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Onyeka Nwelue. Image from Bella Naija.

Nigerian writer Onyeka Nwelue has a new film out. Agwaetiti Obiụtọ, an Igbo language feature, is a satire focused on the lives of four friends—Bugzy Dvinci, Willie, Arbenco and Akah—who are drawn from their different lives by a promise, by Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), to pay the youth in their community, Oguta, Imo State, Nigeria. The film was shot there in Oguta.

The narrative, according to Bella Naija, “is centred on their relationship with Oguta and her people – how they come to fight against oppressors and imperialists.”

Nwelue, who shot the Flora Nwapa documentary The House of Nwapa (2016) and is currently shooting one about Wole Soyinka, Soyinka: A God and the Biafrans, is the author of the novel The Beginning of Everything Colourful (2017), and is currently an assistant professor and Visiting Fellow of African Literature and Studies at the English Language Department, Manipur University, India and a Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies, Ohio University.

The cast of Agwaetiti Obiụtọ includes Obinna Nwokedi, Willie Samuel Iboro, Arbenco Aigbe, Lorenzo Menakaya, Paulcy Nnamdi Iwuala, Harry B Anyanwu, and Ugo Stevenson.

Watch the riveting trailer below:

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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