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Lagos-Centered Sci-fi “Iwaju” Streams On Disney Plus In February

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Kugali Media, in collaboration with Disney Animation, has officially announced February 28, 2024, as the launch date for the sci-fi series “Iwaju.”

This confirmation coincided with the release of a teaser on Monday, January 22, 2024, validating the earlier declaration made at the 2023 African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) that the series would make its debut in 2024.

“Iwaju,” created by Hamid Ibrahim, Toluwalakin Olowofoyeko, and Ziki Nelson (who also serves as the director), is an animated series unfolding in a futuristic Lagos, Nigeria.

The storyline, penned by Adeola Hudson and Halima Hudson, revolves around the journey of Tola, a young girl from a privileged island, and her close companion Kole, a self-taught tech expert. Their friendship faces challenges when Bode, a tech pioneer with a concealed criminal underworld, comes as a threat.

Following the release date announcement, a stellar cast of voices for the animation has been unveiled, including Nigerian-American actors Dayo Okeniyi, Simisola Gbadamosi, veteran actor Femi Branch, Siji Soetan, British-Nigerian actress Weruche Opia, Shaffy Bello, Obi Maduegbuna, Kehinde Bankole, Chioma Omeruah, Bisola Ayeiola, and Tosin Oshinaike. Additionally, Lala Akindoju, who also serves as the casting director, is part of the project.

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According to Shock Ng, Simisola Gbadamosi lends her voice to Tola, a curious and opinionated girl eager to explore the world. Siji Soetan voices Kole, Tola’s best friend, while Weruche Opia takes on the role of a high-tech robotic pet lizard named Otin.

Expectedly, Kugali Media is set to release a documentary titled “Iwájú: A Day Ahead,” shedding light on the untold stories of the founders of this Pan-African entertainment company.

Shot on three continents, the documentary is directed by Megan Harding and executive produced by Amy Astley and Beth Hoppe.

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Chimezie Imo Speaks On Actors Playing Stereotypes In Nollywood

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Nollywood star Chimezie Imo tackled two common hurdles actors face in the Nigerian film industry. One challenge Imo addressed was the tendency for actors to be typecast in similar roles. While acknowledging the frustration this can cause, Imo offered a surprising perspective.

He suggested that being stereotyped isn’t always a negative thing.

Perhaps he feels it can provide stability and recognition. Also, it allows actors to hone their skills in a particular genre. The interview piqued viewers’ interest in learning more about his unique perspective.

He said,

“I’m of the opinion that stereotyping is not really a bad thing, especially in the movie scene, because it only means that you’re really good at something, and everyone can tell, and it’s okay to be good at one thing. But there’s so much an actor has that you don’t want to be kept in a box.”

Chimezie Imo argues that actors can find ways to bring something fresh to their performances even when cast in roles that seem repetitive.

“Sometimes, even when you get those stereotyped roles, you can have conversations to tweak it a little bit. For example, there was a script that I had and it was supposed to be emotional and I said, ‘Okay, can I be emotional without crying?’ I didn’t shed a tear in that film. There are other ways you could be emotional without shedding tears.”

He also discussed the challenges actors face during auditions.

Placing the blame on the casting directors, Imo said,

“Auditions challenge you. One of the worst things is getting a ‘No’ or getting in front of some people and losing all your lines and whatever; that is also because of most of our casting directors here.”

Chimezie Imo didn’t shy away from discussing the pressure actors experience during auditions. He even pointed out that some audition environments can feel cold and unfriendly. In his own words, he said,

“I think we also need to do better. We don’t know how to make people comfortable and warm, just a bunch of straight faces looking at you like they’re about to stab you, and that line you’ve been rehearsing for 3 weeks just flies.”

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Filmmaker Cheta Chukwu Selected For 2024 Torino Film Lab’s Writer-Director Program

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Nigerian filmmaker Cheta Chukwu has been chosen for the 2024 Torino Film Lab’s (TFL) Extended Writer-Director Programme in the Netherlands for his new project, “Love is a Deeper Shade of Red.” This recognition strengthens his position in the global film industry.

The TFL, based in Turin, supports filmmakers working on their first and second fiction feature films. It focuses on four main areas: training, development, funding, and distribution. TFL also provides networking opportunities through events like the TFL Meeting Event and other co-production markets.

The TFL workshop will be held in Amsterdam from June 20 to June 25, 2024. Also, subsequent online sessions over the next two months will follow.

Chukwu first gained fame with his comedy film “Payday” (2018). It is about two friends, Paul and Ortega, whose landlord dies just before their rent is due. They decide to use the rent money for fun until the landlord’s daughter, Yemisola, threatens eviction unless they pay within 24 hours. Nigeria received this film well, as did nine Francophone countries. Furthermore, it was distributed on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Chukwu’s upcoming romantic comedy “Strawberry Chinny” will be featured in the Cultural Connections section at the Essence Film Festival from July 4 to July 7, 2024. The film follows Chinny, a Nigerian makeup artist. She moves in with her childhood best friend, Ifeanyi, after her boyfriend dumps her.

Chukwu recently completed “Adam Bol,” a comedy filmed in Kazakhstan and Nigeria. This move showcases his talent for creating cross-cultural stories.

Also, participating in the TFL Extended Writer-Director Lab offers Chukwu a significant opportunity to collaborate with other talented filmmakers. The programme includes notable script tutors like Anne Feinsilber (France), Ayman El Amir (Egypt), Chiara Laudani (Italy), Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten (Sweden), and Isabella Weber (Italy).

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Check Out The trailer For Yoruba Gangster Movie, “Lakatabu”

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When a man begins to use his powers for criminal activities, threatening the lives of citizens with his power and connections. He is Lakatabu the fierce one,” Adekola said on Instagram on Sunday, June 9, 2024.

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