Abba T Makama, CJ Obasi, and Michael Omonua’s anthology film ‘Juju Stories’ has scooped AFRIFF’s 2021 Best Director award.
Co-director, CJ Obasi confirmed the film’s exciting new feat via a social media announcement.
“And @jujustories_ by the @surreal16collective picked up the Best Director(s) Award at @afriff What a week it’s been! I would like to thank the Features Jury for the honor, the entire organizing committee of AFRIFF, Creative Director @therealjennyalonzo, and the Amazing @realchiomaude for being relentless and consistent visionary…” CJ wrote.
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Starring Timini Egbuson, Belinda Agedah Yanga, Paul Utomi, Adebukola Oladipupo, Nengi Adoki, the three-part anthology film explores juju in contemporary Lagos with three stories- ‘Suffer the Witch’ directed by Obasi, ‘Yam’ by Makama and ‘Love Portion’ by Omonua.
In ‘Suffer the Witch’, love and friendship turn into an obsession, when a young college woman attracts her crush’s interest. In ‘Love Potion’, an unmarried woman agrees to use juju to find herself an ideal mate and in ‘Yam’, consequences arise when a street urchin picks up seemingly random money from the roadside.
So far, the film has garnered acclaim from audiences across Africa. On October 31, it premiered in 12 African countries via Canal Olympia distribution. In Obasi’s AFRIFF appreciation post, the filmmaker also hinted that they are in talks with a Nigerian distribution company, Filmone for a distro deal.
“Four halls filled and overflowing is no joke! Not to put them up on the spot, but I know @filmhousecinemas should listen to the people now. Blessings,” the filmmaker wrote.
‘Juju Stories’ is produced by Oge Obasi and executive produced by Francis Nebot.