It was Funke Akindele’s turn to shine on Sunday December 20 as celebrities including movie and music stars turned out in large number at the private screening of her latest film, Omo Ghetto – The Saga.
The premiere, which held at EbonyLife Place, Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, had in attendance superstars like Joke Silva, Don Jazzy, Alex Ekubo, Bovi, Toke Makinwa, Alabi Pasuma, Ayo Makun and wife, Mabel; Ini Edo, Taymesan, Yemi Alade, Deyemi Okanlawon and Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi among others. The guests adhered strictly to the dress code of “Ghetto, Fabulous and Colourful”. They all shone and dazzled like a million stars on the red carpet and at the cocktail shindig.
Omo Ghetto – The Saga, which hits cinema across the country on Christmas day, marks Funke and husband, JJC Skillz’ first joint directorial debut. It parades a star-studded cast of Funke Akindele, Deyemi Okanlawon, Adebayo Salami, Eniola Badmus, Chioma Akpotha, Ayo Makun, Tina Mba, Femi Jacobs, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Bimbo Thomas, Akah Nnani, Alex Ekubo, Zubby Michael, Paschaline Alex, Mercy Aigbe and Timini Egbuson.
The movie narrates the story of Lefty and her gang members – Nikky, Busty and Chummy Choko in Askamaya Ghetto. The plot revolves around a set of twin sisters (double acted by Funke as Lefty and also as Ayomide) separated at birth and living completely different lives. One, a leader of a troublesome female gang in Askamaya Ghetto while the other lives in affluence in highbrow Amen Estate, Lekki, Lagos. Lefty is uncouth and lousy but her twin sister, Ayomide is polished and glamorous. Despite their different lifestyles, however, the family bond stands them in good stead as both often look out for each other in time of crisis.
Speaking on the inspiration behind the movie, Akindele said, “I want to showcase the lifestyle of people in the ghetto. I want to let people know about what the youths go through in the ghetto. We need to know what is going on there. Above all, I want people to laugh, have fun and learn some lessons.”