Bimbo Peters Steps Out With One Fine Day
After weeks of working on her latest movie project, One Fine Day, Bimbo Peters is set for premiere tomorrow, at the Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Lagos. Produced by Emem Isong and Directed by Desmond Elliot, Bimbo Peters is the executive producer for production, which will hit cinemas nationwide on September 4.
The movie is a gripping drama about two sisters (Tasha and Nina), who experience more than your average share of sibling rivalry, which is worsened by Nina’s slightly disturbed state of mind. When a tall, handsome stranger comes to claim Tasha’s hand in marriage, Nina’s behaviour takes a turn for the worse.
One Fine Day parades notable Nollywood stars such as Funke Akindele, Joke Silva, Olu Jacobs, Frederick Leonard, Benjamin Touitou, Memry Savanhu and Bimbo Peters, who played he lead role.
“It’s not deliberate that I played the lead role in the movie; I actually wanted to be a supporting actress. But when the story came and there was an elder and younger sister roles, I had to play the younger sister; there’s no way I could be elder sister to Funke Akindele. So, I took it upon myself to play the lead,” Bimbo said.
On the storyline and choice of cast for her debut movie, Bimbo explained that, “I wanted to do something that will push me out there; I told Emem Isong that I wanted a story about two sisters. So, she brought up the story and it’s also good to deal with an issue such rape. As for the cast, I actually selected them; I wanted people that represent quality. I just told Emem the people I wanted and she pulled it through,” she said.
Though she would not reveal the budget for the movie, One Fine Day must have cost the young lady a fortune.
“I don’t want to give out what we spent making this film, but I can assure you that it’s not small money. I just wanted to do something big that will put me on the spotlight,” she said.
Asked how she intends to recoup her investment, especially with the increase in piracy, the returnee actress, who featured in productions such as The Good Wife, Jenifer’s Diary and Code of Silence said: “that’s what I’ve been thinking about, because at the end of the day, you want to recoup your money and reinvest in another production. I don’t even know what we want to do about piracy, but I’m just hoping that before it gets to DVD, I can make some money from cinemas, online and pay TV channels; DVD is the last channels for me,” she said.
While urging the government and relevant agencies to brace up for the war against piracy, Bimbo said, “I think we have to get rid of these people hawking movies on traffic; move around Lagos and you will see them operating unchallenged. Abroad, there are formal channels for selling movies. Here, it’s just a few producers that get money from film; that’s why people don’t want to invest huge sums in this industry. Really, it’s demotivating to spend huge sums making films and someone out there is reaping from you,” she lamented.
A graduate of Accounting and Finance, with a Masters Degree in Marketing Management from the United Kingdom, Bimbo’s love for the creative industry dates back to her days in secondary school, when she nursed the ambition of becoming an actress.
“I’ve always wanted to be a filmmaker, but I didn’t have the courage to tell my parents. So, I had to do something else that I like,” she said.
To satisfy her parents, young Bimbo made a deal with her father, with the hope of getting back to her first love sometime in future.
“In my final year in the university, I was bold enough to face my parents and tell them I wanted to do acting; I’ve always loved acting. So, I had a deal with my father that after I finished my masters, I could go into acting.”
Upon completion of her Master Degree in Marketing Management, she headed for the New York Film Academy, where she spent a year and half studying acting and production. By December 2014, she moved back to Nigeria, where she hopes to make contributions to the motion picture industry.
“Since I moved back, I’ve featured in three movie projects before I decided to make my own movie. Initially, I was nervous working with Nollywood practitioners, but the people that I got to work with in my own film – Funke Akindele, Joke Silva, Olu Jacobs, Desmond Elliot – are people I’ve always looked up to; they helped me and made things comfortable for me,” she declared.