BY ESE DIBEBI
After Ojuju and O-Town, two films that stole attention before they even went public, Fiery Film is getting set to cause ripples in the Nigerian filmmaking community with its upcoming film- Otokoto.
The much-publicized O trilogy is about to get its final piece as director CJ Obasi and his collaborator-in-chief, Oge Obasi are getting ready to refresh our memories about the ritual murders that took place in the peaceful town of Owerri twenty years ago.
Otokoto despite being two-decades-old is fresh in the minds of the town’s residents after, in 1996, Innocent Ekeanyanwu was picked up by policemen with the head of 11-year old Ikechukwu Okonkwo. It was later discovered that a killing-for-rituals syndicate was domiciled in businessman Vincent Duru’s Otokoto Hotel.
Talks are currently ongoing about the Otokoto movie but the producers are already letting their excitement spread.
“It’ll be quite unlike anything I’ve ever produced in any shape, form or challenge,” Oge, who isn’t new to production, told TNS.
The second film in the O-series, O-Town is set to screen at the 39th Göteborg Film Festival scheduled to hold from January 29 to February 8, 2016.
“Nollywood is in a very interesting stage right now. Filmmakers are looking towards the future and are more open, seeking to reach audiences beyond Nigeria like Hollywood and Bollywood movies. Nollywood films are often very dramatic movies — Nigeria is a country of conflict and violence which has an impact on the nature of films. Movies are also a driving force behind the booming economic situation of the country,” said the festival’s artistic director Jonas Holmberg.