After more than two years of filming on locations in Australia and premiering the Gossip Nation, around the globe, Nollywood’s first big budget movie featuring GLO Ambassador Monalisa Chinda and former president of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Ejike Asiegbu, the movie hits Nigerian cinemas on October 28.
According to information at the disposal of gistmaster, the movie will be showing in some of the top Cinema houses in the country.Described by the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) as one of the best Nigerian movies ever reviewed by the board, Gossip Nation is the first African film to be premiered in a major Australian cinema (Hoyts Cinema) It has since been premiered in other Australian cities of Melbourne, Bankstown and the Australian capital territory Canberra.Currently the most talked about African movie in Australia, Gossip Nation has also bagged four nominations at the Afro-Australian Music and Video Awards billed for Australia this year.Gossip Nation was produced by Daniel Okoduwa a Nigeria-born actor, writer, singer, producer (and his executive producer, Gideon Nweke) who teamed up with talented director, Mike Kang, to direct the new African-Australian movie.The excited producer of the movie Daniel Okoduwa who told us over the phone about the excitement generated by the movie said “the duo of Ejike Asiegbu and Monlisa Chinda made Nigerians living in Australia proud with their sterling performances in Gossip Nation.The movie which first premiered at Australia’s biggest cinema Hoyts, in Sydney on Saturday, the 14th of May ( and still making waves in other cinemas hall till dates) attracted the movers and shakers of the Australian community some of whom were the leaders of the opposition of the state of New South Wales parliament, John Robertson, the Nigerian Ambassador J.C Ezema and several Afro- Australian actors, musicians and a host of main stream Australian entertainment and media personalities.The movie has since trotted the globe as it had been premiered in major American and European cities.Gossip Nation is set in Blacktown, a small but steadily growing African community which faced its greatest challenge – Gossip.Gossip that destroyed friendships, family hoods – even interracial relations with other Australians as the people strived through the difficult road of Multi-culturalism. Gossip Nation takes multiple characters each on his / her journey through the strained community of Blacktown. Each character touches another through the destructive power of GossipThe premiere was described as the most heterogenous event in recent Australian history as different races from Chinese, Asians, to Africans, Whites to Aboriginal Australians to Indians and pacific islanders were all represented at the event.It was indeed a sell out events that left so many people sitting on the floor because many couldn’t get seats.Monalisa Chinda and Ejike Asiegbu according to the director Daniel Okoduwa “have written their names into the Australian history as the first Nollywood actors to film in Australia.”And in the words of the Nigerian Ambassador, Mr. Ezema “They are the true ambassadors of Nigeria”
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