Ex-BBNaija housemates, Bambam, Teddy A in The Gift
EX-BBNaija housemates, Oluwabamike ‘Bambam’ Olawunmi and Tope Teddy Adenibuyan (Teddy A), are among the celebrities featured in the just released movie, The Gift. Directed and produced by Emmanuel Princewill, the movie also stars Oge Okoye, Lota Chukwu, Paul Sambo and others.
The Gift tells the story of a teenage girl (Bambam), who falls in love with her young teacher (Paul Sambo) and becomes pregnant. She survives the trauma of single parenthood at a young age with the help of her father. She, however, finds herself in another relationship with an abusive lover (Teddy A).
Speaking on her role in the movie and why she accepted it, Bambam said, “it was after the Big Brother Naija show that I got the script. I was still in Abuja at the time. Thin Tall Tony actually introduced me to the director, saying a friend of his had cast me for an emotional movie, because of my role in the Big Brother house. So, when I got the script, I read it and fell in love with the stuff. I felt it was a deep and emotional story and I was ready to shoot it.”
The Gift, which is now in cinemas, addresses child abuse, sexual harassment, domestic violence and other issues in the society today. According to the director/producer, Princewill, “basically, the increase in child abuse spurred me into making the movie. If you train or empower a girl child, you train or empower a generation but I feel when you empower children, you empower a generation. Our society today is breeding several abused children and this spurred me into making the movie. And the choice of the lead actor, Bambam was because of what I saw her do while in Big Brother Naija house and it’s no doubt that she gave a professional performance in the movie.”
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