Nollywood star Mercy Johnson Okojie has just signed an endorsement deal with Mr Chef Iodized salt as she becomes it’s brand ambassador. The event took place hours ago in Lagos.
Mercy Johnson Okojie took to her Instagram page to make the announcement.
“I’ve been teasing you for a few days I know…Say hello to the new brand ambassador for Mr Chef iodised salt!
We will be cooking up a storm very soon and I’ll be sharing all the delicious and healthy details!
I’m very excited about this new relationship with Mr Chef iodised salt and I can’t wait to tell you how using iodised salt has literally changed my life!”
This endorsement is the actress’ first for 2018.
After several months of sold out, award winning screenings in some of the biggest film festivals across the globe, West African romantic comedy ‘Potato Potahto’ on the 16th of November held a star studded premiere at the IMAX cinema in Lekki.
In attendance were industry icons and a roll call of stars including Olu Jacobs, Mo Abudu, Biola Alabi, Kate Henshaw, Hilda Dokubo, Betty Irabor and others. They joined the film’s A list cast and crew including Shirley Frimpong Manso, Joselyn Dumas, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Lala Akindoju, Nikki Samonas and Inya Lawal. Other stars in attendance included Ufuoma Mc Dermott, Deyemi Okanlawon, Kunle Remi, Tope Tedela, Omoye Uzamere, Lilian Esoro, Ndidi Nwuneli and others.
The premiere was hosted by rising star actress Ade Laoye who opened the screening with a fun rendition of the Potato Potahto chorus off of ‘Louis Armstrong’s ‘Let’s Call it off.’ There were a lot of laughs at the end of the gripping romantic comedy.
Joke Silva who doubled as costar and producer also expressed her gratitude; “Nigeria finally gets to see our labour of love, I am incredibly grateful for the turnout and the strong support from our colleagues, friends and family, we hit the cinemas next!”
“I am thankful for the support of our amazing cast and crew and all our partners who believed in the vision and supported us in bringing our ideas to life, explained producer Inya Lawal. Thank you, thank you all! She added.
Directed by award winning Ghanaian film maker Shirley Frimpong- Manso; the film stars OC Ukeje, Joselyn Dumas, Joke Silva, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Chris Attoh, Lala Akindoju, Adjetey Anang, Victoria Michaels and Nikki Samonas. The movie tells the story of a divorced couple, whose plans to share their matrimonial home results in chaos after the husband, Tony, brings in an attractive female house help. When his ex-wife, Lulu, then hires an attractive young man to help her out, a roller coaster ride of laughter, jealousy and tears ensues.
Potato Potahto is a co-production of Ascend Studios, 19 April Entertainment Virgo Sun Ltd and Lufodo Productions . It hits Nigerian and South African cinemas on the 24th of November and makes its way to Ghanaian screens on the 30th of November.
Check out images from the Premiere below:[btx_gallery images=”1214,1215,1216,1217,1210,1219,1220,1223,1222,1225,1224,1218,1213″]Potato Potahto Lagos Premiere[/btx_gallery]
Potato Potahto Premieres at the Chelsea Film Festival |Bags 4 Awards at the Toronto Nollywood International Film Festival
Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s Potato Potahto, the first Nollywood film to ever premiere at the Chelsea Film Festival in New York, premiered on 21st October and had in attendance Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Ken Attoh, Joselyn Dumas and Nikki Samonas. 72 short films from 19 countries were screened at the 5th edition of the festival which was founded by Ingrid Jean-Baptiste.[btx_image image_id=”1198″ link=”/” position=”center”][/btx_image]
A day before this premiere, the movie bagged four awards at the inaugural edition of the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada. Awards received include Best Feature Film (Nollywood), Best Costume, Special jury awards for best actor (OC Ukeje) and Best Actress (Joselyn Dumas).
Potato Potahto tells the story of a divorced couple whose plans to share their matrimonial home results in chaos after the husband, Tony (OC Ukeje), brings in an attractive female house help. When his ex-wife, Lulu (Joselyn Dumas), then hires an attractive young man to help her out, a roller coaster ride of laughter, jealousy and tears ensues.
Already screened at five other international festivals, including the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and the Durban Urban Film Festival, Potato Potahto is a collaboration between Ascend Studios, 19 April Entertainment, Virgo Sun Ltd, Lufodo Productions and WB Entertainment.
The movie is set for release in Nigeria and South Africa on the 24th of November and Ghana on the 30th of November.[btx_gallery images=”1199,1201,1202,1203″]Insert gallery caption[/btx_gallery]
Award-winning screen director Tope Oshin celebrates a new generation of Nigerian women film-makers who are currently reinventing Nollywood, the largest and most prolific film industry in Africa. She explores their distinctive approach to telling stories which aim to better represent women’s lives and aspirations in Nigeria today.
Tope pays tribute to the popular and inspirational film-maker Amaka Igwe, who died in 2014, and meets some of the key women now shaking up gender stereotypes and winning awards and audiences. These include the formidable and outspoken Mildred Okwo, director of the political satire The Meeting; Michelle Bello, director of the hit romcom Flower Girl; Kemi Adetiba, who directed last year’s box office winner The Wedding Party; and Remi Vaughan Richards, whose drama Outspoken cast a searing spotlight on the issue of child brides.
