By BENJAMIN NJOKU
With the Boko Haram sect and the scourge of the Ebola virus giving the African continent, especially Nigeria, some fright, the giant strides made by Nigerian-born filmmaker and director, Nnaemeka Andrew Madueke, in far away America is indeed encouraging.
The prolific director with four outstanding films in his kitty recently won yet another award for the “Best Filmmaker” with his latest film, Take the Spotlight, at the 2014 Peachtree Village International Film Festival in Atlanta Georgia in America.
Madueke, whose film, The Mystery of Birds, won the Best Film by an African in Diaspora at the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) has apparently paid his dues in the industry. With Take the Spotlight featuring notable actors and actresses from Hollywood like Lynn Whitfield from movies like Eve’s Bayou, and A thin line between Love and Hate”and some Nollywood stars like Chinedu Ikedieze, the filmmaker believes that with the right attitude that the sky is the limit. His debut film, “Night to Fly”, produced in 2008 and Okra Principle in 2009, also made significant impact on the international film market.
Take the Spotlight parades other Hollywood actors including Glenn Morshower from movies like “Black Hawk Down”, “Transformers” and “After Earth”. The film also features Allen Warchol, Megan Glover and Nigerian-Diaspora actors like Nene Nwoko, Roy Nwakamma, Uju Egbuji, Hayley “Gigi” Polak from South Africa and a host of others from other parts of the world.