BY SHAMAN MOMOH
Veteran Nollywood filmmaker, Femi Lasode has revealed to TNS that he is set to release his first movie after 1997 epic, Sango.
Lasode’s Sango: The Legendary Afrikan King won several awards after its release and screened at numerous festivals including Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Film Festival, Abuja International Film Festival, Nigerian Film Festival and PANAFEST, while the French version of the film was screneed at the Musee du quai de Branly in Paris in January 2006.
The filmmaker who had previously directed Mask of Mulumba, Lishabi and Tears of Slavery attributed his absence from the filmmaking scene to the need for him to go for a doctorate degree which he is about rounding off at the University of Abuja. “I’ve always wanted to do my PhD but I’ve always been busy. I want to write books in a structured format because I want to impart knowledge,” he said.
Speaking on his upcoming film Lasode said, “I’m about to release my new film. It is titled Africa’s Stolen Treasures and it features Belinda Effah, Clarion Chukwurah, Eddie Ugbomma, Seyi Allen and many more.”
“It could be released in the next four to eight weeks and it is going straight to the cinemas,” he told TNS.
Africa’s Stolen Treasures attempts to draw attention to the need for foreign museums to return invaluable artifacts stolen from Africa by colonial masters like the Benin Bronze Mask.
He previously authored a book titled “Television broadcasting: The Nigerian Experience (1959–1992)”