Jide Kosoko, Tina Mba, others shine at Atunwa Movie Premiere
The premiere of imperial media’s latest movie, Atunwa (Reincarnation) at Viva Cinemas in Ikeja, Lagos, brought together Nollywood’s veterans such as Tina Mba, Jide Kosoko, Tony Akposheri, Yemi my Lover, Alvin Abayomi, Okey Uzoeshi, Gbugbemi Ejeye and Oluwadollars.
Speaking with the director and producer of Atunwa, Mr Adetokunbo Shittu, on why he decided to make this movie, he said, “Atunwa tackles the many anomalous happenings in our society from the traditional African/Yoruba angle. It shows a family in disarray and exposes the cause in the action of Kemi Oye. This provides a fresh perspective to appraising many events that have often been treated with levity. So, the story of Atunwa grew from the understanding that life as it is, needs to be taken with more holistic seriousness, as was the norm in the glorious ages of African civilization.”
On choice of cast, Shittu said the nature of the script and the projected audiences informed his choice.
“The script requires actors that, beyond having the necessary, mental, physical and vocal qualities needed, are conversant with the Yoruba language. Beyond that, the final output has to appeal to the generality of the Nigerian and international audience. So, there is need to strike a balance.
“My casting team and I, decided to select actors from different cultural background, but with proficiency in Yoruba and English languages, and the rest is history.” Atunwa is currently showing at the cinemas nationwide.