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In April, we brought news of Nigerian writer and cultural entrepreneur Onyeka Nwelue’s new Igbo-language film, Agwaetiti Obiụtọ. “Agwaetiti Obiụtọ” is Igbo and means “Island of Happiness,” which is the name of the novella by Nwelue on which it is based. The film is a satire focused on four friends 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. Shot there in Oguta, it has since been nominated for two awards at the 2018 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAAs): Best First Feature Film by a Director and the Ousmane Sembene Award for Best Film in an African Language.

Recently, in his office in Lagos, Wole Soyinka hosted Onyeka Nwelue and his crew to a private screening of the film. Present at the screening were Peace Anyiam-Osigwe of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), Aboyeji Iyinoluwa of Flutterwave, Azafi Omoluabi of Paressia Publishers, Ayodele Arigbabu of DADA Books, Odinaka Jeff Nwelue of Blues & Hills Pictures, and the Chief Priestess of Oguta Lake Goddess, Akuzzor Anozia. Soyinka is said to have called the film “a magnificent work of art.”

Nwelue, who shot the Flora Nwapa documentary The House of Nwapa (2016), is currently shooting one about Wole Soyinka titled Soyinka: A God and the Biafrans. He recently called Kunle Afolayan his filmmaking inspiration.

The film trailer for Agwaetiti Obiụtọ can be watched HERE.

See the photos below.

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. He sits on the judging panels of The Miles Morland Writing Scholarships and of The Gerald Kraak Prize. He is Nonfiction 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 Curator at 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 work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. 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 has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. He is currently nominated for the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature. 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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