The Lagos State Ministry of Culture and Tourism will partner with Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Films to deliver the new movie, FIFTY, which will premiere on December 13, 2015, says the culture and tourism commissioner, Folly Coker
Confirming government support for the film in an official letter to EbonyLife Films, Coker stated, “We appreciate the rich showcase of our great city through FIFTY’s celebration of the pulse and energy of this fast developing metropolis and its people through the lenses of its four leading women. We can proudly say Lagos State is the movie’s fifth character.”
In a media statement issued on the partnership, Mo Abudu said, “We are thrilled to have Lagos State endorse our movie. FIFTY is a celebration of all that is good in and about Lagos and Africa as a continent. Our hope is that our great city continues to be an iconic backdrop for many more stories in the near future.”
The endorsement follows good local and international support for the film and the filmmaker. Earlier in the year, FIFTY was selected to screen at the 59th BFI London Film Festival – the only Nigerian film and one of five African films – alongside some of the year’s biggest titles. FIFTY has garnered rave reviews from the BBC, CNN and leading online and print publications.
Directed by Biyi Bandele, FIFTY captures a few pivotal days in the lives of four Nigerian women at the pinnacle of their careers. Tola, Elizabeth, Maria and Kate are forced at midlife to take an inventory of their personal lives, while juggling careers and family obligations against the hustle and bustle of upper-middle class Lagos.
The movie stars Ireti Doyle, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Omoni Oboli and Nse Ikpe-Etim in a quest to showcase African women coming of age, loaded with increasingly similar aspirations and dilemmas faced by their contemporaries everywhere, while yet navigating unresolved traditions and obligations.
FIFTY will premiere at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on December 13 and will hit the cinemas nationwide on December 18.
Cover Photo – FIFTY’S FOUR: Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Omoni Oboli, Nse Ikpe-Etim and Ireti Doyle