Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Mbong Amata & Raz Adoti team up with Vivica Fox & Eric Roberts for Jeta Amata’s new movie “Black Gold – Struggle for the Niger Delta”

Posted on Monday, January 10th, 2011 at 6:10 PM

By BellaNaija.com

They hope to tell the story from the perspective of people who have lived through it.
The people who have seen their land and rivers polluted by oil, the people that are struggling.
Jeta Amata Concepts/Wells Entertainment, Starkid Inc and Rock City Entertainment have just concluded shooting of “Black Gold – Struggle for the Niger Delta“.
The movie is described as a political suspense drama;

A powerful story of greed, murder and corruption in the murky waters of the volatile oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria, Black Gold is an epic film about environmental justice and the fight over the control of the scarce oil resources that the world runs on. The line between good and evil is blurred as corrupt government officials, greedy oil companies and violent rebels go on a war path over oil spills and degradation of the land, caused by oil exploration.

Black Gold features a Nollywood meets Hollywood cast, including Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Heat), Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day, Kill Bill), Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Donnie Brasco, Kill Bill), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, The Expendables), Billy Zane (Titanic), Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Pirates of the Carribean, Hotel Rwanda), Razaaq Adoti (Black Hawk Down, Resident Evil: Apocalypse) and Mbong Amata (Inale, Amazing Grace).

Black Gold is currently in post production and according to the producers, “this movie is especially significant and will be of great interest as it is the first time a production of this calibre has ever been attempted in Africa. Usually, in movies like Hotel Rwanda and Blood Diamond, Hollywood comes in to tell the story, but in this case, the story of the Niger Delta is being told and produced for the screen by a group of film makers from the Niger Delta. There is no better time to showcase this project, as it deals with all the pertinent issues being faced in the region like oil spills, kidnappings and corruption.

The movie’s executive producers are Walter Wagbatsoma and Suzanne Delaurentiis. “Black Gold – Struggle for the Niger Delta” was written and directed by acclaimed African filmmaker Jeta Amata and produced by Ori Ayonmike and Wilson Ebiye. Plans are in motion for the movie to premiere in Lagos and Abuja during the first quarter of 2011. Black Gold will be released in movie theaters across Africa and in select cinemas worldwide.

This is definitely an ambitious project and we are looking forward to viewing how the vision translates on screen. However, this is an absolutely fantastic way for our African film industry to start the year. We often complain when “our story”" is misrepresented by international filmmakers. It is time for us to take the reins. We are looking forward to seeing this!

Watch the preliminary theatrical trailer for “Black Gold – Struggle for the Niger Delta”

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    • Miss A.T.L. January 10, 2011 at 6:21 PM

      I’m looking forward to it. I hope I won’t be disappointed.

    • Brittle Paper January 10, 2011 at 6:22 PM

      Expensive -. Waste of resources. Which Nigerian do you know what speaks like this people: “We shall get stronger.” Hisses.

      • partyrider January 10, 2011 at 6:49 PM

        you might want to explain what you mean..cos i cant understand your English either “which Nigerian do you know what speaks like this people” huh???

        • Temilola Adebayo January 10, 2011 at 11:05 PM

          kai..na bad belle you be..pls tell me how this is a waste of resources oo..and by the way..u speak very bad English..u shld probably channel ur resources towards polishing it up!

        • e-Bukun January 11, 2011 at 8:34 AM

          hahahaha

    • erica January 10, 2011 at 6:23 PM

      will be waiting to see the entire movie before I critique….I am from the Niger Delta area so I really hope this gives a true representation of the injustice suffered by our people.

      • Deltagirl January 13, 2011 at 10:14 PM

        From the Niger Delta too…hope they do a good job given Jeta Amata is also from Delta state!

    • Pinkfunky January 10, 2011 at 6:23 PM

      Well Done Jeta Amata, Way to go!!!!!

    • Anya January 10, 2011 at 6:37 PM

      Ok, let us watch and see what happens! Bella feature the soundtrack of the movie if you can find the details.

    • Demilade January 10, 2011 at 6:43 PM

      SARAAAAAAAAAHHH TANCREDDIIIIIIIIII….HOWS MICHEAL SCOFIELDS SON?

      thats all im interested in ^_^

      Looks good

    • Summer January 10, 2011 at 6:44 PM

      This is exactly what I hate about us Nigerians…how can a Nigerian movie director make a movie about Nigeria without Nigerian actors. When are we going to get away from this inferiority complex that is destroying Nigeria.

