Nollywood recently turned out last for the premiere of SPOTLIGHT, one of the latest productions of renowned Nollywood producer, Emem Isong Misodi. The premiere took place on December 4, 2015, at the Civic Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. The glamorous event was graced Desmond Elliott, Susan Peters-Croon, Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi, Lancelot Imasuen, Uduak Isong Oguamanam, 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 Elliott, 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 make quite an impact.
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.
|Lead actress, Mena Sodje|
|Lead actress, Lota Chukwu|
|Lead actress, Onyeka Emechebe|
|Supporting actor, Ikechukwu Akanno|
|Dupporting actress, Vannesa Koko|
|Ijeoma Grace Agu|
|A cross-section of guests at the premiere|
|Susan Peters, Desmond Elliott, Emeka Duru, and Lancelot Imasuen|
|Eseosa Adah, Susan Patrick, Victory Mba, and Adebanke Adeniyi|
|Desmond Elliott speaking at the premiere|
|Queeneth Agbor receiving a certificate of achievement from Kehinde Joseph|
|David Azeez receiving a certificate of achievement from Kehinde Joseph|
|Ijeoma Grace Agu receiving a certificate of achievement from Kolade Shasi|
|Emem Ufot receiving a certificate of achievement from Kolade Shasi|
|Kalu Chidi Samuel receiving the award for Best Editor from Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi|
|Onyeka Emechebe receiving the third place prize in the short film contest from Uduak Isong Oguamanam|
|Ikechukwu Akanno receiving the second place prize in the short film contest from Susan Peters-Croon|
|Smart Edikan receiving the first place prize in the short film contest from Desmond Elliott|