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TOBI excites Muma Gee, other Nigerian stars

If the buzz around the movie, TOBI (a Nigerian flick shot in New York) is anything to go
by, then the Nigerian movie industry might be on the verge of witnessing one of its most
exciting cinematic episodes since the days of Ije and Unwanted Guest.
It therefore hardly came as a surprise when Nigeria’s flamboyant singer, Muma Gee
recently expressed her unreserved anticipation and excitement towards watching the
movie.

The gorgeous singer and recently made this known in a chat with Simply Samad noting
that she was glad the countdown to the premiere had begun.
Previously, Mr. Nigeria 2007, Bryan Okwara had equally described the production of
the TOBI, a Nigerian movie shot on the streets of New York as a remarkable feat for the
producer, Emmanuel Ijeh and the nation as a whole.
Muma Gee’s marriage to Prince Eke finally took place in December 2011, after being
shifted for her music video shoot in November.
The drama in the movie, TOBI explores the consequences of what happens when 21-
year-old Tobi (Mark Williams) bows to the dark side of gang pressure. In a flash, a

seemingly morally upright young man gets caught in a web of violence, guns, bloodshed,
drugs, parental expectations and conflicting voices in his head. Interestingly, the bond of
brotherhood also stretches the thematic window of choices and sacrifice. The director,
Bethels Agomuoh further bridges the gap between the Nollywood and Hollywood by
shooting a Nigerian picture in the United States with a healthy blend of American and
Nigerian cast.

TOBI been scheduled to premiere in Nigerian cinemas on April 13, 2012 and will feature
a red carpet premiere in Lagos.
The movie is proudly supported by Silverbird Cinemas, Nigeria Films, Wazobia FM,
STV, Blue Pictures, Emani Studios, AIT, City Mall, DSTV, ROK Productionz, Galaxy
TV, Acada Magazine, Showbizhub247, Simply Samad MEDIA, Nollywood America,
Swish Interactive and a growing list of others.

Synopsis

This drama explores the consequences of what happens when 21-year-old Tobi (Mark
Williams) bows to the dark side of gang pressure. In a flash, a seemingly morally
upright young man gets caught in a web of violence, guns, bloodshed, drugs, parental
expectations and conflicting voices in his head. Interestingly, the bond of brotherhood
also stretches the thematic window of choices and sacrifice. The director, Bethels
Agomuoh further bridges the gap between the Nollywood and Hollywood by shooting a
Nigerian picture in the United States with a healthy blend of American and Nigerian cast.

Cast

Mark Williams (as Tobi)
Chet Bashari Anekwe (as Tobi’s father)
Chisom Oz-Lee (as Tobi’s mother)
Jimmy Allen (as Tobi’s brother)

Producer – Emmanuel Ijeh
Director – Bethels Agomuoh

Review

Not the kind of story that would instantly fire up the bolts of momentary anticipation
but the dramatic twists, suspense and sterling interpretation of roles by some of the cast
scores high on the pages of a dramatic epic. Ironically, in place of the main story, the
theme of blood bonding between brothers and the cards of sacrifice and selflessness
touch a more sensitive cord.

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