By Benjamin Njoku
Award-winning Nigerian-born British actor, David Oyelowo alongside his co-star, in the American film, “Selma”, Carmen Ejogo were excited to be in Nigeria last Sunday,as the film premiered at the House On The Rock Cathedral, Lagos.
The historical film directed by Ava DuVernay is about Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. and his campaign for black voting rights in 1965. The movie was premiered in Nigeria by the Rock Foundation in collaboration with the United States Mission in Nigeria to promote non-violence in the forthcoming elections.
David Oyelowo who returned to London at 13 after days some of his childhood in Nigeria plays legendary African-American civil rights leader Martin Luther King in the movie, while Carmen Ejogo plays the role of Coretta King, his wife. Both British actors are of Nigerian decent, both of David’s parents are Nigerian and Carmen’s father is Nigerian.
Speaking before the premiere, Mr Oyelowo said he was excited to be in a place where he didn’t have a panic attack when someone was about to pronounce his name.”It is a thing of joy for him to make a movie that would speak to the need of the country’s social and political development. Nigeria is country of my birth and I spent seven years of my life here and we all must contribute our quota towards its development and peaceful co-existence of the people living therein,” he added.
The event was attended by US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, Mo Abudu, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Timi Dakolo, Julius Agwu, IK Osakioduwa, Wana Wana, Omoni Oboli, Joseph Benjamin, Joke Silva and Olu Jacobs.