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John Dumelo, Nia Long, Ama K Abebrese & Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde to star in Leila Djansi’s “Ties That Bind”



What do you do after you release a commercially successful award-winning movie? For Ghanaian filmmaker Leila Djansi, the answer to that question is simple – start work on your next project.

A few weeks ago at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, her movie, “I Sing of A Well” won the – British Academy of Film and Television Arts/LA (BAFTA/LA) Festival Choice Award and then her movie “Sinking Sands” was among received 9 nominations for the 2011 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) and now new details are emerging about her current film project.

Leila Djansi

The movie “Ties That Bind” tells the tale of three women –

Adobea, Buki and Theresa are three women from different walks of life bound together by a similar pain; the loss of a child. In a destined meeting in a small village in Kroboland, the women journey together to redemption, love, life and forgiveness as they renovate a dilapidated clinic for the villagers.

The cast is already generating buzz – African-American actress Nia Long, Ghanaian actors Ama K Abebrese and John Dumelo will star alongside Nollywood star Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde in the movie. In a statement released by his publicists, John shared that he is excited about his role and describes his character as a “cool and calm” husband who is unfortunately married to a very difficult wife, but stays determined to make his marriage work. The actor also expressed his excitement about his cast mates, “Nia Long has had a very successful career in Hollywood. I admire her work and, I look forward to a great working relationship with her on set. I am also particularly happy working with Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and, Ama K Abebrese who are both recognized as talented actresses here in Africa

“Ties That Bind” is scheduled for release in 2011.

Photo Credit: John Dumelo | Elan | Guudkelly
Additional Info Source: Simply Habeed


  1. Omogekofo

    March 11, 2011 at 11:59 am

    nice bond we have here.

  2. Omogekofo

    March 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    nice bond and cast.
    cant wait to see the movie.

  3. W

    March 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Omotola looks cute…kip u d good work leila.

  4. Lady Gaga/French Niara

    March 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Omo bb looks cute
    Nice guys keep up

  5. deyinka

    March 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Omosexy!!! bella ,you know whether we like it or not Omotola is one babe to always look out for . She has a way of always keeping all eyes on her and the entertainment going. She’s good at what she does,and i wish them well. I truly am proud of her.

  6. missy

    March 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    aww im so proud of omotola 🙂


    March 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Way to go,she’s on a roll. By the way, I took that picture of Leila holding her wards.

    • me

      March 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      is it wards or awards u were trying to say?

  8. hello

    March 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    cant wait for dis
    lovvv John pieces!!!!

  9. cathy

    March 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    nice one.africans upping their game

  10. marian

    March 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    It is productions like that these that further prove that talent is simply talent. It matters not where it hails, its skin color, tribe or background.

    When it comes to talent boxes and confining labels no longer exist.

    Kudos to Leila for her hard work, foresight, vision and refusal to settle for the mediocre.

    I look forward to seeing Ama (so humble despite being so talented!), John, Omotola, Nia and the rest of the cast in this production.

    Glam kisses

  11. Maame K

    March 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Oh please leila gyai wasem ma yen gwini ye hu. Too known. Everyday she mentions hollywood ppl will be in her movie and we dont see ish. Wasnt she the same person who said Kimberly Elise will be in her previous movies, I guess she couldnt afford her after all. Even as a Ghanaian I dont care for Leila as a person (though she is doing good movies) – she is a newbie to the industry yet rubbed many wrong shoulders and her demeanor is horrible. I love people with humility. I bet she wishes she had dealt with Genevieve better. That whole incident pissed me off about her (Leila). If NIa is not confirmed – dont believe a word Leila and her crew saids.

    • C. Green

      March 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      Some Genevieve fans need to take a dive. Not everybody is drinking that ogogoro water. It did not work with director and actor, move on and let the people live. Lelia is freaking talented whether you like it or not the cast of this movie rock Nia or no Nia.

  12. YeahIsaidIt

    March 11, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    So why isnt Nia Longs name on the movie jacket? hmmm- ok oh.

  13. YeahIsaidIt

    March 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Bella you need to check facts before you make announcement here that makes you look bad. Nia Long is NOT in this movie.

  14. Tony

    March 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I am going to check to see if its there and the list of casting – by the way where did you see the movie jacket?

  15. Ms. Sassy eyes

    March 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Those eyebrows………

    • Omogekofo

      March 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      lmfao. thought i was the only 1 that saw them….lol

    • Miss Face

      March 11, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      As in……………mmmmhhhmm! But they will soon say u are jealous of them brows sha.

    • kekeli

      June 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      Lololol, I love this comment….

  16. Myne Whitman

    March 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Kudos to leila though I’m yet to see any of her movies. Loved the trailers though…

  17. Toriola

    March 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Wow omotola killed that photoshoot…see, she looks a lot better when she is covered, than when she wears those asos skimpy dresses

  18. christina

    March 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    this is the kind of collabor, that the Nigerain film industry need and we are only a few steps away from being nominated for Grammys and Orsca. weldone guys
    pls can you email the ful style of Omotola dress?
    keep up the good job Bella

    • sweetie

      March 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      ”Orsca”???!!???! hia na wa o!


