Bini epic movie, Esohe, premiered in the United States, on Wednesday, with movie tickets sold out.
Movie buffs, in large numbers, flooded Showcase Cinema in Lowell Massachusetts to watch the latest Nollywood flick, with many begging to buy the movie ticket even while the hall was filled-up.
Dressed in Bini regalia, the cast set the tone for the evening, with a meet and greet that showcased the elegance of African culture.
Esohe, set in ancient Benin Kingdom, stars two Hollywood acts, Jimmy Jean Louis and Misty Lockheart, with host of other A-list Nollywood acts which include Desmond Elliot, Chris Attoh, Bimbo Manuel, Ufuoma McDermott, Toyin Aimakhuo, Jemaima Osunde and Monica Omorodion Swaida.
According clips and footage from the premiere, the audience were thrilled and enjoyed every moment of the show. They judged the storyline, production quality, sound, among others as combinations of what makes the movie very intriguing.
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The movie director, Charles Uwagbai, said that the movie attracted Hollywood interest based on its uncommon storytelling, diversity in cast and growing rate of African-American moviegoers.
Esohe reinvents the African folklore, bringing together top Nollywood and Hollywood cast to showcase the heritage of a people who contributed to early civilization of human race.
Described as a cocktail of love, murder and mystery connecting two centuries, Esohe, the engrossing epic is a story of undying love, unflinching loyalty and deviously woven intrigues that is served in a cocktail of the rich Bini tradition.
Written by Bimbo Manuel and produced by Charles Uwagbai, Monica Swaida and Robert O Peters, Esohe was produced under the direction of Charles Uwagbai, who is best known for directing some of Nollywood’s critically-acclaimed movies, such as Black Silhouette, Okoro the Prince, Breathless and Brother Jekwu.
The movie also features fast-rising Nollywood actors, such as Eunice Omorogie, Omoye Uzamere, Oghenekaro Itene and Osagie Elegbe.
The movie tours continue in Houston Texas on May 27, New York on June 3, New York Austin June 16 and 18, Dallas June 8 and Atlanta on July 8, while a release party will hold on June 17 in Boston. Tours will also take place in Europe starting with London in June.