Directors/Producers Report | 5 December 2010 10:42 CET


Source: Bigsam Media/


Omoni Oboli's brilliance on tube has continued to garner her fans all over, this saw to her emergence as the best actress in local and international awards like City People and Harlem International Film Festival Awards, but a Canadian based producer who is also the producer of award-winning movie 'Anchor Baby', Lonzo Nzekwe, actually believes that not only is the actress so good but she is also unequalled in the movie industry with stars like Omotola Jalade, Mercy Johnson, Genevieve Nnaji coming behind her in delivery.

Speaking recently in an interview at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Lonzo Nzekwe who was adjudged one of the twenty emerging directors at the Reelworld film festival revealed that Omoni Oboli remains the best actress he has seen. Lonzo further disclosed that a scene on the set of Anchor Baby further attested to the fact that Omoni is a born actress.

He said, “On the set of Anchor Baby, there was this particular scene where Omoni had to cry and act like one who is deeply frustrated and emotionally disturbed, she got so much into that role that after I had said 'cut', the whole crew was spellbound and crying at that stage, I myself, couldn't distinguish between Joyce Unanga and Omoni Oboli. She is simply the best actress in Nollywood.”

Lonzo's statement by implication, rates Omoni over Omotola, Genevieve and others. However,this comment is obviously arguable as fans of other actresses won't agree with this fact.

Still supporting his claim, Lonzo said “When I watched a few of Omoni's movies, I was convinced that she has the ability to transform the script. Plus, I did a brief background check on her and spoke to her extensively on the phone to know more about her, that's when I decided she was the one”

The movie, Anchor Baby has almost 40 actors with speaking roles that includes frontline actors in the film are Omoni Oboli, Sam Sarpong, Terri Oliver, Colin Paradine, Michael Scratch, Mark Cassius, Rachael Ancheril, Cyrus Faird, Santiago Lopera, and Chris Patterson and about 60 extras.

'Anchor Baby' tells the story of Joyce and Paul Unanga, a married illegal immigrant couple living in the US; they have been ordered by the US immigration to leave the country by voluntary departure. They agree to leave; but only after Joyce who is 5months pregnant delivers her baby inside the US. This will guarantee automatic citizenship for their child. Ignoring the deportation order, the couple goes into hiding. Paul was later caught and deported while Joyce stayed back to struggle on her own to achieve their dream.

'Anchor Baby' which has won international awards like Harlem International Film Festival, the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood U.S.A and has been* *officially accepted to screen at the 'Fans of Film' film festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA will be premiered at the Silverbird Galleria on the 9th of December, 2010 and will hit cinemas across the country on the 10 th of December

Omoni Oboli and Lonzo Nzekwe

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