July 19, 2018

‘The Royal Hibiscus Hotel’ in sold-out premiere at TIFF 2017 

‘The Royal Hibiscus Hotel’ in sold-out premiere at TIFF 2017 

EbonyLife Films has repeated its feat from last year’s edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) when it screened The Wedding Party to a sold out audience. The film this time round is The Royal Hibiscus Hotel (RHH), which premiered to a full house of nearly 500 people on Saturday, September 9 at the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto.

A statement from the producer’s publicist on Friday said the star-studded screening of the romantic comedy was well received by a diverse and appreciative audience.

During a brief question and answer after the film, lucky fans got a chance to meet the cast, including Zainab Balogun, Kenneth Okolie, Rachel Oniga, Jide Kosoko, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju and Toni Tones, director Ishaya Bako and several members of the production crew.

At the end of the presentation, members of the audience got a chance to take selfies with the stars.

Set in Lagos and London, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel tells the story of a disillusioned London chef, ‘Ope’, who returns to Nigeria and discovers that going home can bring unexpected surprises.

As the only Nigerian title and one of only three African feature films, it has attracted so much interest that the remaining two screenings on September 11th and 17th are sold out as well.

Executive Producer of the film, Mo Abudu, is ecstatic about the sold-out premiere and the public response to the other screenings.

“The eagerness of fans to see this movie in Toronto is overwhelming and humbling. It shows that people want to enjoy good, quality stories from any part of the world. We are incredibly proud of RHH and so grateful for the love everyone is showing,” she said.

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