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Nigerian-Canadian Movie “Anchor Baby” starring Omoni Oboli nabs accolades at the 2010 Harlem International Film Festival



From the 22nd to the 25th of September 2010, the  Harlem International Film Festival took place in New York City, USA. The festival is “is the marriage of History to Art, and Film to one of New York City’s most dynamic communities”. Nigeria was very well represented as Anchor Baby, the movie by Lonzo Nzekwe was honoured with Best Film award while lead actress Omoni Oboli won the Best Actress award.

Shot in Brampton and Hamilton, Ontario Canada, ‘Anchor Baby’ the film that also received positive reviews from critics at screening events. It was chosen by the Reel World Film Festival as one of the 20 emerging film makers in Canada  and now it has bagged two awards from the Harlem International Film Festival in New York City.

A film that had Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian and African characters playing major parts, ‘Anchor Baby’ tells the tale of a married illegal immigrant couple living in the US, Joyce and Paul Unanga. They have been ordered by the US immigration to leave the country by voluntary departure. They agree to leave; but only after Joyce who is 5months pregnant delivers her baby inside the US. This will guarantee automatic citizenship for their child. Ignoring the deportation order, the couple goes into hiding. Paul was later caught and deported while Joyce stayed back to struggle on her own to achieve their dream.

Speaking on why he chose Omoni Oboli for the lead role the producer Lonzo Nweke said ‘That decision is one of the best decisions I made in the earlier stages of production. When I wrote the script, I wanted someone who could transform the script and bring it to life. I hired a professional casting director to audition all the actors I used in the movie. I sat through all the auditions and hand picked every single character in the movie. When I watched a few of Omoni’s movies, I was convinced that she has the ability to transform the script. Plus, I did a brief background check on her and spoke to her extensively on the phone to know more about her, that’s when I decided she was the one’

Set to hit the Nigerian Cinemas soon ‘Anchor Baby’ had almost 40 actors with speaking roles and about 60 extras. The frontline actors in the film are Omoni Oboli, Sam Sarpong, Terri Oliver, Colin Paradine, Michael Scratch, Mark Cassius, Rachael Ancheril, Cyrus Faird, Santiago Lopera, and Chris Patterson.

Trailer for Anchor Baby


  1. aDa

    October 4, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Wat a trailer!! -> off to Canada to go find said film!

  2. shade

    October 4, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    This is nice. Kudos to Omoni & Sam Sarpong.

  3. temiyemi

    October 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    This is going to be a nice movie. I kind of love the story line. Plus, Timi’s ‘Heaven Please’ is the soundtrack…. that even makes it cooler.

  4. Honest

    October 4, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I think the Oliver girl is the better actress..omoni overacts.

    • Ike

      October 17, 2010 at 10:26 am

      It’s so much easier to sit down and talk down on ur own but the last joke is on you, cos that so-called ‘overacting’ from ur ‘not-so-constructive’ criticism, Omoni and not the Oliver girl won the best actress at the Harlem film festival. That certainly shot u up on that very unintelligent comment on acting that u know absolutely nothing about.

  5. Yinka Ogunbajo

    October 4, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Nice! I hope this is posted on very soon!
    I love watching Nigerian movies on this site.

    • gbeborun

      October 5, 2010 at 12:25 am

      wow cool, is it free?lol coz most of this sites once u go there they start asking for money.

    • Yinka Ogunbajo

      October 5, 2010 at 9:35 pm

      It’s 20 dollars a month. You can watch free movies on or,

  6. missy

    October 4, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Love it. I will pay to watch this.

  7. Ujubaby

    October 4, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Omg, I’m so happi 4 Omoni, can’t wait 2 c d movie!

  8. Simi

    October 4, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    looks like a great movie? can’t wait to see it, whenever and whenever it comes out!

  9. DeeDee

    October 5, 2010 at 12:15 am

    i love Timi Dakolo’s voice!!!That song is on my Ipod 😉

  10. gbeborun

    October 5, 2010 at 12:24 am

    I’ve only seen like 2 of her movies ,Omoni Oboli is a brilliant actress.

  11. MiaJadore

    October 5, 2010 at 1:23 am

    I love the storyline and the fact that it is something a lot of people(not just Africans) can relate to.
    I also love Omoni, she is Absolutely Gorgeous and seems like a really nice lady. However, her English is very bad and there is no skill or spontaneity in her acting. I really hope this will be an exception. Looking forward to this one.

    • Mrs.RagaBlueberrymuffins

      October 5, 2010 at 12:08 pm

      i have never seen her acting but i thought her english was fine in this trailer.Everyone’s acting looked quite stiff tho, but i’d still like to watch it

    • Julz

      October 6, 2010 at 3:16 pm

      This will be an exception. Her acting in this movie made almost everyone in Harlem international film festival cry during the screening. That’s how she won best actress for her role in the movie.

  12. Julz

    October 5, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Gotta see this when it comes out in Naija.

  13. LollyD

    October 5, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Go Omoni!!! Can’t wait to see this… 🙂

  14. Raphael Aigbugui

    October 5, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Sad that all the wavemaking,quality movies are made by Nigerians based abroad.

    • Julz

      October 6, 2010 at 3:19 pm

      Don’t look at it as a sad thing. It is good that the people making the movies are our fellow Naija people. That’s a positive thing for the industry.

  15. fokasibe

    October 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Well done guys, I enjoyed watching the trailer and would love to see the movie….Great job and kudos to the team!

  16. bolaji

    October 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    this film is one in a million, the thriller alone was so captivating, cant wait to see it.

  17. ufedo

    October 5, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    the use of heaven please in those scenes just killed it. we are coming up!

