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Funke Akindele, Falz, Dakore others star in Ebonylife films ‘Chief Daddy’

Alli Mutiat

….As movie hits cinema December 14, 2018

After a successful record breaking movie with ‘The Wedding Party’; EbonyLife Films is back with a bigger project titled ‘Chief Daddy’ which is expected to be premiered on December 2nd at Oriental Hotel, Lagos and a grand cinema release come December 14, 2018.

With a stellar cast, the new comedy movie featured top industry finest that includes ): Jude ‘MI’ Abaga, Bisola Aiyeola, Funke Akindele, Chinedu ‘Nedu’ Ani, Zainab Balogun, Shaffy Bello, Lepacious Bose, Ini Edo, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Linda Ejiofor, Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, Mawuli Gavor, Kate Henshaw, Ayo Lijadu, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Beverly Naya, Uti Nwachukwu, Taiwo Obileye, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah, Rachel Oniga, Beverly Osu, Nkem Owoh, and Patience Ozokwor, Rahama Sadau, and Joke Silva

Chief Daddy centered on the life of billionaire industrialist, Chief Beecroft, who is known to be a pillar of the society. He is extravagant, exuberant and larger-than-life but extremely benevolent, as he serves as a benefactor to everyone around him including a large extended family of relatives, household staff, and mistresses. All seems well in the Beecroft household until Chief Daddy passes away and suddenly the ‘wheels begin to turn’ and things go awry. What follows reveals enormous surprises, twist and turns that prove larger than the life Chief Daddy once lived.

Produced by Mo Abudu with Temidayo Abudu and Queen Martins co-producing. The plot was written by Bode Asinyanbi and directed by Niyi Akinmolayan.

Speaking on the rationale behind the movie, the EbonyLife TV CEO, Mo’ Abudu disclosed that the thinking on events that are very big in Nigeria necessitated the idea of the movie.

“You know we had already done Wedding which was successful. So, I thought what are the events that are very big in Nigeria.

“In our tradition in Nigeria, weddings are big. Funerals are big. Anniversaries and birthdays are big. So, I wanted to do another holiday movie that would always be next to it.

“And we thought about someone who is well known in our society dying. What could possibly go wrong about funerals?

“We had several writing workshops learning. Before we got to the writing stage, it was about what sort of story do we want and everyone you see here sat in a room and said okay let’s craft this story.

“After the workshop, the writer went away and started writing. We had several drafts. I guess we started filming by draft 7.

“So, the writing process went on for quite a while and then it’s about the casting. Who do we want to be in this building?

“We were very happy with the cast. You could see that they owned it. I don’t think there was anybody in there that shouldn’t be there. The locations were right. Everything was done like it was done properly.

She disclosed that her new movies will address societal issues as it has always been but much deeper.

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