      • partyrider January 10, 2011 at 7:56 PM

        first of all from the story line you have to have foreigners(the white people representing the oil companies) who make up an important part in the story of the niger delta..hakeem is of nigerian decent,mbong amata is there,OC , the guy with hakeem at 1.21, the chiefs are nigerian.the fact you dont see dem Genevieve,nonso and the rest does not mean its not “NIGERIAN”..how Nigerian do you want it to be again now..is not like they got white people or African Americans to play the tugs and all the people protesting..if you ask me,there is a good balance between the foreign and Nigerian actors, considering its a joint project

        • Deltagirl January 13, 2011 at 10:17 PM

          I love you reply…maybe they expect to see useless actors like ruky sanda and co…

        • Igbo kwenu!! January 15, 2011 at 5:23 PM

          @ delta girl,thankyou o!! i just thank God that a revolution has started in the film industry and in no time,the ”shaft” will be seperated from the real players.e.g tonto wey no sabi speak englis,rukky nko,and a host of other air heads and mediocers.

      • lalala January 11, 2011 at 10:38 AM

        so who should act the white parts? White people are very relevant to the Niger-delta story so its not inferiority complex here.

      • anon January 11, 2011 at 9:24 PM

        I will encourage some Nigerians to always do their research before they open their mouth to talk.

        Gosh, why is it that when something good is done that will actually give Nigeria a good reputation, these so called Nigerians will complain. But, then when one of those nonsense nigerian movies are produced, they praise it like no other. Can we say ignorance and backwardness!!!

        I’m sorry to break your little bubble, majority of those Nigerian actors/actresses can NOT act, Genny and Ramsey are just trying.

        Who owns the oil companies in Nigeria? Whites. Brilliant movie. I love Jeta Amata and his lovely wife, wish you all the best.

        • socris February 1, 2011 at 5:56 PM

          please!!! people, enough bashing of each other. freedom of speech you know. if someone feels its just a waste well that’s his opinion. Na wa oh!

    • Pinkfunky January 10, 2011 at 7:20 PM

      Summer
      This is exactly what I hate about us Nigerians…how can a Nigerian movie director make a movie about Nigeria without Nigerian actors. When are we going to get away from this inferiority complex that is destroying Nigeria.

      • Pinkfunky January 10, 2011 at 7:25 PM

        I guess he wants to make it well known around the world, using Nigerian actors/actresses may be restricted to the outside world.

        • D.O.T.M.H January 10, 2011 at 7:57 PM

          #Gbam

        • Ready January 10, 2011 at 10:08 PM

          If he wanted to make it known around the world, Vivica Fox (overstretched mediocre actress/turkey) and Tom Sizemore (Paris Hilton’s porn video co-star) are not the way to go. Quality, speaking with the right people and getting to the right film festivals is what he should have done.
          Having said that, this is a great step that I applaud. The quality looks great, much of it was obviously shot in Nigeria and it seems the storyline is worth my time. Also, I love that a Nigerian made a movie about the Niger-Delta..great progress.

      • ogg January 11, 2011 at 4:14 PM

        Im sorry but it seems you people don’t even understand what the movie is portraying or what it’s even about. To clarify, it’s talking about the problems and strife in the Niger Delta concerning oil. now please answer me and do so honestly, how the hell do u expect him to portray the oil companies without white people? which in reality, it is. i mean seriously people, think! and btw, there are lots of nigerians in the movie, so what in frick’s name are you complaining about ey? so please instead of bitching about the movie, go about your job or go back to home on bella naija, there are lots of other superficial articles you could enjoy. :)

      • Igbo kwenu!! January 15, 2011 at 5:44 PM

        and who exactly are u reffering to as Nigerians??no be nigerians full for dere so??film neva commot u dey run mouth.bcos genny and co no dey mean say nigerians no dey d film…..UR FATHER!!!

    • rukky January 10, 2011 at 7:55 PM

      cant you guys read, the story was told by a nigerian,but it was not just a nigerian that produced the movie kmt

    • E January 10, 2011 at 8:35 PM

      I hope they don’t make us wait forever for this to be released. We waited sooooo long for Amazing Grace and other movies of similar quality

    • Summer January 10, 2011 at 8:52 PM

      All I am saying is that at least one recognizable Nigerian actor’s face should be up there with the rest of them period.

