Like a million stars, they shone and today, the black community, especially Nigerians living in far away Australia can hold their heads high and walk tall.
Bulky actor Ejike Asiegbu and mother one child, Monalisa Chinda made Nigerians living in Australia proud with their sterling performances in Gossip Nation a new movie directed by Australian-based movie director Daniel Okoduwa.
The movie which first premiered at Australia’s biggest cinema Hoyts, in Sydney on Saturday, the 14th of May ( and still making waves in other cinemas hall till date) attracted the movers and shakers of the Australian community some of whom were the leaders of the opposition of the state of New South Wales parliament, John Robertson, the Nigerian Ambassador J.C Ezema and several Afro- Australian actors, musicians and a host of main stream Australian entertainment and media personalities.
Gossip Nation is set in Blacktown, a small but steadily growing African community which faced its greatest challenge – Gossip.
Gossip that destroyed friendships, family hoods – even interracial relations with other Australians as the people strived through the difficult road of Multi-culturalism. Gossip Nation takes multiple characters each on his / her journey through the strained community of Blacktown. Each character touches another through the destructive power of Gossip
The premiere was described as the most heterogenous event in recent Australian history as different races from Chinese, Asians, to Africans, Whites to Aboriginal Australians to Indians and pacific islanders were all represented at the event.
It was indeed a sell out event that left so many people sitting on the floor because many couldn’t get seats..
Monalisa Chinda and Ejike Asiegbu according to the director Daniel Okoduwa “have written their names into the Australian history as the first Nollywood actors to film in Australia”.
And in the words of the Nigerian Ambassador, Mr. Ezema “They are the true ambassadors of Nigeria”.