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FilmOne wraps up filming on first original ‘Adire’


After a few weeks at various vintage locations in Ibadan, West Africa’s leading film company, FilmOne Entertainment, has wrapped filming and is now in post-production on its first original feature film, Adire. With the next few weeks scheduled for editing footage, sound and special effects, the film is set to have its world premiere soon.

Set in modern times with a touch of “vintage” Nigeria, Adire is a drama that captures the escapades of a young fashion entrepreneur (now a retired prostitute), who suffers the impact of a collision between the consequences of his adventurous past and a wasted present. by the toxicity of the wife of a judging clergy. It stars award-winning and iconic actresses, Kehinde Bankole (Adire) and Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi (Folasade) in lead roles and features other leading actors in supporting roles including Yvonne Jegede, Yemi Blaq, Femi Branch, Idowu ‘Iya Rainbow’ Philips, Ibrahim Chattah, Lizzy J, as well as Ifeanyi Kalu, Kelechi Udegbe, Mike Afolarin, Dami ‘Goldfish’ Ogunsi, Tomi Ojo, Layi Wasabi, Onyinye Odokoro, among others. The film is directed by acclaimed filmmaker, Adeoluwa ‘Captain Degzy’ Owu, and has Emmanuel ‘Cinemmaofficial’ Igbekele Odihiri as the cinematographer.

Adire is written by Jack’enneth Opukeme, one of the brilliant minds at FilmOne Entertainment. “Adire is a theatrical portrayal of the struggles of young women in today’s world, performed by actors who resonated with her message and were generous enough to allow their vulnerability to bring authenticity to her emotions. unreservedly, his humor and utter grandeur. I am grateful to the management of FilmOne Entertainment for giving me the opportunity to tell this very unique story, and I am sure it would leave audiences wanting more.” said Opukeme.

Kehinde Adire

FilmOne Producer and Head of Production Mimi Bartels expressed her satisfaction, “The film is professionally developed in-house and was a creative joy to work with. The cast and crew brought their A game, diligently helping to bring the story to life,” said Bartels, who is Nigeria’s highest-grossing producer in 2021.

“What we set out to achieve is to tell a culturally inspired and engaging story that would resonate with viewers of different works of life and demographics. With the amount of work that has gone into this, I predict it will be a household name, and we couldn’t be prouder,” she said.

Reflecting on the impact of the project, the director, Captain Degz, is enthusiastic: “Adire is the truth and therefore
much more. I really enjoyed working on this project and also learned some valuable life lessons.

Addressing ‘live and let live’, it promises to leave an imprint on your heart,” he said.

Producer, Barbara Babarinsa, admired the technical input in the development of the story: “Adire embodies an unconventional poetic dialogue that redefines the whole essence of storytelling. It is a relatable, culturally rewarding and timeless work of art. We gave everything for it; we did some magic,” she said.

FilmOne Entertainment is renowned for its co-productions in the recent past, with a filmography that includes several blockbuster and award-winning films, such as Aki & Pawpaw, Fate of Alakada, Ghost and The Tout Too – all written and co-developed in-house; Prophetess, The Wedding Party franchise and Sugar Rush, to name a few. Therefore, Adire is the first film produced solely by the company, imagined, developed and produced exclusively by its content team.

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FilmOne Entertainment co-founders and Adire executive producers Kene Okwuosa and Moses Babatope jointly expressed their satisfaction, “Over the years, we have engaged in production partnerships that have allowed moviegoers to enjoy the best on the big screen and in streaming. Therefore, to solidify our successes, we decided to tap into the abundance of talent and professionalism that makes up our production team to make our first original – a masterpiece for global audiences. Adire will long resonate with the standards of great storytelling,” they said.

Adire is just the first in FilmOne’s slate of originals set to shoot this year. Two other titles should be completed before the end of the year. Publicity and media engagements in preparation for the film’s release will begin in the coming weeks.

Editor’s note:


FilmOne Entertainment is an independent entertainment company focused on the distribution and production of film content, inside and outside Nigeria. We distribute and produce a wide range of consumer and commercial images, including international and indigenous films, and maintain strategic alliances and relationships with international studios and distributors.

The FilmOne team comprises West Africa’s most recognized professionals in film distribution, production, marketing and general consultancy, with a combined experience of over 50 years, acquired in the UK, in the United States of America and Nigeria.

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