Imperial Media’s latest movie, Atunwa (Reincarnation), had its grand premiere at Viva Cinemas in Ikeja, Lagos. The event was graced by Nollywood veterans and other movie casts, including Tina Mba, Jide Kosoko, Tony Akposheri, Yemi my Lover, Alvin Abayomi, Okey Uzoeshi, Gbugbemi Ejeye, and Oluwadollars.
The film’s director and producer, Adetokunbo Shittu, explained that Atunwa tackles the many strange happenings in our society from the traditional African/Yoruba angle. The movie shows a family in disarray and exposes the cause of the action of Kemi Oye. This provides a fresh perspective to appraising many events often treated with levity. Shittu added that the story of Atunwa grew from the understanding that life as it is needs to be taken with more holistic seriousness, as was the norm in the glorious ages of African civilization.
Shittu also spoke about his choice of cast, saying that the nature of the script and the projected audiences informed his decision. The script required the actors to be conversant with the Yoruba language and have the necessary mental, physical, and vocal qualities. He and his casting team decided to select actors from different cultural backgrounds but with proficiency in Yoruba and English languages to strike a balance that would appeal to the generality of the Nigerian and international audience.
Atunwa began its cinema run on March 24th and is currently showing in cinemas nationwide. The movie promises to be a thrilling experience for movie lovers who appreciate the African/Yoruba perspective on life’s strange happenings.
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