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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 a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. 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. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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