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Obi Emelonye’s “Mirror Boy” starring Genevieve Nnaji & Osita Iheme premieres at the Empire Leicester Square London on the 24th of February 2011



On Thursday 24th February 2011, Empire Leicester Square in London will play host to a truly unique occasion that is set to become known as the biggest premiere of an African film held in the UK. This international gala occasion is the much anticipated world premiere of The Mirror Boy, the latest, and many say one of the very best, in a long line of movies that have been flowing out of the Nigerian film industry for the past few decades.

Written, produced & directed by Obi Emelonye, an award winning UK based Nigerian filmmaker and starring Genevieve Nnaji and Osita Iheme – the biggest screen talents Africa has to offer – The Mirror Boy aims  to “captivate global audiences and become the blockbuster that fans of Nigerian cinema have been waiting for”.

It was in 2010 that the world finally became aware of the enormous growth in the fledgling Nigerian film industry, now popularly known as ‘Nollywood’, as it surpassed Hollywood to become the world’s 2nd biggest movie producer. Nollywood already holds the position of being the No. 1 cinema art form across Nigeria, Africa and the global African Diaspora, with many millions of eager fans worldwide.

The Mirror Boy is a universal family adventure film that tells the uplifting story of a young teenage African British boy taken back to the land of his mother’s birth, but then gets mysteriously lost in a foreboding forest and embarks on a magical journey that teaches him about himself and the mystery of the father he has never seen.

Shot in the truly beautiful terrain of the Republic of The Gambia and boasting high quality production values, despite its low (by international standards) budget, The Mirror Boy is said by many in the international movie business to be the Nollywood movie that can finally match it’s industry’s new found status,

The Mirror Boy’s much anticipated success is hoped will elevate and redefine Nollywood and turn international curiosity into a bold statement of cinematic identity, creating a landscape where new Nollywood will ‘crossover’ and become more widely recognised within mainstream channels.

The Mirror Boy was produced by The Nollywood Factory in association with Akin Salami and Patrick Campbell of OH Films, the film arm of OH TV.

The Mirror Boy is set to be released across Odeon cinemas in April, with international premieres scheduled for Gambia, Nigeria and Ghana over the coming months.

Mirror Boy Trailer

CNN – What’s Next for Nollywood? – Mirror Boy Production Team Featured

Genevieve Nnaji confirms attendance of the London premiere

On Set/Gambia Visit Photos for “Mirror Boy”

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Tickets are available for the London premiere:
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  1. Ms. Naija

    February 21, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Couldn’t they have edited out those parts where she had “sarcastic” looks? Common!

    • C. Green

      February 21, 2011 at 9:46 am

      Look deeper is the message

    • Ms. Naija

      February 22, 2011 at 5:40 am

      what is there to look deeper into now?
      It comes off making her look pretentious instead of endearing which may have been her intention.

    • pepepe

      February 21, 2011 at 11:52 pm

      i know right?

    • Teris

      February 28, 2011 at 7:25 am

      hm. i think it had som’pin to do wi’ the camera-person.

  2. moi

    February 21, 2011 at 8:52 am

    did anyone see her face after she was done, it was like “ok I am done, gerrit it out of my face”….hahaha classical emotion

  3. LizK

    February 21, 2011 at 9:03 am

    WOW, very impressive. I cant wait for Mirror Boy. I love it already. Nigerian people making us proud in different areas.

  4. Layo

    February 21, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Looks like a very good movie..big ups for genevieve!!

  5. Ready

    February 21, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Although the trailer could’ve been better edited, this looks like a promising movie. I love that it’s shot in the Gambia, and I love the way the Nwaguma guy, Obi Emelonye and Wale Ojo chose their words…they spoke of progress in our movie industry without degrading pioneering producers.
    But umm…Osita Iheme is one of the biggest screen talents Africa has to offer? I hated every one of those Aki and Pawpaw movies, but I’m eager to see if he’s got better stuff in him. Still. I’m very excited for where our movie industry is going…$250 million and growing stronger? I love the movement.

  6. iBreatheFreedom

    February 21, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Beautiful trailer ruined by Madam’s fake expressions at the end. Seriously, why would any editor include the sarcastic looks? It just makes everything said in the entire “confirmation video” look ingenuine and Genevieve look pretentious and annoying.

