BY ESE DIBEBI
Nollywood turned out last Friday (December 4, 2015) for the premiere of Spotlight, one of the latest productions of renowned producer, Emem Isong Misodi. The premiere took place at the Civic Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. The glamorous event was graced Desmond Elliott, Susan Peters, Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi, Adesua Etomi, Oyekunle Oluwaremi (aka Kunle Remi), Juliet Eche, and many others.
The film, Spotlight, is part of a youth empowerment initiative of the renowned producer, and it features several students from her film academy, Royal Arts Academy. The film also has guest appearances by Desmond Elliot, Omoni Oboli, Segun Arinze, OC Ukeje, and Bolanle Ninalowo. Set in the make-believe world of Spotlight Acting Academy, the film follows the adventures of three students of the academy, as they struggle to realize their dream of becoming successful Nollywood actors.
The film was very well received by the premiere audience, and many are describing it as one of the best films that Nollywood has ever produced for young people. It will be released in cinemas across Nigeria in the first quarter of 2016, and it is expected to be a hit.
Also at the premiere, Emem Isong Misodi doled out N900,000 in cash prizes to winners of a short film contest, which she organized for students of her academy. The first prize of N500,000 went to Smart Nsikan for the short film, Two Chicks and a Dude. The second prize of N250,000 went to Ikechukwu Akanno for the short film, Hot Soup. The third prize of N150,000 went to Onyeka Emechebe for the short film, Our Girls. According to the producer, the short film contest is part of her Spotlight youth empowerment initiative, and it will be a yearly affair.