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Show of class, as ‘Banana Island Ghost’ premieres

By Chuks Nwanne 29 July 2017   |   6:51 am

Biola Alabi (right) in a pose with guests at the premiere of Banana Island Hgost in Lagos

Having worked for MNET, before setting up her own production outfit, Biola Alabi sure understands the business of packaging; she knows the strings to pull. So, when she announced plans to premiere her latest movie, Banana Island Ghost, many expected nothing short of a blast evening.

Indeed, it was a dazzling night of glitz and glamour, as Biola Alabi Media in collaboration with BAM-NEMSIA Pictures, premiered Banana Island Ghost (B.I.G) last Sunday, at the Harbour Point Event Center, Victoria Island, Lagos. From actors to musicians, celebrities, stakeholders in the media and showbiz industry… the red carpet session saw different shades of style and fashion. Simply put, it was an elegant night of exquisite class meets Casino Royale.

The guest list on the red carpet included cast members such as Ali Nuhu, Tomiwa Edun, Saidi Balogun, Lala Akindoju, Akah Nnani, Uche Jombo, Damilola Adegbite, Dorcas Fapson, Ozzy Agu, Lord Frank, Makida Moka and Bimbo Ademoye. Other celebrity guests spotted on the red carpet included Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Omawunmi, OC Ukeje, Michelle Dede, Inidima Okojie, Eku Edewor, Freeze, Osas Ighodaro Ajibade, Ill Rhymz, Lamide Akintobi, Beverly Naya, Linda Ejiofor, Tomi Odunsi, Beverly Osu, BBA Stars Bisola, Kemen and Uriel, and others.

Banana Island Ghost (B.I.G) is an action-comedy film starring the multi-talented ‘Chigul’ Chioma Omeruah as Ijeoma, who is paired with Patrick Diabuah the Ghost. The Ghost has 3 days to fall in love and she will do anything to save her father’s house in Banana Island from the bank coming to reclaim it in 3 days.

Written and directed by BB Sasore and Produced by Omorinsojo Spaine and Tolu Olusoga, the Executive Producers for the film are Biola Alabi, Derin Adeyokunnu, along with Co-Executive producers Dr. Ayo Osunrinade, Mr. Michael Ugwu, the founder of FreeMe Digital, Ms. Adenike Adekanbi of HTB Entertainment Studios, Mr. Niyi Toluwalope and Mr. Basheer Tosin Ashafa of Tri-Equity Capital.

Speaking at the premiere, Biola Alabi said, “Chigul is an exceptional talent and in Banana Island Ghost, from her first moment on screen, she captivates the audience, movie lovers all over will thoroughly enjoy watching her.”

Banana Island Ghost (B.I.G), is the first from a slate of five (5) films by BAM-NEMSIA Pictures, a co-production partnership between Biola Alabi Media (BAM) and Nemsia Films. The outfit also collaborated with strategic partners and sponsors for the film including Lipton Tea, Sunlight Dishwashing liquid, Coldstone Creamery, HealthPlus Pharmacy and Kilimanjaro Restaurants.

The film will be distributed by FilmOne and will be available at the cinemas nationwide from August 4, 2017.

“We are excited to be bringing this film to movie lovers across the country. Banana Island Ghost (B.I.G) is certainly another great win for local content and we are glad to be part of it,” Group ED/COO of FilmOne Distribution, Moses Babatope said.

“I loved the movie from start to finish. Banana Island Ghost has certainly raised the bar for the industry. It’s a great testament to all that is possible when people dare to push the limits, BAM-NEMSIA has surely blazed a trail with this one, and as a movie enthusiast, I’m really glad for what it heralds for the industry,” said Omogbolahan Akinwunmi, Movie Critic.

The premiere was sponsored by Amstel Malta, mCash, Amarula, Nederburg and Bisque Whiskey.

Biola Alabi Media is a dynamic consultancy and production company with expertise in strategic consulting for pay entertainment, digital television, interactive television and emerging entertainment distribution platforms. It’s first TV show, Bukas & Joints is the no.1 food show in Nigeria and currently airs across Africa and in the USA.

Nemsia Films, on the other hand, is a full-service production house with an eye for striking visuals and captivating stories. Over the last four years Nemsia’s objective has been to produce world class content with a truly African core. Nemsia Films created critically acclaimed TV series, Before 30, in 2015.



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