    • ajs

      February 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      yeahh!!! I noticed. mscheww na true sef.

  7. tosin o

    February 21, 2011 at 10:04 am

    looks like a definite must see….

  8. akudo

    February 21, 2011 at 10:14 am

    pls, re-edit and remove genevieve’s fake expressions, or was she forced to do the confirmatory speech? nigerians and their big egos. she just appeared in her first ever hollywood trailer and she’s actin all proud, while people like omoni oboli acted in one of the best movies ever made and has still remained her humble self……


      February 21, 2011 at 11:12 am

      and Omoni is relevant in this situation because??? some people just like looking for unnecessary beef.

    • partyrider

      February 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      abeg park well..which one is omoni inside here again..

  9. sweetie

    February 21, 2011 at 10:39 am

    ok so the point of genny doing all those faces was for what ???? Razness is a disease!!!….abeg genny it was uncalled for, Thank you..ugh

  10. MOI

    February 21, 2011 at 10:42 am

    assuming you don’t live in naija, where can you this film?/?

  11. Tee

    February 21, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Clearly she wasn’t down with doing that promo…AT ALL!
    Did the editor leave her snarky expressions there 4 comic relief? I don’t get it.


    February 21, 2011 at 11:11 am

    if you follow Genny on twitter she already explained why she had those sarcastic looks at the end.
    she said for ONE, the guy wouldn’t cut off the camera and she just kept smiling and smiling (i mean, enough already, before it comes off as fake) and then the second look was because right after she filmed that he blatantly said “the fourth take was better” or something like that.
    the director/camera man or whoever wasn’t that fun to work with.
    maybe they left those parts in there to obviously get back at her and make her look arrogant. mtchew!

    • YAYA

      February 21, 2011 at 11:52 am

      AMAKA D BABY!!!U r always on point

    • Obi-talk

      February 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      amaka this is definitely one topic that I have had to agree with all your responses. U’re on point… very on point.

    • C. Green

      February 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      when your people deliberately make you look bad it means you were not so nice to them so they get back at you by doing shiz like this. just like messing with your mean boss when the bigger boss comes around.

    • pepepe

      February 21, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      Its okay for her to make the faces..i am sure it gets tiring when you are filming over and over..but they should have edited it out and not left that in the final footage.So unprofessional of the production company

  13. akudo

    February 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

    huh nice try amaka, but i can tell you dat don’t believe everythin someone tells u, especially wen the person is trying to defend an action. SHE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN SHE WAS ON CAMERA AND SHOULD HAVE PLAYED ON TILL THE DIRECTOR SAYS CUT, SIMPLE!!! dere’s no need 4 her 2 grumble about d director, a professional is meant to endure the job mishaps and do her bit and go away!!!


      February 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      for all you know, someone could have said or did something to genny. there is probably a whole lot of dialogue we don’t get to see.
      maybe someone made a smart comment or someone made a joke or anything like that. we only get to see one side, so im not even gonna assume it was an arrogant gesture.


      February 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      we don’t get to see OR HEAR

    • ogg

      February 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      i don’t think we should be blaming Genevieve here, afterall there are times when we ( i means us human beings) roll our eyes or do some sort of sarcastic action wen we are bored or watever we’re doing becomes tedious at dat time. the person we shud be questioning is the editor who allowed that bit to make the cut and be shown to the whole world. Question is: did he miss it by mistake or was it a deliberate act to discredit Genevieve??

    • ogg

      February 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm


  14. bobbydox

    February 21, 2011 at 11:50 am

    whatever guys stop hate and support your own jare why cant u all see it was some sort od expression anyone cant get when put on the spot for too long GENEVIEVE ride one jare which one come be OMONI for here

  15. Neel

    February 21, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Darn Genevieve!

  16. Fairy Godsister

    February 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I’m looking forward to this movie already!!!!

  17. layo

    February 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    She def ruinned the trailer with her cocky attitude.. i dont care if she explained on twitter or not.. she should have demanded for a replay after it was recorded and insisted that that part be edited as it is so wrong for her image. Genevive is COCKY.. take it! alot of naija celebs are as well… when they start making millons, they certainly forget to maintain that humility that made pple love them in the first place.. I have stopped following majority of them on twitter already as their tweets sound as cocky as they are and makes no sense! How i wish all of them can be as humble as DON JAZZY! now, that is a true definition of a celeb… i dont think he even sees himself as one.. God bless his heart!

