Bauchi Governor, Emirs Laud ‘Up North’ Movie at Lagos Premiere

Bauchi state governor, Barrister Mohammed Abubakar, alongside the Emirs of Ningi and Misau were among the dignitaries who graced the premiere of ‘Up North’, a movie produced by Anakle Films and Inkblot Productions.

The movie, which was screened to an array of northern royalties, celebrities, media personalities, and other dignitaries on Thursday in Lagos, showcases the rich Northern Nigeria culture and amplifies the tourism potentials of the region.

With the plot set in Bauchi, the movie sees an overbearing billionaire father (Kanayo O. Kanayo) get fed up with his rebellious son, Bassey (Banky W), and sends him off to NYSC in the northern Nigeria city.

The movie follows Bassey’s journey to self-discovery as he navigates between life, love, friendship, and purpose in this thrilling drama.

The film also focuses on girl-child education and girl empowerment within the local northern community where the protagonist begins a new life.

Shot in Lagos and Bauchi states in 2018, the movie boasts of cameo appearances from Bauchi state governor, Barrister Mohammed Abubakar, and both Emirs of Ningi and Misau.

10 Reasons Why You Should Watch “Up North”

‘Up North’ directed by Tope Oshin will be hitting cinemas on December 28, 2018 and here are 10 reasons why you must see Nollywood’s biggest movie yet!

The Production – Up North is arguably the biggest Nollywood movie ever made.  Breaking boundaries and doing the extraordinary, the movie had over 25,000 background actors, 5 cameras and over 160

crew members including security on its’ biggest day.  A feat that has never been achieved in Nollywood.

Amazing Storyline –You know how sometimes you have a nice story, but something goes wrong towards the end? Or a story that takes forever before it redeems itself in the last 5 minutes? This is not the case with Up North. The storyline is amazing from the beginning to the end.

The Producers- This is Inkblot Productions’ ninth film since 2015 and the company has built an enviable reputation as box office heavy weight. Their track record includes The Arbitration, My Wife and I, The Wedding Party 1&2, New Money and Moms At War.  Up North is Inkblot’s first collaboration with Anakle Films, whose parent company Anakle is one of Nigeria’s leading digital agencies. They were responsible for The Bride Price App and widely loved Wikipedia AD with Pete Edochie and Emmanuela.

Stellar Cast- Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Kanayo o. Kanayo, Ibrahim Suleiman, Rahama Sadau, Michelle Dede, Hilda Dokubo, Akin Lewis and many more star in Up North. It’s a perfect blend between old and new and everyone brings their A Game.

Cultural Identity – The people, language, tradition and incredible landscape of Northern Nigeria serve as the backdrop for Up North. It is an authentic look at life in Bauchi and the filmmakers stayed true to the North.

The Tope Oshin Brand – Acclaimed Producer/Director Tope Oshin has built a stellar body of work and in Up North she takes things a notch higher. Up North is very well directed and you can see that every single detail was paid attention to.

Family Friendly – Up North is a movie for everyone, and I mean that. Young, Old, Southern, Northern, Rich or Upcoming rich, Christian or Muslim, there are many things to connect you to the characters of Up North and the situations they face. Everyone will leave Up North with a smile of satisfaction.

An Emir and a Governor – Up North can boast of being the first film to have a sitting Governor and an Emir star in it as both the Governor and Emir of Bauchi made cameos in the film, giving the movie the much needed spice to make it truly exceptional.

Beautiful Cinematography – This is one film that will leave you wanting to travel to Bauchi by night bus! WOW! The pictures, the wildlife, the hills! Up North is a beautiful piece of cinematic genius!

Be a part of History – Don’t be told how great the movie is, be a part of those telling the tales of its greatness.

Adesua Etomi-Wellington & Ibrahim Suleiman are in Love in new movie “Up North”

Who else has been seeing stills from the forthcoming movie “Up North” and just naturally believed real-life couple Banky W and Adesua Etomi Wellington would play a couple on-screen?

Well, it seems all of us were wrong.

It turns out Adesua’s love interest in the movie will be just-wedded Ibrahim Suleiman.

In a new trailer shared today, Banky’s character (Bassey) is seen encouraging Ibrahim’s (Sadiq) to shoot his shot at Adesua’s (Zainab).

Even more: it looks like Bassey’s love interest will be Maryam who is played by Rahama Sadau.

Check out the trailer below:

Watch Dakore Akande, Jemima Osunde, Kate Henshaw in New Money Trailer

Set in Lagos, Nigeria, “New Money” follows the life of Toun Odumosu, a young aspiring designer whose life changes following the death of an absentee tycoon father, who left her to fill his shoes.

The drama follows her coming to terms with her newfound riches as she tries to successfully merge her newfound wealth with her old life.

“New Money” also features Wale Ojo, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Falz, Osas Ighodaro, Falz, Wofaifada, Daniel Etim Effiong, Adeolu Adefarasin, Kalu Ikeagwu, Femi Branch, Daniel Etim Effiong, Bikiya Graham-Douglas among others.