      • Karimah January 11, 2011 at 3:16 PM

        O.C is a recognizable Nigeria actor.. Same with the Amata chic… Cuz Genevieve or Rita Dominic or Omotola aint in the movie ba? dats y u are so upset?

        • lizzy January 13, 2011 at 4:43 PM

          Mbong Amata(nee Odungide) is as recognisable as they come, the fact that she’s not over-featured ought not take away that fact.

        • Igbo kwenu!! January 15, 2011 at 5:29 PM

          the Mbong Amata chic from what i gather duznt do main stream nollywood films i.e crappy films.d babe isnt wanting at all.i just gbadu her style…if u must eat crab why not eat the ”king”crab….way to go girl!big ups!!

      • kunle March 13, 2011 at 5:35 AM

        do ur reach properly, some of the actors are Nigerians…yes they might not be all Nigerian. but who cares. And yes there are recognizable Nigerian actors there, u just dont know them. Ok better yet who would u suggest????/

    • Lamide A. January 10, 2011 at 9:17 PM

      The trailer looks good. I also hope this is an accurate representation of the situation.

      P.S: Ok, I see OC Ukeje is also in it. I think he’s awesomely talented. And so damn fine :lol:

    • Timma January 10, 2011 at 10:27 PM

      Nigerians- why must we always argue about everything??? The main guy in hotel Rwanda-Don Cheadle though black was not from the country and his wife was of Nigerian decent but they sold the story well through their acting and the whole world was moved, i believe the cast is balanced enough for the story to sail through. Jetta Amata, well done! the trailer gives an indication its going to be a good movie.

    • Yinka Ogunbajo January 10, 2011 at 10:43 PM

      Where are our Nigerian actors? Movie needs more indigent people in it!

    • Temilola Adebayo January 10, 2011 at 11:12 PM

      forgerrit!!!..cant wait for this to hit the cinemas..Nollywood is stepping up..if we keep this up, winning an Oscar wouldnt be a mirage… ProudlyNaija!!!

      • Deltagirl January 13, 2011 at 10:23 PM

        yes oh! I cant wait to see the movie, but i wonder how we can get it here in the states.

    • Ene January 10, 2011 at 11:56 PM

      Jata is on point, I personally think we need more awareness beyond Nigeria, just like the Blood Diamond with Dileonardo Decaprio and Dijomn houndsu, mr Houndsu is not originally frm sierraleon but they used him and excuted the story line perfectly.

      • THE AMAKA January 11, 2011 at 3:57 AM

        YOU ARE 100% RIGHT.

    • Temiloluwa Adebayo January 11, 2011 at 12:16 AM

      Expectant

    • NNENNE January 11, 2011 at 1:07 AM

      The Niger Delta and all the oil producing states need be heard.

    • alfie January 11, 2011 at 2:43 AM

      love it….cant wait to watch it…so proud of jeta and his lovely wife…

    • Nma January 11, 2011 at 2:45 AM

      the trailer looks really good. i’m so glad the story line addresses the niger delta crisis…it’s about time. african movies shouldn’t only be about enticing people and all that crap that’s getting overplayed these days. can’t wait for the release

    • Dee January 11, 2011 at 6:44 AM

      love it! so proud of Nigeria and i can’t wait to see it.

    • zeenie January 11, 2011 at 6:52 AM

      I am looking forward 2 seeing the movie and I hope I am not dissapoint. Thinking that its been produces by a nigerian makes me proud!

    • Victor_ATL January 11, 2011 at 9:24 AM

      tell someone from someone else and tell something from something else. to distinguish one from another. Who says “you can’t tell Chuck from Roger.” Where are my Nigerian actors? ABSOLUTELY BULL-.

      • lalala January 11, 2011 at 10:46 AM

        watch the movie first silly. There are hundreds of Nigerian actors inside (not all can fit in the poster)

      • Garnetcore "Boss" January 11, 2011 at 10:46 AM

        huh?

    • Not Amused January 11, 2011 at 12:20 PM

      All these people who want “popular Actors” should go an take a nap. I doubt very much that Jetta had plans of pandering to vanity. He wanted to tell OUR story, not parade stars. So if you want to see stars, “grab your copy NOW” but if you want pith, wait for the film and look for the message in it already.
      And i’m not even defending anybody.

      • ochella January 11, 2011 at 1:32 PM

        hahaha…lwkm4h @ “grab your copy now”.