  18. Smilez

    February 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    WOW… can someone say COCKY much???.. seems like she wanted to get it done and over with …. hahaha, they should have edited that part off tho, not a cool look on her image

  19. na wa

    February 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    ehn ehn! Na who told people being humble just means being subdued and always appearing happy for everything in the whole world and acting as if you don’t deserve everything? Mtchew!!

    Now Genny can be proud she can be humble, mean, nice, I don’t know. And neither do you. all the people going on and on about humility make me laugh.

    So what if she makes faces. I am actually glad I saw it. stars are human beings too. We don’t know everything that was going on behind the scenes – mebbe its her usual bitchy attitudem mebbe it’s the annoying cameraman who annoyed her, maybe she was having a bad day. YOU don’t know that.

    I do know it if it was some of our ‘humble’ selves, we would have been yelling at the cameraman by now.


    February 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    to add to what i was saying.
    “maybe someone made a smart comment or someone made a joke or anything like that” which resulted in the expressions she made on her face.
    if you are only seeing one side, how do you know exactly how things played out? im sure genny had no hand in editing it and whoever did should be FIRED! totally unprofessional work. was it not viewed before it was put on YOUTUBE?

  21. ogg

    February 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    i don’t think we should be blaming Genevieve here, afterall there are times when we ( i means us human beings) roll our eyes or do some sort of sarcastic action wen we are bored or watever we’re doing becomes tedious at dat time. the person we shud be

  22. partyrider

    February 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    i swear u guys on BN can be so serious that it gets annoying.
    pls wat is cocky,proud or arrogant about that expression? and who is saying she ruined the trailer,dats just a “confirmation video” incase u didnt read properly.
    i see it as acting “crazy” and nothing more..which is suppose to be funny.
    ah! una too do abeg..i watched this confirmation video like a month ago,and i saw it as just her bin playful..all of you saying all these plenty things,didnt even watch the trailer,which is the major concern here..abeg make una shift joor.
    anyways the movie looks good.i hope i can get to see it.
    keep doing ur thing Genny

    • partyrider

      February 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      its just like all the funny expression u get to see during the making of a movie,and for some reason its not edited.,will u just begin to blame the actor..
      she was just bin sarcastic,the least they could do was edit it..u guys take things too seriously and read all sorts of meaning to it..hiss
      and those saying she wasnt down to do the video…like seriously? for a movie she acted and needs support

  23. Miss ATL

    February 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Sorry, but a professional editor would have cut that last bit out – whether or not Genevieve is giving attitude.

  24. chat

    February 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    there is nothing wrong with the facial expression. All those who hate it sud go n drink paracetamol n sleep…..

  25. bobbydox

    February 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    @partyrider @ogg God na een go bless una plenty 2much jare lol haba anything and everything she does people pick on it unnecessarily something humurous them wan insult chai* people

  26. Joanne Benjamin-Oderinde

    February 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Is it me or Genevieve always seem to have an attitude?

    • Abike

      February 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      It’s not just you darling. She always seems to have an attitude.


    February 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    LOL. everyone is now diverting from the topic at hand and talk about arrogance and being cocky. lol
    so can someone remind me what this post is about? haha

    • C. Green

      February 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      You tell us jack! You usually not it all missy

  28. Chika

    February 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I thought it was funny sha. And I am not a big fan….

    • Cynthia

      February 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      I thought it was funny too. I actually laughed when I saw it. I don’t know why people are giving themselves headache. Why are some people taking stuff so unnecessarily seriously is what I don’t get.

    • meeT

      February 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      I’ m sure most people laughed when they saw it. The hoopla surrounding it is beyond me.

    • partyrider

      February 21, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      i swear i dont why oh..i also laughed when i saw it

  29. chicnicity

    February 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    please let this babe breathe! whether u like it or not shes featured in the movie olready. start liking n quit biting..haba! prouda u gennie….rock the casbah!

