It was an historic moment at Empire Leicester Square in London, when an African, specifically Nigerian movie, ‘Mirror Boy’ came up live on a western screen to a humongous and mixed crowd of black and western people at its premiere. The premiere was adjudged the biggest by any African movie in UK as all ticket was sold out.
On arrival at the Ghanaian cinemas, ‘Mirror Boy’ went ahead to become the highest selling Nollywood movie of all time in the country.
Now, after a successful outing abroad, ‘Mirror Boy’ is set to arrive in its home, Nigeria, with an out – of -the-box premiere in Lagos on August 5.
‘Mirror Boy’, tagged the revolution of Africa abroad was written, produced and directed by Obi Emelonye. It features Nollywood’s finest, Genevieve Nnaji and Osita Iheme.
Shot in Gambia and London, ‘The Mirror Boy’ is an enthralling journey as seen through the eyes of a London- born 12 year old African boy, Tijani. After a London street fight on 13th of June, in which a local boy is hurt, Tijan’s mother decides to take him back their roots, to Gambia. On their arrival in Banjul, Tijan encounters a strange apparition, a boy smiling at him in a mirror and vanishing. Seeing the same boy in a crowded street market the next day sets in motion a chain of events, with Tijan finding himself lost. While Tijan’s panic-stricken mother struggles to find her son, Tijan is left alone in the company of the enigmatic Mirror Boy, seemingly only visible to him. A cathartic climax helps TIJANI to unravel the mystery of the MIRROR BOY. It also provides him with a rather mystical explanation for the way his life has cascaded from the 13th of June towards this inter-twined fate with a father he has never met.
Genevieve Nnaji speaking at the premiere in UK said it was the biggest premiere she had ever attended. However, Obi Emelonye said, ‘he is positive that the success of ‘Mirror Boy’ abroad is nothing compared to the amount of success the movie is going to experience here in Nigeria because this is the home of the movie, and white people can only try but they cannot relate with the movie as much as an African would’.
Mirrior Boy is also the longest running Nollywood movie in the UK