In a thrilling turn of events, "The Other One," has been nominated in three significant categories including Best Feature at the 20th Abuja International Film Festival (AIFF). Produced by Lillian Amah-Aluko’s New Dawn Productions and directed by David Gee Ahanmisi, the movie has received nominations for Best Feature, Outstanding Actor (Kelechi Udegbe), and Outstanding Actress (Lucy Ameh).
"The Other One" weaves a gripping narrative around the life of Jumai, an on-air personality portrayed by Lucy Ameh, best known for her role in Netflix's 'Amina.' Jumai's life takes a horrifying twist when she is kidnapped by a fan played by Nollywood actor Kelechi Udegbe. In an attempt to liberate herself, Jumai resorts to a dangerous game of deception which soon takes a dark and twisted turn.
Released in cinemas across Nigeria on June 30, 2023, and distributed by Tribe Nation Theatrical Distribution, "The Other One" delves deep into a myriad of contemporary themes, such as love, marriage, fame, insecurity, mental health, pregnancy, and child welfare. These themes resonate deeply with contemporary Nigerian society, making the film not only thrilling but also socially relevant.
"The Other One" has undoubtedly carved a niche for itself in the annals of Nigerian cinema. The film’s nominations at the Abuja International Film Festival underscore its artistic brilliance and societal relevance.
Its intriguing narrative, exceptional performances, and thought-provoking themes have undoubtedly contributed to its success and acclaim, bagging the film a Best Feature nod at the 20th edition of the Abuja International Film Festival (AIFF), alongside other strong contenders like Journey to Matyrdom by John Adayilor Moses, Traditions by Maimuna Abaji Yahaya, Abè Ni by Victoria Ivie Irabor, Dangerous Mission by Claret Onukogu, Saving Raymond by Fati Zana Bukar, and Ivie by Opa Williams.
The cast and crew of "The Other One" have reacted with enthusiasm and gratitude to the nominations. Kelechi Udegbe's portrayal of the villainous kidnapper, Mandela, has earned him a well-deserved nomination for Outstanding Actor. Lucy Ameh, who brought Jumai's character to life, has been recognized with a nomination for Outstanding Actress. In response to the exciting news, Lucy Ameh commented on Instagram, expressing her delight and optimism for the film's future. She stated, "Amazing news! Congratulations to us. Lillian Amah made a great film, and Kelechi Udegbe and I did an amazing job. This is only just the beginning of the nominations and awards this film will bag by God's grace."
The Abuja International Film Festival, now in its 20th edition, stands as a testament to the growth and innovation within the Nigerian film industry. This year, the festival received an astounding 457 film submissions, carefully curating 101 films as official selections. From this competitive pool, "The Other One" emerged as one of the 39 films to grace the prestigious nominees’ list announced this week.
Scheduled to take place from October 30th to November 3rd, 2023, the 20th edition of AIFF promises an unparalleled cinematic experience. In a statement by the Festival's Operations Officer, Fidelia Abah Duker, the organisers extended a warm invitation to film enthusiasts and professionals alike, urging them to immerse themselves in this cinematic extravaganza, where the global cinema's finest works will be showcased. 20 years on, the festival remains a platform for film lovers and industry stakeholders to celebrate the art of filmmaking and honour individuals whose contributions have shaped the industry's trajectory.
"The Other One" has undoubtedly carved a niche for itself in the annals of Nigerian cinema. The film’s nominations at the Abuja International Film Festival underscore its artistic brilliance and societal relevance. As the festival approaches and anticipation builds, fans and industry watchers alike eagerly await the outcome, celebrating not only the film but also the vibrant creativity of the Nigerian film industry as a whole, fostering a sense of community and a shared passion for brilliant storytelling.
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