Onyeka Nwelue, whose debut feature documentary on Africa’s first female novelist, Flora Nwapa, titled, The House of Nwapa, premiered at Harvard University, has released the behind the scene visuals for his Igbo language film titled, ‘Agwaetiti Obiụtọ’(Island of Happiness).
Debuting in the film that the writer and filmmaker has said will go places are Paulcy Nnamdi Iwuala, Bugzy Dvinci, Arbenco Aigbe and a host of other.
Nominated in the AMAA for Best Documentary Award this year, The House of Nwapa went on to screen at over 12 film festivals in the U.S., Zimbabwe, Trinidad & Tobago and Cuba.
Nwelue told staging.sabinews.com that ‘Agwaetiti Obiụtọ’ is an adaptation of his novella, Island of Happiness, published by Hattus Books.
“Shot entirely in Oguta in Imo State and in Igbo Language, the film is the story of Oguta, focusing on four friends, Bugzy (played by Trap musician, Bugzy Dvinci – Obinna Nwokedi), Willie (played by Willie Samuel Iboro), Arbenco (played by Arbenco Aigbe) and Akah (played by Lorenzo Menakaya), who return when NDDC promises to pay Oguta youths stipends,” said the filmmaker.
The narrative is centred on their relationship with Oguta and her people – how they come to fight against oppressors and imperialists like Papi (played by Paulcy Nnamdi Iwuala), Chief Mbanefo (played by Harry B Anyanwu) and Reverend Father Amadi (played by Ugo Stevenson).
Nwelue serves as Executive Producer and Director of the film and it is produced by Blessing “Bondy” Onyekwere and Blessing Uzzi under Blues & Hills Pictures.
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