      • Karimah January 11, 2011 at 3:19 PM

        WORD… dey can wait for the grab ur copy movies to come out… Stars my foot

    • Nunu January 11, 2011 at 5:45 PM

      Lovely…it’s good to see an African Story from the eyes of Africans…One thing I cant stand is how the international community wants to berate us Africans

    • kreamy January 11, 2011 at 6:42 PM

      Na wa o. So bcos genevieve, ramsey noah et al r nt in d movie. Its nonsense. Pleeeese let’s hear. Cnt wait 4 d movie. Sure its d bomb

    • Disbabe January 11, 2011 at 7:06 PM

      why cant we just get along..Guys wait till the movie is released before you make your judgement..From the looks of things its going to be an excellent one.

    • Hottu Babe January 11, 2011 at 11:32 PM

      You People should wait oo. When this movie starts winning award, like Oscar, and co, All these people opening their mouth looking for “Nigerian Stars” would be the first to say, “Oh My goodness, I knew Naija could do it, Oh My World, Jeta is my hero, Naija won the oscar”!

      But Now, Look at them. What is wrong with You guys? This guy has done something that is actually WORTH IT! I have not seen the movie, but I want to watch it before I know whether or not it’s Oscar worthy.

      Think of movies like Hotel Rwanda, Don Cheadle, He is from Rwanda? The girl that acted his wife in the Movie, She is part Nigerian, NOT from Rwanda, But Did they ACT well, and portray the Rwanda story? YES THEY DID!

      SO, Please y’all.. Hush up already and stop looking for Popular Nigerian Stars. Tontoh, Genevieve, Omotola, and Co do NOT have to be in this movie for it to be good.

      Appreciate what Jeta is doing, More power to you Sir~!

    • OnyiBi January 12, 2011 at 9:47 AM

      errrr. plix plix plix. i need to ask this oh. When u say Nigerian actors and actresses, like who? Is it Genevieve that went on CNN and could not answer simple questions properly? for heaven’s sake the woman couldn’t even answer a question on how she has used her fame to influence her community. or is it Tonto Dike dat can’t make a coherent sentence? hmmm, Hakeem is a Nigerian man which qualifies him as a Nigerian actor anyday. did you see that trailer? you guys need to get a life. Just cause you didnt think of it first doesnt give you the right to berate people who are, first of all, creative, and then innovative and also have enough initiative to not just dream up a positive idea but also make it a reality. This is the kind of image Nigeria needs to get out there. or arent u tired of all the negativity? i am! (P.S. saying Nollywood should only have Nigerian actors begs the question. cos u myt like to say that Hollywood should only have Americans. so the Charlize Theronzes (is that her name x_x) and the Simon Bakers and the Hugh Grants should be kicked out. Just cause they white don’t mean they american. ignoramuses!)

      • lalala January 13, 2011 at 3:43 PM

        Thank you very much!

      • Igbo kwenu!! January 15, 2011 at 5:41 PM

        my dear ONYI as in eh in the real sense of it Genny isnt all that.i thot i was d only one that took note o!when she was asked d question,she said ”errrr i encourage them to pursue their dreams”like seriously who says dat??apparaently clueless Genny does.most 9ja celebs dnt believe in giving back.if u ask me i’ll say its not enuf for them to go dump a bunch of stuff at orphanages once a year.mehn these peeps aint genuine cos i def knw they all can do better.no offence really,Genny is a fine girl buh dat shudnt be all there is to her.she’s just soooooo clueless that it hurts.

    • Mukoro Joseph January 12, 2011 at 11:57 AM

      9ja….instead u guys to discuss what the story is telling our leaders and the rest of the world, you are talking about actors, actresses, why he did, why he did not, pls applaud the noble idea and talk more about what the movie is portraying, i am waiting for it and i am not going to be viewing it like a judge on a panel rather i will see it like any other movie that has been used to send home a message because no matter how bad it is, a positive message must be sent.

    • Nnenna Uzowulu January 12, 2011 at 12:00 PM

      Am so proud of our Nollywood peeps!
      And am sure looking forward to watching this movie! Kudos to Fred Amata and co!!!

    • Dee Gurl January 12, 2011 at 12:06 PM

      i dont know what u guys mean by ‘trailer’…is it ‘trailer’ or ‘thriller’…. and u are condemning other people. Amata, u are da bomb o jare… cant wait to see the movie

      • lalala January 13, 2011 at 3:46 PM

        Trailer is the short video advertisement. Next time, check the dictionary.

