OBY EDOZIEH'S SAVE OUR SOULS TO PREMIERE IN LAGOS, ABUJA
Goal-getting top actress and producer; Oby Gold Edozieh is poised for the double world premieres of her latest movie, Save Our Souls, holding in Lagos and Abuja, respectively.
According to the sultry actress, the Abuja premiere holds on Thursday, August 26, at the prestigious Transcorp Hilton, while the Lagos outing rocks on Sunday, August 29, at the posh Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos.
The effervescent thespian would also use the platforms provided by both premieres to officially unveil her Oby Gold Cancer Foundation, aimed at helping to alleviate the plights of those being ravaged by the ailment.
Shedding more light on the premieres and star-studded flick, which thematically dwells on the rampaging issue of Cancer and how effective awareness could help reduce its scourge, Edozieh disclosed that Save Our Souls, was her own little contribution towards the eradication of Cancer. Interestingly, the movie was shot in Nigeria, India and the UK respectively with high end production equipment.
'For the Lagos premiere, red carpet begins at 3p.m, while the main event starts at 5pm, after which the launch would commence. A sizeable amount realized from the launch of the Foundation will go to families and victims currently being ravaged by Cancer,' squealed the actress. Elaborating more on why she embarked on the laudable project, Edozieh who already has three quality films to her credit as a producer, maintained that she decided to lense a film on Cancer, in the memory of her loving dad, who died from the dreaded ailment over a decade ago.
'My loving dad, Chief Michael Edozieh was killed by Cancer at the young age of 56, as if that was not enough, my aunt also succumbed to that terminal disease a couple of years ago. Just of recent, Nigeria's former First Lady, Mrs. Maryam Babangida, a woman I admired so much, for her immense contributions to women development, especially at the rural level, also died from Cancer.
After silently nursing these pains over the years, I decided to shoot a detailed and well-researched movie on the dangers of Cancer, with the aim of taking the awareness higher. I'm also of the view that Save Our Souls, will also help create a national awareness on the dangers of Cancer and the plight of the daily increasing victims of this killer disease.
When completed, I intend going round the nation with this movie by using it as enlightenment cum advocacy tool. I sincerely believe that the kind of attention we give to HIV/AIDS, in terms of awareness and publicity should also be given to Cancer. I'm appealing to well-meaning Nigerians and corporate entities to join us in this fight against the scourge of Cancer,' she posited.
Speaking further, Edozieh, who just breezed in from Mumbai, India, where she shot the last scenes in the heart-wrenching movie with director, Moses Inwang, disclosed that the world premieres of the movie would be supported by First Bank Plc., Ministry of Health and the Oby Gold Cancer Foundation, respectively. 'It's an exceptional and very unique story, I'm also-optimistic that it will go places and further reposition story telling and filmmaking in Nollywood. We put a lot of professional expertise into this movie and so far, we have expended close to N20m, which is my personal money.'
Among the galaxy of stars that sizzled and sparkled in the forthcoming flick that will surely give the fight and campaign against Cancer, a big boost, include: Oby Edozieh, Segun Arinze, Kenneth Okonkwo, Chioma Chukwuka, Enebeli Elebuwa, Ebele Okaro and a host of other up and coming thespians.
While commenting on Save Our Souls, top actor and the national president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Mr. Segun Arinze, asserted that the movie was very topical and contemporary, adding that the premiere will surely boost the war/campaign against the scourge of the deadly disease, which has caused pain to many families and their loved ones. 'We are looking forward to both premieres. We are very proud of Oby and will give her all the necessary support that she needs,' he added.