Soldier’s Story Births In Cinemas; First Screening At Genesis Lekki Attracts Full House
A Soldier’s Story, the iconic new film whose recent media unveiling has continued to receive hot reviews across print and online media platforms, has now birthed in Cinemas for the viewing delight of the larger public.
The debut screening of the epic film today at The Genesis Cinemas, Lekki attracted a large turnout of excited film buffs who trooped out to savour the acting dexterity of the colourful cast. As early as 10 am, the seats in the hall had all been taken for a show that was billed for an hour later.
The audience capped the day with a standing ovation for the first-of-its-kind Nigerian movie that celebrates and appreciates the sacrifices and contributions of the heroic Nigerian soldiers and their often traumatized families to the unity and sustenance of the peace, progress and wellbeing of the country and the citizenry
In the movie, AMVCA award winning actress and model, Linda Ihuoma Ejiofor, known for her role as Bimpe Adekoya in M-Net’s TV series Tinsel, plays the lead character as Regina. Renowned voice-over broadcaster; Tope Tedela who came into limelight after playing the lead role in the 2003 film, A Mile from Home, for which he was nominated for Most Promising Actor Category at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards, plays the lead character as Major Egan.
Multi award winning actor,Daniel K. Daniel plays the character “BossMan”, a ruthless and brutal dog of war whose only interest is in the spoils of war just as Adesua Etomi, who debuts her acting career in 2004 after studying Physical theatre, Musical theatre and Performing Arts at the City College, Coventry, United Kingdom, plays the character “Lebari”, Major Egan’s beautiful wife who has to deal with the realities of a soldier’s spouse.
Interestingly, popular radio presenter, Classic FM’s On Air Personality, Chico Aligwekwe, aka Big Chico, plays the character Lt. Col. Bello, a decorated officer whose feelings for Lebari, his god daughter, drives him to a decision that sets the premise of the story, while Zainab Balogun, a Television personality with EbonyLife TV plays the character “Angela”, Regina’s close friend and a go getter with an eye for Regina’s crush, Egan.
Other class acts that distinguish themselves in the movie are Chidozie Nzeribe, aka ‘Sambasa’ who plays the character Ghetto, a trigger happy and trusted hand of Bossman as well as Olumide Oworu, a multi-talented entertainer who plays the character Edwin, Regina’s naive younger brother.
Directed by Frankie Ogar who holds a masters in Media Production from Birmingham University and has produced and directed numerous Television series in addition to working for many years for BBC and produced by Martin Gbados, this new movie, according to industry whispers, is set to makea showing at this year’s edition of the African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA).
Industry watchers say the film is definitely one creative exploit worth following as it dazzles viewers and critiques alike in the coming days.