  18. bolaji

    October 5, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    i think it will not be right to say the acting is stiff judging by the scenes in the trailer, but frm what i saw i think they did a good job.

    • Mrs.RagaBlueberrymuffins

      October 6, 2010 at 7:24 am

      judging from what I saw in the trailer, the acting was stiff!

    • Ike

      October 17, 2010 at 10:36 am

      Well, thank God u’re not one of the judges. The professionals saw it and loved it and gave two brilliant awards of which one was to Omoni Oboli as the BEST ACTRESS! Your unprofessional opinion, thank God, doesn’t count.

  19. bolaji

    October 5, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    what we see in most movies is the same story twisted another way but this is whole new concept all together. good thinking

  20. bosun

    October 5, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    i think i like the choice of omoni oboli, shee did a good job dishing out professional acting in the midst foreigners. now they know naija is got good stuf

  21. Gam

    October 5, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Now this is a movie I want to waaaaaaaaaatch!!, Heaven pls o

  22. ay

    October 6, 2010 at 9:54 am

    it takes a brilliant mind to put this kind of movie together- To Lonzo, Omoni, and the rest, I say well done

  23. James

    October 6, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    habaaaa…. this one too much for me o…

    when this movie go come PH now? I need watch this one o…

    abeg bella naija, gimmie details.

  24. Micheal

    October 6, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    mehnnnn…. please, when will the movie be shown in the ABJ cinemas….

    can’t wait to watch this NIGERIAN AVATER.. lol

    thumbs up!

  25. Lollipop

    October 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Well done NIgeria

  26. Bunmi

    October 6, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    At this intellectual juncture, I ll like to submit that this work of art is a colossal end to intense creative ponderings

  27. Abbey

    October 6, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Wetin consign you consign Anchor Baby? It’s a smart way of staying there.

  28. Ronke

    October 6, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Will she still be deported after giving birth to her child?

  29. Ronke

    October 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Will it show in Aso rock n d various state houses so that those in govt can know the havoc they’ve caused Nigeria

  30. Ramatoulaye

    October 6, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Nice movie if d trailer is anything to go by

  31. Jean

    October 6, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Canada is big so it should b able to accommodate more anchor babies

  32. Paul

    October 6, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Pa, pa, pa pa pa, pa

  33. Bayo Adekunle

    October 6, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Let’s wait n seethe movie

  34. Titi

    October 6, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Not a bad attempt

  35. Julz

    October 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    The people who have seen this movie at festivals and the screening in Toronto, said that this movie will blow your mind. This Naija movie wey Oyibo watch finish give Omoni “best actress” and the movie “best film” in New York in the midst of other international movies at the same festival. The movie has to be very good. Looking forward to seeing this one.

  36. Mary

    October 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Some thing different from d normal Nollywood love-love stories

  37. Gbade

    October 7, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    this movie is too much

  38. Abeke

    October 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    i would love to see this, the trailer was quite convincing

  39. Kunle

    October 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    it is sad that some africans go about aborad with such names. I am touched by touched by this story line.

  40. Amaka

    October 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    i fell in love with this move just seeing the poster, i think the pic of omoni pregnant got to me emotionally as a woman.

  41. Joke

    October 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    i just read through comments on this film and i am wondering is it this hot. i will watch it anyway.

    • Joke

      October 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm

      i tell you this film will arouse your emotion, i cant seem to take it as a film i keep thinking it is a true life story

  42. Bolarinwa

    October 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    thank you for making Nigeria proud guys, good movie

  43. Johnson

    October 7, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    File …………., its a nice one

  44. Scater

    October 9, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Way to go. Proud to be a Nigerian cos this movie quality represent us well well

  45. Serah

    October 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I cannot wait to see this movie! Omoni is one actress that has set herself apart and i would say watch out Nollywood! She won an award amongst so many white actresses?!!! If you ask me, we should celebrate her! Mario Van Pebbles had a movie in that award as well, so I say kudos Omoni. Nigeria is proud of you!

  46. akudo

    October 11, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    way 2 go girl, if you don’t knw omoni is an exceptional actress, both professionaly and she’s got a great attitude. I AM PROUD OF HER

  47. liz

    October 13, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    the movie has canadians, a nigerian, a ghanaian, i think some caribeans and yet it is a nigerian canadian movie….jeeez, these nigerians are desperate to claim everything! mtcheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew(KMT)

    • Ross

      October 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm

      Well, Nigerians are proud of their people. The movie is written, directed and produced by a Nigerian, also the first leading actress is also Nigerian. So, why shouldn’t they claim it. Abeg if Ghana , Canadian and Mexicans want to claim it, they should go ahead. It’s all for the best. Can’t wait to see this though

  48. Bose

    October 16, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    see wahala o! the movie was produced and directed by a Nigerian Canadian man plus Ross is right, the lead actress Omoni Oboli, is proudly naija so….

  49. vwera

    November 21, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I just got word that the movie is showing in all cinemas in Naija from the 10th of December. Cant wait!

  50. Omoni

    December 27, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks everyone 4ur great comments abt meh….i realy apreciate it..thanks a million times.

  51. chiamaka ibeh

    January 3, 2011 at 7:36 am

    i’v not watched dis film but it looks quite interesting. how can one get it or may be download

  52. Folashade

    July 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I’m finally proud and happy that Anchor Baby is coming to London cinemas from September 2. I’ve been dying to watch this movie with great reviews.

  53. chinwendu

    April 12, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    I have seen the movie..watched it on iroko t.v its nice….left me in tears. She was scammed. A white wiman she trusted ended up stealing her baby

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