“New Money” marks the third collaboration between Inkbot and Filmone, who also co-produced the highest grossing Nollywood film, “The Wedding Party 2.”

Directed by Tope Oshin and written by Naz Onuzo, “New Money” will premiere in cinemas on March 23, 2018

Watch Trailer:

The Wedding Party 2 – 467 Million Naira Worldwide!

According to the latest data released by the producers of “The Wedding Party 2,” the film has grossed 467 million naira worldwide.

The successful, romantic comedy film “The Wedding Party 2,” which premiered on December 15, 2017, has become the highest grossing Nollywood movie.

According to the latest data released by the producers, the Niyi Akinmolayan film has earned 412 million naira at the Nigerian box-office and 55 million naira abroad, making it a total of 467 million naira worldwide.

The spot was previously held by the original film, which had pulled in a total of 450 million naira to become the highest grossing movie.

The Wedding Party 2 Box office success

Its success started with it racking in 20 million naira on its opening day, becoming the biggest opening day in Nollywood

The momentum continued into the week as the film hauled 100 million naira in just five days. And 18 days after its release, the film had grossed 312 million naira.

Directed by Akinmolayan, “The Wedding Party 2” boasts a star-studded cast that includes Ricard Mofe-Damijo, Sola Sobowale, Enyinna Nwigwe, Adesua Etomi, Patience Ozokwor, Ireti Doyle, Banky W and Daniella Down.

Mo Abudu, CEO, EbonyLife Films, reacted to the success of the film, saying: “The success of TWP 2 is further proof that Nigerians are willing to watch quality Nollywood movies in cinemas.

“We are so thrilled by how much viewers have embraced it. The entire filmmaking process was intense and exhilarating; we couldn’t have asked for a better response to the finished product.”

“The Wedding Party 2” is currently showing in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal, Cameroon, Benin Republic, Guinea, Liberia and UK.

With “The Wedding Party: Destination Dubai,” the “Wedding Party” films have now earned 917 million naira, making it the most successful franchise in Nollywood’s history.

Also, the current success of the sequel makes it impossible to dismiss the possibility of a threequel.

“The Wedding Party” is a partnership between EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios.

“The Wedding Party 2” Earned N20 Million On Its First Day At The Box Office

If you are in Nigeria, you should be familiar with the movie, The Wedding Party 2 and all the exciting drama that came with it. From the movie getting sold out four weeks before its premiere to its Arabian-themed party to the cast, it has been an exciting roller coaster.

Today, the Executive Producer of the movie, Mo Abudu revealed that movie generated N20 million in its first day at the box office. The Wedding Party 1 held the previous record of raking in N9.6million in its first day.

The Wedding Party 1 made over N450 million at the box office and is the highest-grossing Nollywood movie.
Congratulations to the team.

The Wedding Party 2

All your favourite characters are back in The Wedding Party 2.

The ELFIKE Film Collective, a partnership between EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios, have released the teaser for the much-anticipated film, The Wedding Party 2 – Destination Dubai.

With the cast of the original film returning for another wedding, the sequel to the promises to be even more colourful and twice as funny, with jaw-dropping scenes from one of the world’s favourite holiday destinations.

Watch teaser

Nollywood Defies Recession As The Wedding Party Breaks Record In 2016

Nigerian cinema has best-ever box office returns, thanks to a new generation of quality films and savvy marketing

Despite a gloomy economy and an uncertain outlook, the Nigerian movie industry has just enjoyed its best year at the box-office with an amazing N1 billion from a record 50 locally-produced titles. After years of predictions, it seems that Nollywood is finally delivering on its promise and putting quality before quantity.

As a result, movie-goers have rewarded the industry with a massive increase in cinema ticket sales. The N1 billion bonanza, represents nearly 30 per cent of the N3.5 billion generated from just 28 cinemas across Nigeria, which includes movies from Hollywood and around the world.

The Wedding Party, Nigeria’s latest blockbuster movie, has broken box-office records at every milestone since it was released nationwide to critical acclaim on December 16. It took just two weeks to eclipse the record of N176 million held by AY’s A Trip to Jamaica, emerging with a staggering N200 million before the New Year weekend was over. Both films led a strong lineup of popular Nigerian films in 2016, including Wives on Strike, The CEO, 93 Days and ‘76.

A Trip to Jamaica had an amazing run during September-October and looked set to close the year as the box-office champion. However, The Wedding Party hit the cinemas with the biggest opening weekend in Nollywood history with N36 million; the best-ever opening week with N66 million; the biggest week ever with N110 million; and a jaw-dropping Christmas box-office total of N146 million.

What followed appears to be unprecedented, with cinemas in many parts of the country reporting sold-out screens throughout the rest of the holiday season, as excited fans who saw earlier screenings returned for a second round, often with friends and family in tow. Much of the appeal of the film is due to a heartwarming storyline, beautiful sets and gorgeous costumes, while most of the audience can identify with the lavish Nigerian wedding, contentious relatives and almost-chaotic proceedings that defy even the most careful planning.

