While a movie paying tributes to one of Nigeriaâ€™s greatest soccer stars, former captain of the Super Eagles, Austin Jay Jay Okocha is receiving finishing touches in New York, arrangement has reached its peak for the shooting of aÂ bio-pic on Nigeriaâ€™s superstarÂ Â reggae artiste Majek Fashek.
Majek described by his teeming fans as â€œa prophet and a poetâ€ is one ofÂ Africaâ€™s revered contemporary musical performers, rivalling compatriots Alpha Blondy and Lucky Dube in recognition and popularity around the world.
But like a candle in the wind, the reggae star has disappeared from the sceneÂ leaving in its stead, aÂ permanent vacuum where a onceÂ blossoming musical career existed.The screenplay written by cerebral and easy-going film producer, Charles Novia is starring award winning actor, Francis Duru as Majek Fashek alongside Sam Dede, Stella Damasus and other top Hollywood actors.
According to Novia, the movie which he is shooting on 35mm and tookÂ about three years to finetune is presently at pre-production stage after which the casts will travel to New York, in October, to shoot the American scenes that make up more than half of the movie.
Duru,Â HVPÂ gathered has been undergoing guitar lessons, character assimilation and extensive study of Majek for the past eight months to fit into the role.
â€œFor the past three years, I have been working on the bio-pic on Majek Fashek. We are at the last stage of production after which weâ€™d leave for New York to complete theÂ shooting of the film in October. .â€
â€œWhatever his travails and the public perceptions of him, Majek is remains world class material, who has promoted so much interest world wide with his genre of music.
Therefore, a movie on his life and career has to meet world standard.â€