Ozone Cinemas played host to the premiere of the highly anticipated movie TOBI, produced by Nigerian born international, Emmanuel Ijeh. Sequel to the huge buzz created since the preceding year, about this young producer’s debut movie, stars such as Monalisa Chinda, Emem Isong, Susan Peters, Yinka Davies, Mandy, Zeal, Crozz, Nikky Laoye, Jide & Sola Kosoko, Benita Nzeribe, Fidelis Duker, Paul Obazele, Remi Ohajianya, Elvis Chucks amongst others thronged the venue on 18th May. It was all about the Lights, cameras, paparazzi, press, show of evening gowns on the red carpet. The atmosphere was turbo charged with the arrival of the producer, Emmanuel Ijeh, the lead actor Mark Lavan Williams and lead female actress Chisom Oz Lee. Guests were treated to good music, and mouth watering cocktail before proceeding into the screening hall.
Immaculate, the first runner up of Peak talent show season three, led guests in the rendition of the National anthem with her mellifluous voice. It was an honour to have the legendary Shaibu Husseini anchoring the event. Recognition of celebrities, important guests, acknowledgment of the role and achievements of the Nigerian movie industry and Emmanuel’s tenacity in producing a beautiful movie, by the compere elated guests. Mgeez playing the guitar, thrilled guests with his piece Tobi, specially written for the movie.
After brief speeches by Emmanuel Ijeh, and the General Manager of Ozone Cinemas, Mr Patrick lee, with popcorn and drink in hand , lights out, eyes riveted on the big screen, guests were drawn into the flick. Many whined as the closing credits rolled, obviously having been engrossed in the flick. It was a wonderful night with celebrities showering encomium on the producer for a job well done and a memorable, well organized premiere put together by premiere planner, Wise Insight, run by Augusta Okon. TOBI has been released in Nigerian cinemas through out the country.
TOBI unveils a mixed cast of Nigerians, Americans, Hispanic ; Chet Anekwe (Phat Girlz, 30 days, Unwanted Guest), Mark Lavan Williams, Jimmy Allen, Chisom Oz lee, Arturo Castro, Patrick Dean and Elizabeth Ness. The movie centers around the life of twenty- one year old Tobi Akinola (Mark Lavan Williams) who deviates from the upright path his parents (Chet and Chisom) once guided him along and yields to the tempting antics of the dark side, giving into gangsterism, drugs and nefarious activities. Then a grave mistake which occurs on the streets, threatens his very existence.
His brother (Jimmy Allen) a handsome, outstanding lawyer, is torn between loyalty to his dream firm “Lourdes & Myers” his employer and defending his brother on the other hand, in a murder case where Tobi’s life hangs in a balance. He must take a stand that would shake the proceedings to its very roots…
The movie boasts of the deployment of first class legal battle antics, (beautifully woven into the court room scenes by Emmanuel), romance, outstanding production incorporating good story lines, twisty plot, lovely cinematography, non-sloppy editing, powerful sound with its effects cued in at the right time, lighting principle adhered to, a good cast playing their roles with dexterity.
It’s a thought provoking, socially/morally transforming, intellectually stimulating, visually opulent, captivating movie…and that’s a guarantee!