that can finally match its industry’s new found status. This was illustrated at the recent Monaco Charity Film Festival where actress Genevieve Nnaji was awarded the ‘Best Breakthrough’ ‘Performance (female) ‘for her role in ‘The Mirror Boy’ earlier this month.
Giveaways on the night was and competitions allowing the punters to win 1 gig wristband USB keys when they purchase a ticket the weekend of release”,check the thriller-www.themirrorboythemovie.com