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Journeying Through “Up North”

A mention of the popular locations of Nollywood films and Asaba and Lagos readily come to mind.

It was, therefore, a surprise to many Nigerians when a cinematic film titled Up North was shot in the North at a time when many are sceptical of going to the North due to the non-ending violence caused by Boko Haram.

In a rather intriguing way, Up North captures the beauty of the North in a way that the media barely shows you.

The film centres on Bassey (played by Banky W), who has just returned from school abroad and is posted to the North for his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). It is his father’s intention that he will take over his estate after he is done with his service. But Bassey, an athlete has other plans.

Some of the major acts who spoke with the Guardian Life revealed some of the moments they had while playing their roles. During the tell-all interview, Banky W talked about his cancer tumour surgery, how it impacted his role and how he felt when his wife, Adesua Etomi-Wellington was casted as Ibrahim Suleiman’s love interest.


The film also shines a light on feminism, the girl child education and the African woman. We see this in Michelle Dede who plays the role of Idara who has taken up the roles that it usually left for the men in the society and is successful at it.

Ibrahim Suleiman also talks about his background and how it influenced his role in Up North.

Tope Oshin and Editi Effiong, producers of Up North spoke to us about the challenges and experience especially shooting live during the Durbar festival.
Grab a copy of the Guardian Life as the stars talk about their characters, their experiences in the North and the impact of Up North.

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