    • steezy January 12, 2011 at 12:15 PM

      am hopeful that this movie will be good.

    • bum_la January 12, 2011 at 9:01 PM

      A-ha! Finally! I am so praying that this movie is the bomb! It will bring such a boost of interest to Nollywood and the Niger Delta crisis. I am quite impressed. All the headline stars are notable hollywood personalities, with only one Nigerian, who I bet got her part based on’ family ties’ :)

      • Not Amused January 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM

        errrr, excuse me small, aaaaaalll those people in the riot are not NIGERIANS abi? I bet Jetta had to go all the way to Haiti or even Somalia or maybe Illinois to find them. Thats why you say “only one Nigerian” the other NIGERIANS you see there, the chiefs and protesters weren’t acting were they? They were Probably just selling Groundnuts.
        Please open your eyes and make informed comments… SMH!!!

      • Igbo kwenu!! January 15, 2011 at 5:18 PM

        oh yea wether or not she got the role based on family ties…does it matter??smh in irritation.point is she got the job done and she delivered so deal with it.aii

    • prince January 13, 2011 at 1:06 PM

      i can’t wait!!!

    • asanwam January 13, 2011 at 7:01 PM

      Not into naija movies and haven’t seen any for ages but am so looking forward to this one,thumbs up Jeta

    • Deltagirl January 13, 2011 at 10:20 PM

      Abeg all this one una dat talk na story…when will be the movie be out and how do we get here in the states.

    • Jess January 14, 2011 at 1:28 AM

      The trailer has been playing on CNN for the past couple of days like every 30 minutes or so. That’s GREAT PROGRESS for Nollywood, in my opinion and obviously CNN is very interested in the story of the Niger-Delta crisis.
      We really should be glad to see this progress in the Nollywood industry. Jeta na ‘wafi’ boy. Of course, he’ll want to tell this story to the best of his ability and if he has a wife that’s as passionate as he is about the Niger Delta issues, why would he give the role to Genevieve or whoever else? From the looks of things, she did a great job and the trailer looks great.Oh yeah, I also saw Fred and Zack Amata, they’re part of Nollywood too, aren’t they? Way to go Jeta!

    • Igbo kwenu!! January 15, 2011 at 5:15 PM

      for all those that are hopeful and anxious that”black gold”will indeed put an oscar beside the name ”Nigeria”i thank God for your vision and for the haters,all i can say is keep hating cos thats all you know,and all you will ever be.

    • Sam January 16, 2011 at 12:28 AM

      I am impress with this movie, it share some light about the suffering of the Niger Delta people or Nigerians as a whole. Although it has not premiered, I give thumb’s up to the producer and directors for an awesome job. Apart from the political aspect of this movie, it’s also breathtaking to see a movie co-part produced by a Nigerian director thats has nothing to do with church or vudoo priest. I have not seen a Nigerian since 98 but I can’t wait to see this movie. Cudos!!!

    • sammy January 17, 2011 at 11:52 AM

      Dear fellow nigerian enough of the critism, lets wait to see how this movie reflects what has been done in the niger delta over the years, has it ever occured to you all that in america when there was the oil spill in gulf of mexico, just look at how it was cleaned up and the oil company bp paid dearly for it, but when it comes to africa, its a complete different story because our government officials are corrupt and greedy and as long as they get paid they dont care what happens to the community and the lives of the people that grew up there, dont forget this would have a very long devastating effect on the environment for many years to come, so the question is, WHAT LEGACY DO WE WANT TO KEEP FOR THE NEXT GENERATIONS TO COME.

    • akudo January 20, 2011 at 2:13 PM

      i honestly can’t wait to see d movie, earnestly looking 4ward to it

    • Omoyele January 22, 2011 at 6:35 PM

      If this story truly portray the “True Niger Delta” story , I hope it sees daylight that way the world can see that Gulf of Mexico oil spill was nothing compared to what these people had endured. We’re patiently waiting…

    • Omoyele January 22, 2011 at 6:37 PM

      @ Sam , how can you give “thumbs up” to something that you have not seen. Shiooooooo

    • Omoyele January 22, 2011 at 6:39 PM

      @ Jess, they are obviously ONLY playing it on CNN Africa because I haven’t seen anything on CNN USA