Nigerian writer and filmmaker Jude Idada’s latest film project KOFA was one of the major players at the 2022 Globe Awards of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) which took place at the banquet hall of the Oriental Hotel on Victoria Island, Lagos.
According to Pulse NG, the movie took home three awards for Best Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor for Daniel Etim-Effiong. Its three other nominations were: Best Actress for Zainab Balogun, Best Director for Jude Idada, and the Audience Choice award.
Written and directed by Jude Idada, KOFA is a psychological thriller which follows eight characters who find themselves held captive together, with a limited memory of who they were or how they came to be there. The movie, which was produced by ThinkingMan Media production in association with Creoternity Films and C-Blunt Films, features an impressive cast, including Daniel Etim Effiong, Kate Henshaw, Ijeoma Grace Agu, Beverly Naya, Zainab Balogun, Enyinna Nwigwe, and Wole Ojo.
Idada is a novelist, poet, playwright, actor, director, and screenwriter. His children’s book Boom Boom won the 2019 Nigerian Prize for Literature. His 2010 film The Tenant was nominated for the African Movie Academy Award for Best Movie and Best Director, and earned him the Best Screenplay Award.
Regarding KOFA’s recent win, Idada said:
Kofa is proof that once your heart and mind is in the right place, the impossible becomes possible. We made this film with love, grit, perseverance, and belief. It is gratifying to see not only that it has won awards but more that it has been so warmly received by viewers. Everyone is talking about Kofa. Everyone is talking about the message at its core, and the possibilities and potentials it reveals that exists in our country. The love is immense, and we can’t wait for the public to see it soon.
Congratulations to Jude Idada!