Leading lights in the nation’s entertainment industry recently regrouped to tantalise movie buffs in Superstar, a new and riveting international film from the stable of US based Nigerian-born filmmaker, Tony Abulu. Superstar, which painstakingly tells the story of a talented and aspiring young Nigerian musician from the ghetto and seeking stardom in the competitive Nigerian music industry, would hit cinemas nationwide on June 5, courtesy of Silverbird Distributions.
Leading the pack of famous entertainers who dazzled and thrilled lovers of quality flicks in the big budget film are music star, Iyanya, comedy crown prince, Ay, Nollywood newest sensation, Angel Ufuoma and rising hip hop act, Tekno.
Others are: veterans Jide Kosoko, Tina Amuziam and Rachael Oniga. Comedy sensations Funnybone, Pencil, ex Mister Nigeria, Bryan Okwara, Lilian Esoro and several others also wowed in the suspense-filled creative work of art.
Abulu, who doubles as the CEO of Black Ivory Limited, an entertainment company with over 30 years experience in filmmaking, international distribution, marketing and African cultural exposition stated that Superstar is billed to officially introduce the Nigerian music industry to the global market, thereby ushering in the much needed foreign exchange to further develop the vibrant music industry.
Speaking further from his New York base, Abulu happily explained why he is proudly fusing music and Nollywood in Superstar.
“The Nigerian music industry just like Nollywood has amazing potential. The young folks against all odds have followed in the giant musical strides of the late icon Fela Anikulapo Kuti, and emerged with a vibrant, pulsating, polyrhythmic and explosive brand of music that has the infectious potential to take the world by storm. All they need now is a coordinated effort and support to package and present them as a solid Afrobeat brand and Nigeria will have yet another veritable foreign exchange earner like Nollywood.”
The Project Act Nollywood supported film had talented Ufuoma Okonoko as its associate producer. She was backed by a highly experienced USA team at Blaze Channel, led by Caroline Okolo.
The highly interesting, dramatic and often times hilarious film is being powered by MNET/DStv, Sovereign Trust Plc and Blaze Channel, USA. Abulu’s other works as a revered director, include: Doctor Bello, Back To Africa and Crazy Like a Fox.