The directors reflect on how women are succeeding in a male-dominated industry, despite the failure of the Nigerian parliament last year to pass the Gender Equality Bill which would give legal support for equal pay and equal rights for women in Nigeria.
The Documentary is a part of the 2017 season of BBC’s 100 Women. It will be aired on BBC World Service Radio between 11.30am – 12 Noon on Wednesday, 25th October
Potato Potahto, the first Nollywood movie to ever be selected at the Chelsea Film Festival, will be screened tomorrow, 21st October, 2017 by 8.30pm. This is coming after it opened the Silicon Valley Film Festival, and won the ‘Best Narrative Feature Film’ award at the festival.
Joselyn Dumas, the movie’s female lead in an interview, described it as ‘A fun, yet difficult story that reflects the struggles couples go through’. She described the cast of the movie as ‘one of the best group of people she has ever worked with on a movie set’.
Chris Attoh, who attended the Silicon Valley Film Festival, said he was ‘overwhelmed by the positive reviews the movie received during, and after its screening’.
The movie which packs a striking cast including OC Ukeje, Joselyn Dumas, Joke Silva, Lala Akindoju, Nikki Samonas, Chris Attoh, Blossom Chukwujekwu and others, is an incredible showcase of how international co-operation, talent and creativity can combine to give a wonderful and generally attractive film experience.
Potato Potahto tells the story of a divorced couple who decide to co-habit on equal terms in their former matrimonial home, but soon come to the realisation that the ingenious idea is easier said than done.
It is a co-production of Ascend Studios, 19 April Entertainment, Virgo Sun Ltd, Lufodo Production and WB Entertainment.
The 5th Chelsea Film Festival will commence on October 19th and end on October 2nd.
Following a series of successful screenings in some of the biggest festival across the globe, West African romantic comedy ‘Potato Potahto’ will kick off its cinematic releases across the continent from November 2017. Potato Potahto opens in Nigerian and South African cinemas on the 24th of November and makes its way to Ghanaian screens on the 30th of November.
Directed by award winning Ghanaian film maker Shirley Frimpong-Manso; the film stars OC Ukeje, Joselyn Dumas, Joke Silva, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Chris Attoh, LalaAkindoju, AdjeteyAnang, Victoria Michaels and Nikki Samonas. The movie tells the story of a divorced couple whose plans to share their matrimonial home results in chaos after the husband, Tony, brings in an attractive female house help. When his ex-wife, Lulu, then hires an attractive young man to help her out, a roller coaster ride of laughter, jealousy and tears ensues.
Producer Inya Lawal is ecstatic about the movie’s upcoming cinematic release; “We have taken Potato Potahto round the world to an incredibly warm reception, we cannot wait to bring it to cinemas home in Africa, this is just the beginning! “ she explained.[btx_image image_id=”1182″ link=”/” position=”center”][/btx_image]
For South African filmmaker Bonginhlanhla‘Mr. B’Ncube, more African film makers should adopt Potato Potahto’s unique form of pan-African collaborations. “This collaboration is a true representation of Africans coming together and saying, ‘we own this space, our continent, our people,’ let’s serve them and tell those African stories-to our people.”Mr. B attended the Cannes Film Festival premiere of the film and immediately invited the Producers to release the film in South Africa, his production company Sukuma Media which released the action comedy flick, Safe Bet (2016), is actively involved in the South African release.
Director Shirley Frimpong-Manso reflects on the film’s journey; “It has been a whirlwind taking our labour of love across the world. I have truly been overwhelmed by the universal acceptance of the movie, the unusual storyline and our incredible cast; I look forward to when Potato Potahto finally hits the cinemas.”
Potato Potahto has been screened to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival, the Durban International Film Festival, the British Urban Film Festival, and the Silicon Valley African Film Festival. It was the first Nollywood film to screen at the Chelsea Film Festival and it heads to the American Film Market, the African International Film Festival and the Toronto Nollywood International Film Festival in November.
Potato Potahto is a co-production of Ascend Studios, 19 April Entertainment Virgo Sun Ltd, Lufodo Productions and WB Entertainment.
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Star actor OC Ukeje has released the video for his song Potato Potahto which is also the sound track for the movie with the same title. The video for this track which was produced by Egar Boi and features Vector was shot in Durban, South Africa.
“I actually started singing before becoming an actor. When acting took over my life, I said to myself that my time as an artist will come one day. So when the opportunity came it seemed as a natural step for me to take,” says the talented actor and artist OC Ukeje.
The song “Potato Potahto” was produced by international record company Kingstone Records at Peaceville Entertainment’s studios in Lagos. The collaboration between the actor and singer OC Ukeje, star rapper Vector and genius song producer Egar Boi is the result of an excellent fusion between creative minds.
“Potato Potahto” is the main soundtrack of the Award-winning film with the same name that will premiere in movie theaters from November 2017. The film stars some of Africa’s top actors including OC Ukeje, Joselyn Dumas, Joke Silva, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Chris Attoh, Nikki Samonas, Adjetey Anang, Lala Akindoju, Victoria Michaels and was directed by award-winning Shirley Frimpong-Manso.
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/LeyNBdDPFoM