By Benjamin Njoku
Talented film maker and former president of Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria, ITPAN, Femi Odugbemi last Saturday upped his ante as he premiered his much talked about feature film, “Gidi Blues”, at Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.
Featuring a stellar cast made up of Gideon Okeke, Bukky Wright, Tina Mba, Lepacious Bose, Nancy Isime, Banky W among others, Odugbemi produced the film in collaboration with Africa Magic.
Speaking at the glamorous event which had who is who in the entertainment industry in attendance,Odugbemi said the movie promises high-quality entertainment with humour, music and drama, as it dwells on the unpredictability of Lagos city where anything can and often does happen. He captures Lagos in all its essence as it portrays iconic Lagos locations like Idumota market, Makoko, Victoria Island, Isale Eko, Lekki, Freedom Park and Broad Street.
The movie tells the story of Akin, played by Gideon Okeke, an indulged playboy from an affluent family who accidentally meets an interesting beauty, Nkem, in an unpredictable place.
Introducing the movie to the audience, Odugbemi said that making Gidi Blues was exciting as it was challenging especially as he started the journey without funds.
“The movie deals with the famous spirit of Lagos, the resolve within every Lagosian that confronts every challenge with the belief that all is surmountable. Gidi Blues is also a love story which seeks to inspire young people to give back through community volunteer work. For example, Makoko, the fishing slum under the Third Mainland Bridge, is where the lead characters find meaning in their lives as they volunteer as teachers and also start initiatives that support and empower the disadvantaged in the community.”
The Regional Director, M-Net West Africa, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu said “Gidi Blues is the result of inspiring creativity, innovative filmmaking and exciting storytelling. At Africa Magic we take pride in bringing to life the best of film and television content out of Africa through partnerships with some of the best talent out of the continent and Femi Odugbemi’s work as a filmmaker is very well renowned. The movie premieres at the cinemas on 24th of June 2016.