After back-to-back Box Office success with Mirror Boy and Last Flight To Abuja, Producer and Director, Obi Emelonye is back with OnyeOzi (The Messenger), a subtitled Igbo language movie featuring the comedian, Okey Bakassi.
OnyeOzi tells the story of Metumaribe (Okey Bakassi) who arrived in London with high expectations and a two-year plan to return to Nigeria a rich man. However, life in London with his new wife Mkpurunma (Ngozi Igwebike) is not going according to plan.
On a fateful night, TJ an old English man (Stephen Moriaty) is chased, by some masked men, into a party organized to welcome Metu to London and shot in front of his eyes. As party goers run away, Metu attempts to help the man. The dying man squeezes an envelope and a bunch of keys into Metu’s hand and whispers a message as he takes his last breath.
From that point on, Metu becomes involved. And no matter how much he runs from it or how long it takes; he knows he must deliver the message as he promised. Now his two-year plan has become a psychological adventure that will change his life and the lives of those around him forever.
The movie, produced and directed by Obi Emelonye has an engaging storyline, with the capacity to keep the viewers glued to the big screen for as long as the movie last. The cast delivered their lines with such dexterity and professionalism that would captivate and arrest attention of the viewers in any way. OnyeOzi will be premiered at Silverbird Galleria Ikeja, Lagos on Friday, November 22, 2013, which is also the day it will be in cinemas nationwide.
“After the many successes of Last Flight to Abuja and The Mirror Boy, I feel that the time was right for me to do what I have been holding back for many years – to make a personal but important film that makes my mother tongue “Igbo” the star attraction. OnyeOzi (The Messenger) is my humble attempt to contribute my little quota to the preservation of the Igbo language and to take Nollywood back to its roots.”said Obi Emelonye.
Obi Emelonye is one of a new generation of Nigerian film directors taking the magic of ‘Nollywood’ to the wider world. He attracted international attention with the 2011 release of his ground-breaking film, The Mirror Boy and the high octane Last Flight To Abuja in 2012. The hugely successful, award winning movies have set a new standard in cinemas, breaking box-office records with many awards to show for it.