Friday, December 18, 2015


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.

Desmond Elliott

Susan Peters-Croon

Lead actress, Mena Sodje

Lead actress, Lota Chukwu

Lead actress, Onyeka Emechebe

Supporting actor, Ikechukwu Akanno

Dupporting actress, Vannesa Koko

Sylvya Oluchy

Ijeoma Grace Agu

David Azeez

Elizabeth Daniels

Oma Iyasara

Gloria Okafor

Susan Patrick

Tomiwa Kukoyi

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

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