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Stars light up Flawsome premiere in Lagos

By Eniola Daniel
19 November 2022   |   3:55 am
It was a gathering of ‘who is who’ in the showbiz industry, as Showmax recently premiered its latest series, Flawsome, at the Alliance Francaise, Ikoyi, Lagos, as part of this year’s Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).

General Manager, Showmax Nigeria, Opeoluwa Filani; cast members for Flawsome, Enado Odigie and Sharon Ooja; Director, Tola Odunsi; Executive Head, Content and West Africa Channels, MultiChoice Nigeria, Dr. Busola Tejumola and cast member, Bisola Aiyeola at Flawsome screening in Lagos… PHOTO: ENIOLA DANIEL

It was a gathering of ‘who is who’ in the showbiz industry, as Showmax recently premiered its latest series, Flawsome, at the Alliance Francaise, Ikoyi, Lagos, as part of this year’s Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).

Shot in Lagos, Flawsome, a Showmax’s Nigerian Original drama series, comes hot on the heels of Diiche, and joins the growing line-up of local content on the streaming platform. The series revolves around four friends, Ifeyinwa played by Bisola Aiyeola, Dolapo played by Enado Odigie, Ramat Played by Ini Dima-Okojie, and Ivie played by Sharon Ooja, as they navigate their personal and professional lives while bound by the flawed, yet unbreakable ties they share.

The 13-part drama series created and directed by Tola Odunsi, also stars John Dumelo, Toyin Abraham, Gabriel Afolayan, Shine Rosman, Baaj Adebule, Iretiola Doyle, Chris Attoh, Ali Nuhu and Joselyn Dumas.

In Flawsome, Ifeyinwa spent all her life preparing to become the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of her father’s company after his demise, only to find out she isn’t her father’s chosen candidate.

Ivie, a wide-eyed young lady abandons medicine and surgery for a career in fashion design with hopes of living the big-city girl life.

Ramat has a seemingly perfect marriage, an ideal middle-class life and a great career, but her reality isn’t as rosy as it seems.

Dolapo, a career-driven woman, continues to beat the odds, as she moves steadily up the corporate ladder with the biggest clients in her portfolio.

Compelling, flawed, and heartbreakingly, these hardworking women scheme, fall in and out of love and nurture big and small dreams. As their circumstances shift, one thing remains constant: their loyalty to one another and their devotion to the hustle.

Speaking during the premiere, MultiChoice Executive head of Content and West Africa Channels in Nigeria, Dr. Busola Tejumola, said: “This has been in the works for a while and a lot of behind-the-scenes to make sure that viewers have the best to enjoy. As a true depiction of our culture, I am very confident that our viewers will enjoy it.”

On other programmes, Tejumola hinted: “We have an animation series, Jay Jay, for Jay-Jay Okocha. We have the second franchise of the Real Housewives and lots coming on Showmax between now and the end of the year.”

On his part, General Manager, Showmax, Ope Filani said: “This is going to be awesome series everyone will enjoy; I have seen the first episode and it’s a fantastic production. This is a story everyone can connect with and people will be able to identify the challenges women go through on daily basis trying to break the glass ceiling.

“At Showmax, we have an array of programmes, the last series we just did, which is Diiche and we have others people can have access to. Recently, we launched a partnership with WWE, which has very huge followers in Nigeria.”

On why he accepted to be part of the cast, Afolayan said: “Tola called me and said ‘Gabe, you have to be in this show,’ and asked what he wanted to do and he told me that he’s treating a story about four different ladies coming together and living their lives and accepted, because the story was attractive for me and for the fact that it’s being handled by Showmax makes me happy. I am impressed with the output; episode one is a good start. I love good stories and Flawsome is one of them.”

For actress Ooja, Flawsome shows that someone can have amazing friends that will genuinely support him or her.

“Life on the set was amazing, we were like sisters; we ate together whenever our director brought food. If we were frustrated, we gang up and pour our frustration on him. Women are genuinely supporting women; I don’t believe all women are bad. Pick your circle, of like-minded people and you will succeed and that’s what Flawsome has.”

On what inspires him to produce the series, the producer said, “I want people to watch this movie and see themselves. Also putting women on the Centre stage was also a big factor.”

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