EbonyLife recently released a teaser for their, upcoming movie, Oloture. The teaser, many will agree, didn’t do so much of a reveal about the film. Save for information from those who have seen the film during its festival run, ot a lot is known about the upcoming movie. Much information has not been released officially about the film, but from what we have gathered, here all you need to know.
1. It Is a Departure From EbonyLife Films’ Previous Style and Genre Choices.
Romantic comedies and comedies, generally, have, so far, been EbonyLife Films’ choice genre of film. Their debut, Fifty, was one of the first Nigerian movies acquired by streaming giant, Netflix. Their sophomore, The Wedding Party, shattered indigenous cinema box office records. But, with Oloture, EbonyLife Films have dared to break out the box with a dark and gritty drama. So, while Oloture is statistically the sixth feature film project from EbonyLife Films, it is, technically a first of a kind for them.
2. It’s Directed By One Of Nigeria’s Most Respected Young Directors.
The directing for Oloture was handled by Kenneth Gyang of 2013’s Confusion Na Wa fame. Confusion Na Wa, Kenneth’s first feature film, won Best Film and Best Nigerian Film awards at the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Awards as well as Jury Prize at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. The film was also one of the first Nigerian films bought by Netflix and was the opening night film of the 2014 New York African Film Festival. Kenneth Gyang has, over the span of his career, established himself as a filmmaker of repute. His filmography includes Blood & Henna and the Nigerian/Norwegian collaboration of 2017, The Lost Café.
3. We Will Endure A Long Wait For Oloture.
For the Nigerian audience, winter is not coming anytime soon with regards to Òlòtūré’s Nigeria release. In keeping true to their holiday season release strategy, Òlòtūré will likely be released in Nigeria sometime towards the end of the first quarter of 2020 . Before then, Òlòtūré will complete a festival run during the summer.
4. This Is Mo Abudu’s sixth Executive Produced Movie
Mo Abudu, since the establishment of EbonyLife Films, she has worked as the executive producer on five movies, namely ‘Fifty,’ ‘The Wedding Party,’ ‘Hotel Hibiscus,’ ‘The Wedding Party 2’ and most recently, ‘Chief Daddy.‘ Òlòtūré joins that list to become the mogul’s sixth movie as executive producer.
5. The original screenplay for Òlòtūré was written by Yinka Ogun, but final writing credits go to Craig Freimond and Yinka Ogun.
6. Òlòtūré stars Sharon Ooja, Omoni Oboli, Blossom Chukwujekwu; Omowunmi Dada, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju; Wofai Fada; Bukola Oladipupo; Pearl Okorie; Ikechukwu Onanaku; David Jones David; Sambasa Nzeribe and Omawumi Megbele.
Watch Òlòtūré Teaser Below