How TIFF stood still for ‘Wedding Party’
A conniving Mother-in-law, a jealous ex-girlfriend, a best man missing in action; just a small sample of some of the hilarious characters over 1400 attendees met at the soldout world premiere of Kemi Adetiba's “The Wedding Party” on the 8th September 2016.
Set in Lagos, Nigeria, The Wedding Party is the story of Dunni Coker (Adesua Etomi), a 24-year-old art gallery owner and only daughter of her parents about to marry the love of her life, IT entrepreneur, Dozie (Banky W). The couple took a vow of chastity and is looking forward to a ground-breaking first night together as a married couple.
Peppered with Nigerian jokes and classic double ententes that had the audience in stitches, The Elfike Film Collective's 'The Wedding Party' opened the Spotlight City to City programme at the Toronto International Film Festival with a star-studded, sold out premiere that brought Africa's best known names including Richard Mofe-Damijo, Sola Sobowale, Alibaba, Iretiola Doyle, Banky W, and Adesua Etomi to this year's TIFF. Other special guests included Selma's David Oyeowo and Toronto Raptors President, Masai Urjiri.
“The popularity of Nigerian film has been on a steady rise over the last few years,” comments Executive Producer, Mo Abudu. “More and more global audiences are recognizing the quality of film that comes from the third largest film industry in the world. It was a true honour to have Nigerian film spotlighted in the festival programme and I am truly thrilled to hear such positive feedback from the TIFF global audience.” And positive feedback from the TIFF global audience it was.
The over 1400 guests that attended the premiere laughed, sang and applauded the film while the screening lasted. Cast members were greeted with thunderous applause during the credits.
“The Wedding Party' will continue to screen till the close of the festival on Sunday, September 18.
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