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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 Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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