The Uyo premiere of Okechukwu Oku’s ‘The Boss Is Mine’ was scheduled to take place on Sunday 10th January 2016 at Silverbird Cinema at the Ibom Tropicana Entertainment center Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
What should have been a triumph however turned into a travesty when the premiere was unable to hold due to negligence on the part of Silverbird Cinema management.
At the venue on the D-day, the red carpet arena and viewing hall were ready at 4pm in preparation for the premiere scheduled to start at 5:30 pm. The organizers and red carpet crew proceeded to their hotels to get dressed. Upon their return, it was discovered that power was out; crew members who manned the equipment told them that the power cut happened as soon as organizers left the venue.
“We waited for power to be restored to no avail. Guests were around, members of cast were present, Iyanya, Sele Bobo and other members of Triple MG were present, politicians and people who had bought regular and VIP tickets were all present waiting for power to be restored. It wasn’t. When we asked for the reason for this strange occurrence, we were told that there was a generator fault. This fault, we were informed by the management of Silverbird Cinema also extended to all standby generators – about 4 of them,” Okechukwu Oku said.
As it got later, guests started to leave, including people who had bought tickets. At about 8:45pm the power was restored. At this time however the crowd had dispersed. Those who were still around expressed their disappointment and sadness in their red carpet interviews.
Okechukwu Oku was the most disappointed of all. “Even if the screening of film started when power was restored, it would have failed still because about one hour later, there was a final power cut. Attendees were angry, frustrated and disappointed and I, as the convener and movie producer was devastated. We had spent millions, paid for everything that was required and still the premiere failed. We were let down by the management of Silverbird Cinema, Uyo.
“We have written to the management of Silverbird Cinema in Uyo demanding an explanation and are yet to receive any response,” he added.
Meanwhile, The Boss is Mine premiered at Genesis Cinema, Enugu on Friday January 8th 2016 and was without incident.