This amazing response to a Nigerian film suggests that the producers, ELFIKE Film Collective, were right to assemble such a stellar cast and to trust director, Kemi Adetiba, to guide them to superb performances. Relative newcomers like Banky W and Adesua Etomi look comfortable alongside veteran actors, Richard Mofe-Damijo and Ireti Doyle, while the comedy genius of Sola Sobowale, Ali Baba and AY shine through. ELFIKE relied on the collective experience of the partners, EbonyLife Films, Film One, Koga Studios and Inkblot Productions, to ensure high production values throughout.

ACCORDING to Executive Producer, Mo Abudu, “We really believe that the Nigerian consumer will support ‘made in Nigeria’ products if the quality is comparable to international standards. We wanted to create a film that would make our people proud and the response of movie-goers suggests that we have succeeded. Equally important has been the support of so many sponsors, including Dubai Tourism, Airtel, Diageo and Bank of Industry, who were instrumental in getting us off to an amazing start.”

COO of FilmOne Distribution, Moses Babatope, is delighted by the public response, noting enthusiastically, “This has been an amazing year for Nigerian cinema. With returns of well over N200 million, The Wedding Party is on track to deliver numbers we have never seen before for a Nigerian film. It’s important to note that it is selling more tickets than Rogue One, part of the Star Wars franchise and the biggest film worldwide this season. For the first time, Nollywood is competing with Hollywood at the Nigerian box-office and winning.”

The Wedding Party is only the second film produced by EbonyLife Films. It’s predecessor, Fifty, was the most successful film at the Nigerian box-office in 2015 and has spawned a television series due to air on EbonyLife TV in 2017. Fifty was the only Nigerian film and one of only five African films from a global selection of 238 films to be screened at the 59th BFI London Film Festival.

There are two new films in the works, including a sequel to The Wedding Party that will ensure more outstanding commercial success for EbonyLife in 2017/18. The Wedding Party is still showing at all cinemas across Nigeria.

A Boost For Nollywood With ‘The Wedding Party’ Success

Nollywood film “The Wedding Party” has shown Nigerian cinema at the top of its game, with its success at the box office taking it to new audiences across Africa and the world.

The country may well be in recession but Nollywood, which churns out some 2,000 films a year and is the world’s second-biggest film industry outside India, has never been healthier. “The Wedding Party” is a madcap, glamorous comedy telling the story of the marriage of Dunny and Dozie, despite the misgivings of their families’ rivalries.
One family is Igbo and the other Yoruba — two of the main ethnic groups in Nigeria.

The film’s director, Kemi Adetiba, admitted that she hadn’t expected it to be so successful.
In the two months since its release, the film, which is still showing in cinemas, has already generated 400 million naira ($1.3 million, 1.2 million euros), shattering the west African nation’s previous record.

Until then, the record was the 178.5 million naira made by “A Trip to Jamaica”, which also came out last year, showing that homegrown films can be more popular than Hollywood blockbusters.

The Wedding Party

The Wedding Party is a 2016 Nigerian romantic comedy drama film, directed by Kemi Adetiba and produced by Don Omope,Zulu Oyibo and Ijeoma Agukorony, premiered on 8 September 2016 at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada and on 26 November 2016 at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos.

The film is produced by ELFIKE Film Collective. The ELFIKE Film Collective is a partnership of four major production houses in Nigeria: EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios, respectively
The Wedding Party follows the shenanigans that go on during the planning of a high class wedding in Nigeria.

Dunni, a 24 year old art gallery owner and only daughter of her parents, Engineer Bamidele and Mrs Tinuade Coker, is about to marry the love of her life, IT entrepreneur Dozie, the handsome son of Chief Felix and Lady Obianuju Onwuka. The couple took a vow of chastity and are looking forward to a ground -breaking first night together as a married couple.

Between matchmaking attempts on the bridal train, a wedding planner on a mission to succeed, the unruly behaviour of some ‘village’ guests much to Tinuade’s horror, Dunni’s uncertainty about her new husband’s faithfulness during the time of their courtship, amidst colourful aso-ebi, eclectic music, small chops, and souvenir drama, we begin to wonder whether Dunni and Dozie will get through their wedding reception unscathed.

The wedding party stars; Adesua Etomi ,Banky Wellington ,Richard Mofe Damijo ,Sola Sobowale, Iretiola Doyle ,Alibaba Akporobome, Zainab Balogun, Enyinna Nwigwe, Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama, Beverly Naya ,Daniella Down, Afeez Oyetoro, Ikechukwu Onunaku, AY Makun, Emmanuel Edunjobi and Kunle Idowu.

Written by playwright, Tosin Otudeko and Kemi Adetiba, the original concept was conceived by Executive Producer, Mo Abudu and is an Elfike Collective Film – a collaboration of Africa’s leading film powerhouses – EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios, respectively.

‘The Wedding Party’ is the second offering from EbonyLife Films after last year’s FIFTY.

See BTS photos below.