Star-studded cast of Two Weeks in Lagos
Moviegoers say they can’t wait for the March 27 premiere and eventual cinema release of the anticipated thriller ‘Two Weeks in Lagos’. The movie captures the excitement and vibrancy of everyday life in Lagos, and reflects the complexity of the city, where anything is possible in two weeks. Written and directed by the award winning Canada based Nigerian born filmmaker Kathryn Fasegha, the movie is a captivating journey into the love affair of Ejikeme and Lola. Their paths cross when Ejikeme returns from United States to invest. The fall in love but as they embarked on a journey of discovering the new love, they must contend with a sinister move that causes a rift that will put their families on a deadly collision course. Promoted as an unusual love story, there is high-level expectation for the movie, which has been screened at top rated festivals around the world including the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. But it is to some of leading actors that credit would go to for the excellent outcome of the movie. Their acting was roundly excellent and they all gave a commendable portrayal of the respective roles.
Beverly Naya (Lola)
Notable actress Beverly Ifunaya Bassey plays the lead role Lola. The British-born Nigerian actress won Most Promising Talent at the 2010 Best of Nollywood Awards as well as the Fast Rising Actress at the 2011 City People Entertainment Awards. Born in London as the only child to her Nigerian parents, Beverly began acting while studying philosophy, psychology and sociology at Brunel University. She also studied scriptwriting and filmmaking at Roehampton University. She recently co-produced and directed a documentary titled ‘Skin’ which earned an Africa Movie Academy Award
Mawuli Gavor (Ejikeme)
Mawuli featured as Ejikeme in the star studded movie. A Ghanaian born television presenter, actor, producer and entrepreneur, Mawuli graduated with a degree in Business Management and Finance from Pennsylvania, beginning his professional career as an accountant before changing paths after being offered a brand ambassadorship from Martini in Ghana and Nigeria.
Deyemi Okanlawon (Joshua)
Notable Nollywood actor turned content distributor is in Two Weeks in Lagos as Joshua. A film, television, theatre and voice actor, Deyemi is best known for his roles in the TV Series Gidi Up and An African City and featured in Movies such as ‘If Tomorrow Comes’ and ‘Road to Yesterday’ as well as appearances in a number of Nigerian music videos including ‘No be You’ by Waje and ‘Soldier’ by Falz The Bahd Guy. Okanlawon was born in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria he studied Chemical engineering at the University of Lagos. He also obtained a Certificate in Acting for Film, from the New York Film Academy. At the age of 9, Okanlawon featured in a nationally syndicated Television commercial with Kunle Bamtefa. Okanlawon made his feature film debut in the 2010 movie ZR-7. In 2013 he switched careers to focus on acting full-time and has since featured in over 50 films, 8 stage plays and has appeared in OLX and GLO TV commercials. Movies in his pouch include “Beyond Blood”, ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’ and ‘No Man’s Land’.
Shafy Bello (Dr. Deola Makinde)
A beloved stage and movie actress and singer, Shafy first shot into the entertainment scene when she featured vocals in a 1997 hit song by Seyi Sodimu titled “Love Me Jeje”. The delectable actress grew up in the United States of America where she completed her education. Her first major movie appearance was in the Yoruba movie ‘Eti Keta’. In 2012, she starred as Joanne Lawson in the TV series ‘Tinsel’ and as Adesuwa in ‘Taste of Love’. Shafy has since featured in several Yoruba and English language films and TV series including ‘When Love Happens’ and ‘Gbomo Gbomo Express’. She was nominated in 2012 Best of Nollywood Awards in best lead actress category in an English movie.
Steve Onu (Dele)
Popular as Yaw, Steve Onu is a notable radio personality, actor, comedian and entertainer. Best known for hosting the popular early morning talk programme “Make Una Wake” on Wazobia FM, Yaw has starred in over 50 stage plays both in the UK and in Nigeria. He holds a Diploma in Radio, Television and Film Production from the Lagos State University in 1996 and obtained a Degree in Theater Arts, majoring in Theater Marketing in 2000. Yaw has over 14 years of experience and has worked with BBC and has featured in a number of soap opera including ‘Twilight Zone’, ‘Flatmates’, ‘Dear Mother’ and ‘Fuji House of Commotion’. He is also a cast of the award-winning Pidgin English radio drama called “Story Story” by the British Broadcasting Corporation. Yaw plays Dele in Two Weeks in Lagos.
Toyin Abraham (Kemi)
Born Olutoyin Aimakhu, Toyin as the actress is simply called by close friends is a notable actress, filmmaker, director and producer. She was born in Auchi, a town in Edo State and she attended Osun State Polytechnic Iree where she had her Pre- National Diploma, and Ordinary National Diploma. She obtained a Higher National Diploma Certificate in Marketing from Ibadan Polytechnic. She began acting in 2003, when Bukky Wright, a Nigerian film actress, visited Ibadan to shoot a movie. Over the years, Toyin Abraham has produced, directed and featured in several Nigerian movies, such as ‘Alani Baba Labake’ and ‘Ebimi ni’. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Yoruba movie during the 2013 Best of Nollywood Awards.
Jide Kosoko (Dr. Makinde)
Born in Lagos to the Kosoko royal family of Lagos Island, the Lagos Prince studied business administration at Yaba College of Technology and began his acting career as a child actor in 1964 in a television production ‘Makanjuola’. Kosoko continued with acting, performed with the Awada Kerikeri group consisting of Sunday Omobolanle, Lanre Hassan and Oga Bello, and had guest appearances on the T.V. Shows including the popular New Masquerade. He has written and produced his own movies and stage plays including ‘Ogun Ahoyaya’, ‘Asiri n la’ and has starred in so many movie productions of pre-Nollywood era including ‘Asewo To Re Mecca’ and Tunde Kelani’s ‘Ti Oluwa Ni’Le’. Jide Kosoko has since featured in several Nollywood movies of both English and Yoruba Languages. Kosoko played the role of Dr. Makinde in Two Weeks in Lagos.
Joke Silva (Chief Nneka Chukwuemeke)
A member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), the veteran actress trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Joke wife of the popular actor Olu Jacobs began her career in film in the early 1990s. In 1998 she had a major role, starring opposite Colin Firth and Nia Long in the British-Canadian film ‘The Secret Laughter of Women’. In 2006, she won “Best Actress in a Leading Role” at the 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards for her performance in ‘Women’s Cot’, and “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” at the 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008 for her performance as a grandmother in ‘White Waters’. Co-founder of the Lufodo Group, a media corporation that consists of film production, distribution assets and the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA), Silva is Director of Studies at the LAPA.
She is also the pioneer managing director of Malete Film Village, in association with the Kwara State University. On 29 September 2014, Silva received recognition as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, one of Nigeria’s National Honours. In October 2012, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime appointed Joke Silva goodwill ambassador. She played Chief Nneka Chukwuemeke in Two Weeks in Lagos.