BoI officials visit set of Steph Nora Okere’s ‘Roberta’
The director’s voice brought an instant quietness on set, as cast and crew stood by for the next shot call. Scene 16 of the film, entitled ‘Roberta’, had notable actor Kalu Ikeagu and actress Somkele Iyamah Idhalama in the jolly good mood. The former had just returned home to his wife who, and together, they giggled their way to the bedroom. “Cut!” and that was it. Long and close shots had been completed for the scene. The Bank of Industry delegation was on set to monitor progress. The producer, Steph Nora Okere had obtained a loan from the bank’s NollyFund scheme, which had also provided support for the likes of Kunle Afolayan (October 1), Opa Williams (Three Wise Men), and Jadesola Osiberu (Isoken) among others.
Directed by Ema Edosio, the young filmmaker said she decided to direct the movie “because of the strong diverse characters represented in the script. It has a message of hope that I think can speak to every Nigerian. We live in a society where things are a bit tough and dreams almost impossible to achieve. The movie sends a clear message of hope. You can be whatever you want to be irrespective of your past or challenges in front of you. I feel privileged to be a part of this amazing journey.”
Edosio who noted that Nigerians of all genders can relate to the film, spoke more about the music talent-inclined film. “The music we choose was very inspirational; to add to the message and theme of the film, she said.
‘Roberta’ which also stars Wale Ojo and Nigerian dance queen, Kaffy, according to Edosio, will wow Nigerians.
Ask if it will make as much box office feat as the comedy films, she said: “I think we underestimate the Nigerian audience when we say that every movie needs comedy to break the box office. I believe that Nigerians are hungry for well-told stories that they can relate to. Stories that would not just make them laugh but inspire them and I believe that this film can inspire and appeal to every Nigerian and this I think would translate box office breaks.”