22 November 2012

Nigeria: Doctor Bello Comes to Town

It has now been confirmed that the long awaited Tony Abulu film, Doctor Bello will premiere on Sunday, November 25, at the Genesis Deluxe Cinema, The Palms, Victoria Island, Lagos. Parading both Hollywood and Nollywood stars, the premiere, which will open with a special yellow carpet reception at 4pm, has the strong backing of MTN Nigeria, with support from Mnet, AfricaMagic, StanbicIBTC Bank and Sovereign Trust Insurance.

Aside top celebrities and stakeholder in the showbiz industry billed for the evening, delectable Nollywood queens, Genevieve Nnaji and Stephanie Okereke-Linus, who featured in the movie, are expected to grace the yellow carpet in style, alongside other cast. For now, it has not been confirmed it their Hollywood counterparts in the movie such as Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. Fox, Jimmy Jean Louis, Victor Browne, Ebby Bassey, Bern Cohen and others will be at the Lagos event.

The Nigeria screening is a follow up to the star-studded première at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington DC, United States, where movie freaks got the opportunity to be among the first set of audience to see the movie.

"This is Nollywood, which is basically Nigerian film making combined with Hollywood. It's important for us to reach across the pond to combine our two talents together because I have a feeling that Hollywood doesn't allow African-American actors and actresses the roles that we should be playing. I play Isaiah Washington's wife, and we lost our daughter to cancer in the film, which then sends him out on a crusade to cure cancer. I've known Isaiah for over 25 years and we had never gotten an opportunity to work together," star actress Vivica Fox said at the Washington DC premiere.

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