Mrs. and Mrs. Johnson: The Derwin First Shot Initiative

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The Derwin First Shot Initiative is an NGO set up to give young men and women their first shot at shooting their first feature films by providing the funding required for these first feature films.


Young and aspiring film-makers across Africa find it very difficult to raise funds to produce their own feature films.  They are also hardly given opportunities by existing film-producing companies to work as producers or directors because they are often seen as greenhorns that need experience before they can be given the “opportunity” to take on such projects.  Therefore, many of them suffer in their creative cocoons, feeling like fish-out-of-water in other sectors and sometimes, they end up frustrated.


The very first beneficiary of the Derwin First Shot Initiative is a talented, young female film-maker, Alexandra Kura’ave Hul, a graduate of Economics from the University of Abuja, who has to her credit two short films (one of which is i-Games) that have done very well in film festivals across Nigeria.  Under the Derwin First Shot Initiative, she has now directed her first feature film,  Mrs. & Mrs. Johnson, an urban drama with slight comic hues, which journeys through the rude awakening that shakes the world of two women, both named Mrs. Johnson, under a very unusual circumstance.


Kiki Omeili, Beverly Osu, Kunle Oluwaremi, Lord Frank, Tunbosun Aiyedehin, Layole Oyatogun & Mariam Lecky all star in  Mrs. & Mrs. Johnson.  The associate producers of Mrs. & Mrs. Johnson are Gbemiga Oladele and Akua Asiedua Boateng while the film is produced by Grace Edwin-Okon, the initiator of The Derwin First Shot Initiative.


Below are pictures from the movie:

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Amarachukwu Iwuala

Amarachukwu Iwuala

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