TOBI (the movie) EXCITES MUMA GEE AND OTHER NIGERIAN STARS

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If the buzz around the movie, TOBI (a Nigerian flick shot inNew York) is anything to go by, then the Nigerian movie industry might be on the verge of witnessing one of its most exciting cinematic episodes since the days of Ije and Unwanted Guest.

It therefore hardly came as a surprise whenNigeria’s flamboyant singer, Muma Gee recently expressed her unreserved anticipation and excitement towards watching the movie.

The gorgeous singer and recently made this known in a chat with Simply Samad noting that she was glad the countdown to the premiere had begun.

Previously, Mr. Nigeria 2007, Bryan Okwara had equally described the production of the TOBI, a Nigerian movie shot on the streets of New York as a remarkable feat for the producer, Emmanuel Ijeh and the nation as a whole.

Muma Gee’s marriage to Prince Eke finally took place in December 2011, after being shifted for her music video shoot in November.

The drama in the movie, TOBI explores the consequences of what happens when 21-year-old Tobi (Mark Williams) bows to the dark side of gang pressure. In a flash, a seemingly morally upright young man gets caught in a web of violence, guns, bloodshed, drugs, parental expectations and conflicting voices in his head. Interestingly, the bond of brotherhood also stretches the thematic window of choices and sacrifice. The director, Bethels Agomuoh further bridges the gap between the Nollywood andHollywoodby shooting a Nigerian picture in theUnited Stateswith a healthy blend of American and Nigerian cast.

TOBI been scheduled to premiere in Nigerian cinemas on April 13, 2012 and will feature a red carpet premiere inLagos.

The movie is proudly supported bySilverbird Cinemas,NigeriaFilms, Wazobia FM, STV, Blue Pictures, Emani Studios, AIT, City Mall, DSTV, ROK Productionz, Galaxy TV, Acada Magazine, Showbizhub247, Simply Samad MEDIA, NollywoodAmerica, Swish Interactive and a growing list of others.

TOBI poster
Lead actor in the movie, TOBI, Mark Lavan Williams
Nigeria's U.S-based actress, Chisom Oz-Lee
Nigeria's U.S-based actor, Chet Anekwe
Muma Gee - TOBI

Synopsis

This drama explores the consequences of what happens when 21-year-old Tobi (Mark Williams) bows to the dark side of gang pressure. In a flash, a seemingly morally upright young man gets caught in a web of violence, guns, bloodshed, drugs, parental expectations and conflicting voices in his head. Interestingly, the bond of brotherhood also stretches the thematic window of choices and sacrifice. The director, Bethels Agomuoh further bridges the gap between the Nollywood andHollywoodby shooting a Nigerian picture in theUnited Stateswith a healthy blend of American and Nigerian cast.

Cast

Mark Williams                         (as Tobi)

Chet Bashari Anekwe             (as Tobi’s father)

Chisom Oz-Lee                       (as Tobi’s mother)

Jimmy Allen                            (as Tobi’s brother)

Producer – Emmanuel Ijeh

Director – Bethels Agomuoh

Review

Not the kind of story that would instantly fire up the bolts of momentary anticipation but the dramatic twists, suspense and sterling interpretation of roles by some of the cast scores high on the pages of a dramatic epic. Ironically, in place of the main story, the theme of blood bonding between brothers and the cards of sacrifice and selflessness touch a more sensitive cord.

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