  30. NNENNE

    February 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    @ AMAKA…The last time I checked, the topic under discussion was THE MIRROR BOY PREMIERE. No more diversion pps.!

  31. Kerosene

    February 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    It was funny to me. I don’t get why people always have to find faults where there is obviously none.
    When she’s all serious she is snob, when she is playful she is cocky ?? Please you guys should go and sit down…

    • partyrider

      February 21, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      chop nuckle 🙂

  32. AandT

    February 21, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Haha! You guys crack me up man. Ya’ll don’t know anything about what happened and ya’ll just automatically label her as being cocky. SMFH that’s sad! Lol. The movie looks dope though.

  33. teablinks

    February 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    hoooooooooo.. dis looks way beta dan d trailer on ‘Nollywood Movies’…. finali its out.. nice 1

  34. D.O.T.M.H.

    February 22, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Loooooooollll!! Someone had clearly pissed her off. I found that funny tbh but yeah, she’s had issues with my friend before who was excited to bump into her (this was years ago btw) and she said something like, “what’s all the excitement about” or something like that. She comes off to me as stand-offish BUT in this particular video, I’m assuming she had had enough.
    As for Mirror Boy… looks ok.

    • Cynthia

      February 22, 2011 at 5:39 am

      Maybe she just had a bad day. As human beings, we cannot be jovial and happy all the time. Your friend must has caught her in a bad mood or something…..could happen. I personally have never met her in person so I cannot judge what kinda personality she’s got.

    • Cynthia

      February 22, 2011 at 5:40 am

      I meant, must *have*

    • D.O.T.M.H

      February 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      Ryt… If u say so

  35. El Bee

    February 22, 2011 at 12:58 am

    My own question is why didn’t they just delete the part? I don’t understand sha.
    But lol @ “Osita Iheme – the biggest screen talents Africa has to offer” haha. I can’t stand him at all! The movie looks good though. Really proud!

  36. c'est moi..

    February 22, 2011 at 10:21 am

    lol…commentors are funny o..i read the comments befoe watching Genny’s video and was eexpecting to see her hissing or cussing out the cameraman or pushing the camera out of her face…Kimmon people..take it’s more funny and her clowning around than sarcastic…golsh!

  37. aisha

    February 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    lmao at all ur comments, i actually found gen’s facial expression funny

  38. abby

    February 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    OMG! Some of u guys take life way too seriously! I thought she was just clowning around when I first saw the trailer. It was actually my favorite part of the whole confirmation video

    • Kerosene

      February 24, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      mine too

  39. bade

    February 24, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    yes genny’s online souldiers are here again to make sure we cannot think or talk! hahahahaha…..everyone will eventually see who she truly is !despite all you do! youur online campaigns against her Rivals and pretence to look like a nicey will backfire soon…its only a matter of time….


      February 24, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      so now i have to ask, do you know her personally? you don’t know her any more than any of us. so why are you so bent on proving she is “snobby” or has a bad attitude?

  40. connie

    February 25, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Abeg you pple take everything too seriously. All of una wan crusify the gurl. I actually thought it was funny. I dont think she was trying to be proud. Free the babe jo.

  41. @goziefilms

    February 25, 2011 at 7:48 am

    @na wa please can you go back and rewatch the trailer very well, do you mind knowing tat somethings in world of act is artistic , and you refereed to the camera man who provoked her, lol for your information is artistic reason, am the second unit camera of that production, which the D.O.P Clive norman is the best in whole of uk, and to the rest please try and watch the movie before criticizing it, The movie was shot in uk and the gambia. Lets be proud of our thing. it take lots of creativity and millions to come up with a movie. thank u

  42. anon

    March 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    At least someone with real emotions. Why fake like everything is always perfect. Genevieve, keep it real. I see nothing wrong with those faces at all, it looks like the director was very annoying.

    Just because hollywood is all smiles and laughter, they are the most cocky and full of CRAP.

  43. james

    May 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    i cant wait for nigeria premier.. trailer looks promising .. good one

  44. charlse

    May 23, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    i heard the premier in London made history… why London before Nigeria? and when is the premier in Nigeria and where? details please

  45. hajia

    March 19, 2012 at 4:01 am

    dis movies is jst nice,its cool,i really like it.

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