Monthly Archives: June 2017

The EbonyLife TV & Film festival is almost fully booked

Seats are still available for the series premiere of Fifty

The EbonyLife TV & Film Festival is only a couple of weeks away and seats are already filled, with the exception of Fifty (the series). However, the spaces will be filled up in no time, as celebrities begin to book and cast members confirm their availability. Fans who haven’t booked yet are running out of time.

The highlight of the evening will be the premiere of Fifty (the series), a spin-off from the 2015 hit movie, starring the original lead actresses, Ireti Doyle, Dakore Egbuson-Akande and Omoni Oboli, with Keira Hewatch, Wale Ojo, Kachi Nnochiri, Timini Egbuson and Chris Attoh completing the star lineup. Guests can also look forward to a ‘lit’ after-party at the exclusive Signature Lounge, with music by DJ Neptune.

Mo Abudu, founder and CEO, is looking forward to the event. “This festival is a way for us to celebrate with and stay connected to everyone who has been part of the EbonyLife story. We are so grateful for the support we have received over the years and look forward to celebrating with everyone on June 30th.”

The festival takes place at Filmhouse IMAX cinema in Lekki, from 3 – 11 p.m. Visitors must register for free tickets at www.ebonylifefestival.com, as all seats will be reserved for registered and invited guests only.

 

Filming wraps on The Wedding Party 2 in Dubai

Eager fans are one step closer to enjoying the sequel to Nollywood’s highest-grossing movie

After a couple of weeks of shooting in the ‘Jewel of the Middle East’, The Wedding Party 2 is now in post-production, with many weeks ahead of editing footage, sound and special effects, before the film can be screened at its first festival.

The cast and crew worked amidst jaw-dropping scenery and spectacular venues, thanks to Dubai Tourism and a host of local partners. By all accounts the movie will be a visual treat. The director, Niyi Akinmolayan, enjoyed shooting in Dubai and is excited about the next stage. “It has been a remarkable opportunity to film in Dubai – it was magical and the team was awesome. We are thrilled to create something special for viewers and we are sure that they will be impressed with the movie,” he said.

A behind-the-scenes shot in Dubai with Somkele Idhalama and Ikechukwu Onunaku

A behind-the-scenes shot in Dubai with Somkele Idhalama and Ikechukwu Onunaku

Mo Abudu, Executive Producer for EbonyLife Films, was also delighted about being in Dubai. “We had a really tough schedule, but we are happy to be moving to the next phase. We are really grateful for the support we received from Dubai Tourism and everyone else in the destination who worked so hard to make it possible. We collaborated with some remarkable partners who treated us warmly and were extremely professional,” she said.

After long days on the set, both cast and crew were able to unwind at fascinating attractions, such as IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai Mall and desert-based restaurant Qasr Al Sultan, before retiring to sumptuous accommodations at Atlantis The Palm, Palazzo Versace, Armani and Ghaya Grand hotels. Some of these locations are featured in the movie but moviegoers will have to wait to see which ones make the cut.

For fans eagerly anticipating The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai, this dedicated team effort is a reminder of what they can expect – a hilarious, high-quality film that simultaneously entertains and raises the standard of filmmaking in Nollywood. The film will have its Lagos premiere on December 10, with cinema release in time for the Christmas holidays.

The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai is a production of The ELFIKE Collective (EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios) and is supported by Dubai Tourism, Wontra Travel, Tour Brokers International, Guinness Nigeria, and Atlantis The Palm, Palazzo Versace, Armani and Ghaya Grand hotels. For more information, visit www.ebonylifefilms.com.