Though yet to hit the cinemas in Nigeria, Mirror Boy is already giving sign of what to come. The movie now bags twelve nominations from ZAFAA (Zulu African Film Academy Awards) in the following categories; best film, best film editing, best story, best sound editing, best child performance male, best screenplay, best cinematography, best producer, best director, best supporting actress (Gam Fatima Jabi), best lead actress (Genevieve Nnaji) and best actor (Osita Iheme).
After making history with an unprecedented premiere in Empire Leicester Square in London, UK and becoming the highest selling Nollywood movie of all time to hit the Ghanaian cinemas, speculations are high that these nominations are probably the beginning of greater things for ‘Mirror Boy.
Featuring Nollywood top shots Genevieve Nnaji and Osita Iheme, ‘Mirror Boy’ is all set for its home coming premiere on August 5, 2011 at the Silverbird Galleria.
While expectations for the ‘Mirror Boy’ premiere remains high, the list of stars and celebrities expected keeps growing longer, some of which include Genevieve Nnaji, Osita iheme, … and others.
Speaking on the nominations, Obi Emelonye the producer, director and writer of the movie said, ‘what we see and hear about ‘Mirror Boy’ is not a surprise at all because a lot of thoughts and efforts went into producing the movie and the hard work I can say is paying off. Right now, we are eagerly looking forward to the arrival of the movie in Nigeria because this is ‘Mirror Boy’s origin and we are excited to see it premiere here’.
‘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’is mother decides to take him back their roots, to Gambia. On their arrival in Banjul, Tijani 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, Tijani 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.