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Michelle Bello’s acclaimed feature film “Small Boy” premieres in Lagos



For African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) award winning filmmaker, Michelle Bello, Thursday May 27th 2010 was a special and fulfilling day. Many months after her feature film, “Small Boy” had scooped wins and nominations at various awards ceremonies and film festivals, including Two AMAA awards for Best Art Direction and Best Young Child Actor in April 2009; Two nominations at the American Black Film Festival in Los Angeles in August 2008, the Heineken Red Star Award for Innovation in Film and the Target Filmmaker Award for Most Inspirational Film.

The movie finally came “home” for its official premiere which was held at the Silverbird Galleria in Lagos, Nigeria.

The event was compered by veteren TV host, Soni Irabor and graced by the movie’s lead star, AMAA award winning child actor – Richard Chukwuma, lead actress – Najide Dede, Nollywood star – Kate Henshaw-Nuttall, stage actress and TV presenter – Iretiola Doyle, TV presenters – Michelle Dede & Adora Oleh, members of the diplomatic community including Special Guest of Honour,Ambassador Segun Olusola and the filmmaker’s proud parents.

About Small Boy
Set in the slums of Lagos, Nigeria, Small Boy is based on a true story of a Sunny, 10 year old boy and his treacherous journey of survival. Living in Africa’s most densely populated slum, he witnesses his father’s regular physical abuse of his mother. Living in fear of his father, he tries to protect his mother but ends up in the crossfire.

Furious his mother decides to leave her husband and takes her two sons with her. Living in her friend’s house she struggles to put her life back together but frustrated lashes out at Sunny when he loses her money and beats him.

He runs away terrified and ends up on the streets of Lagos beginning his journey of survival. Wondering the streets he meets a street kid, Deola, and becomes part of his gang. Sunny soon discovers the world of drugs, violence and must learn how to survive or perish.

Huge congrats to Michelle! Great seeing young female filmmakers creating movies that go against the grain of Nigerian movies and show other aspects of the ‘Nigerian Story’.

Richard Chukwuma

Najite Dede

Kate Henshaw-Nuttall

Kate Henshaw-Nuttall

Gospel musician, Olufunmi

Marcy Dolapo Olowu

Soni Irabor

Iretiola Doyle

Michelle Dede

AMAA winning filmmaker, Michelle Bello with her proud parents, AVM & Silvia Bello


  1. Passerby

    June 9, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Marcy Dolapo Olowu is gonna have to give me her hair dresser’s phone number! Gorgeous hair!!

  2. Bigzgels

    June 9, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I concur…no be everytime lace wig and brazilian hair! It looks very classy..all in all this was an awesome gathering!

  3. honeydrops

    June 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    really inspiring

  4. Latest Rumour @ NaijaRumour

    June 9, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    a wonderful story indeed can’t wait to watch the movie, just reading the above outline

  5. Ijé

    June 9, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Lol you ladies just stole the words right out of my mouth. I really appreciate the real hair… sometimes the weaves and wigs are just too much. Looked like a classy event. Sounds like a great story…Well done Miss (or Mrs.) Bello! 🙂

  6. africanqueen

    June 10, 2010 at 3:27 am

    hello kate looks awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Odufaderin Sandra

    June 10, 2010 at 10:46 am

    yes kate looks so beautiful and young as ever i love u baby keep on taking good care of your self i like your style

  8. April Laugh

    June 10, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Marcy I’m gonna have to cut your hair! It’s getting too much attention! lol! You look stunning love!

  9. Ellen

    June 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Who organised this event. It looks off the chain……………………..

  10. Dee

    June 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Wowwww…………great storyline and plot!! This is really awesome. Before I got to the comments, I was diggin Marcy’s hair…………….looks so elegant. Tired of these damn brazilian weaves thats on every ones head!!

  11. Classy Nkiru

    June 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I was actually there, it was a really classy event! I saw one of the organisers wearing a “No Surprises” t-shirt, so probably, they were the ones who did it.


    June 10, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    wow!!! everyone looks great.
    i can’t wait to see this movie! when is it officially coming out on DVD?

  13. D.O.T.M.H.

    June 11, 2010 at 3:21 am

    I miss Lagos 🙁

  14. luvbogg

    June 11, 2010 at 7:45 am

    @ D.O.T.M.H thank you! took the word out of my mouth!

  15. fokasibe

    June 11, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Good job babes…..more grease to your elbows…

  16. iwannabeabillionairesofreakinbaaad

    June 13, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Slumdog Millionaire…without the “who wants to be a millionaire part”…uhm,i’m just saying:)

  17. silva

    June 25, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    sorry but i don’t agree with you…
    so any movie about a kid growing in a slum is an imitation of ‘Slumdog millioniare’?

  18. silva

    June 25, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    good to see good quality movies coming out of nigeria…

  19. suleimon alison

    November 10, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    hello,good work from michelle bello,please i have got some article,miss michelle bello would want to help with,i want to present my written story to her because it is something related to children still,i mean “small boy” shows ways in which children are being maltreated or abused,so,i have got a story about children on the street that i would love for miss michelle bello to produce,this is very different from small boy-another form in which children are being abused.please i am a Nigerian and i believe that the nigerian dream would not be let down,i would love her to go through my written work about these children on the street and trust me she would find it interesting,if there’s any way i could reach her even if it means meeting her or a representative in the office and sharing my views,

  20. Val

    October 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm



    November 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    aunty please i want to work with you.


    November 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    my no 08032808527

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