Some of Nollywood’s biggest stars made cinema history at the BFI IMAX, London, last night as they attended the star-studded world premiere of Thy Will Be Done, a ROK Studios film directed by the award-winning Obi Emelonye. This is the first time an independent movie has premiered at the 500 seat BFI IMAX and Nollywood fans turned out in their hundreds to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars and to watch the very first screening, which was sold out.
The crowds went wild for a glimpse of Mercy Johnson, Ramsey Nouah and Mary Njoku and were thrilled that a Nollywood movie was given such a fitting platform. They were also joined on the night by His Excellency Chief Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin City.
Nollywood (Nigerian Hollywood) is the world’s second largest film industry in the world, in terms of output and is the African Diaspora’s most popular form of entertainment. On the popular Internet platform iROKOtv, more people log in from London than the whole of Nigeria, hence the decision to screen the movie at the BFI IMAX.
Jason Njoku of Rok Studios says: ‘Rok Studios has huge ambitions in terms of re-energising Nollywood and producing international-standard cinema from Nigeria. Thy Will Be Done, for us, is the blueprint, the gold standard, if you will, in terms of quality and awesome storytelling that we hope will now define Nollywood’
Director Obi Emelonye says: ‘Thy Will Be Done is an eloquent example of what I call aspirational Nollywood or indeed aspirational African cinema- excellent African story with bold pretensions of grandeur, which has squeezed every ounce of commercial value from a budget that cannot shoot a short in other territories.’
Thy Will Be Done is the story of Pius (Ramsey Nouah), a happily married pastor in charge of a large church in Lagos, Nigeria. But when his first wife (Mary Njoku) that he buried 7 years ago suddenly shows up, his world is thrown into turmoil. His present wife (Mercy Johnson-Okojie) tries to fight her corner but Pius has a choice to make…between his calling and his wives; between old sins and new loyalties; between taking firm action and surrendering to God’s will. Weakened by guilt and overwhelmed by sensational revelations, nothing would have prepared Pius for how rapidly things would descend into violent chaos…for hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
Thy Will Be Done will be screened in cinemas across Nigeria from March 2015.