Niyi Akinmolayan shares a touching tribute to Rachel Oniga as ‘Progressive Tailors Clubs’ premieres


A dazzling premiere recently held in Lagos for the Anthill Studio produced political satire ‘Progressive Tailors Club’.

Ahead of the premiere, the film’s executive producer, Niyi Akinmolayan shared a touching tribute dedicating the film to his mother and Nollywood veteran Rachel Oniga, who passed on a few months ago.

“Aunty Rachel Oniga was the first actor to call back after we sent out the scripts. We spoke for almost an hour. She said “Niyi where do you get all these Crazy ideas from”. I told her they were all my Mum’s. She said…ah we must dedicate the movie to her memory o. Then we laughed real hard about Mrs Edem; the character Rachel plays in the film,” Akinmolayan wrote on Instagram.

“Even though I do not believe in the afterlife, I can find some solace in knowing that as long as this movie exists, these two beautiful women will forever be alive to me,” he added.


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‘Progressive Tailors Club’ was one of the last productions Oniga worked on before her tragic demise on July 30, 2021, from a heart-related condition. The 64-year-old actress broke into the industry in the 80s and was popular for taking on matriarchal roles.

In the Victoria Akujobi produced satire, Oniga starred as one of the executives of a tailors club on the verge of a political crisis.

‘Progressive Tailors Club’ also stars Femi Adebayo Salami, Jaiye Kuti, Uzor Arukwe, Kolawole Ajeyemi, Bolaji Ogunmola, Beverly Osu and Blessing Jessica Obasi.

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