      March 12, 2011 at 3:06 am

      i feel Nigerians can get to that level WITHOUT any western face or western help. it seems super desperate. all our “leaders” need to do is get our country in order and we can take Nollywood to a totally different level. there will be more money in the industry which means more big budget projects. before you know it we can win the “Best foreign film” award or something. i hate this whole idea of needing collabos with western faces to sell our stuff. I have so much hope in Nigerians, so i know its possible. thats partly the issue i have with the whole snoop dogg/kanye west/dbanj thing, we don’t need them. after all, the collabo with snoop wasn’t that great, it was very much overhyped. WE CAN DO IT ON OUR OWN!

  19. monalisa

    March 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I have checked IMDb but i dont see this movie being listed in Nia Long’s works. Hmmmm…first it was Eammon Walker who she first said would be in the movie, now his name isnt on anymore, now its Nia Long, maybe she should confirm first before announcing, you know.

    • nabs

      March 11, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      how do you know Eammon Walker is still not in it? did this press release or even the one about Eammon walker come from leilas camp? why not wait until you don’t see who is in the movie before you start hating? FYI you have to submit your project to imdb yourself before imdb verify and puts it up. stop hating on this girl.

  20. Omogekofo

    March 11, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    please i have a question, Is John Dumelo single?
    i saw a movie of him yesterday (LOVE & SEX) and was waoed……..
    someone tell me if he is single. that is if Bella would post this sha.

  21. MODE

    March 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Great cast! I’m absolutely in love with John Dumello. For some reason I’m not excited to see Omotola. Oh well! Can’t wait to see the movie all the same

    • deyinka

      March 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      for some reason, keep the not excited thing to yourself, everybody else is so excited to hear she’s also on this one, she is the pride of everybody and we all love her for her professionalism.

  22. winnergal

    March 11, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Can’t wait to see it. I love me some John Dumelo!

  23. seun

    March 12, 2011 at 12:04 am

    this is the best omotola has ever looked, kip up the trend.

  24. Sandra

    March 12, 2011 at 10:28 am

    People like Kimberly, and Nia are in what we call HOLLYWOOD UNION which means you cannot pay them less than $100,000 – the haitian born Leila used in her last movie is not in the union – you pay big bucks to join the union. So i know for a fact Nia is not in this movie. But i like how Leila’s PR people work though – they are smart to always use hollywood names to hype movie when una know say these people will not be inthe movie. I like that strategy sha but they better be careful though, cos you might ask someoen to star inyour movie and unless the person has committed and signed on the dotted line you cannot publicise using the person names. You can sued. I bet Leila will be using Denzel Washington in her next movie lol lol

  25. Rapunzel

    March 12, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Omotola is going to bring that film down a few notches, she really doesn’t speak well at all. Shame!

  26. deyinka

    March 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    great one, OMO T, we are so looking forward to seeing this movie.

  27. barbie

    March 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    wow amazing

  28. deyinka

    March 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    it’s a great thing having all this star under same umbrella, it’s great for Africa and am so proud of all the stars starring in this movie especially OMOTOLA JALADE EKEINDE. the name OMOTOLA is synonymous to greatness, professionalism and uniqueness and that’s what we are all expecting from this movie. keep up the good work ma.

  29. Fairly Speaking

    March 13, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Sandra, I do believe you are Maame K as well as the same person who posted the following on Linda Ikeji’s blog:

    “Anonymous said…
    Once again Leila is lieing and using Hollywood celebrities to hype her movie like she did with Kimberly Elise for an a movie than never came and she did with Robins Givens for a movie than never came. Check ya facts before posting – NIA IS NOT WORKING WITH HER. Just cos some sites have posted it doesnt mean its true. I seen the movie jacket and Nia is not on there neither is it stated on imdb. This is Leilas PR people at it again – always using hollywood big names to hype a movie. People like Kimberly, and Nia are in what we call HOLLYWOOD UNION which means you cannot pay them less than $100,000 – the haitian born she used in her last movie is not in the union – you pay big bucks to join the union. So i know for a fact Leila is lieing. Linda If you want to garner a reputation as being a legit site done just post stuff without doing research or have facts to back it up. Peace to you.

    March 12, 2011 10:23 AM”

    And I will post the same response to you that I posted on Linda Ikeji’s blog:
    Anonymous 10:23am – You must have a very personal vendatta against Leila Djansi to be so passionate LOL. Did she use your money to hype films that didn’t come out because you just dey vex anyhow anyhow. Make I address the tings wey me I know for a fact, these are verifable facts that can be found on the internet:

    The “haitian born” has a name and it’s Jimmy Jean Louis.

    He is a Screen Actors Guild Member because he were not, he would never ever have been found working on the following SAG/AFTRA productions: Bourne Identity, PHAT Girls, Tears of the Sun, Monster In Law or the TV shows The Shield, The District, Heroes etc etc etc. Check Oh that acronym would stand for Internet Movie Data Base. And the movies that appear there have to be placed there by the director/producer. It does not automatically cull films in the stratosphere unless someone from the production enters it into the system so if you don’t see Tie That Bind there, it is because Leila or an authorized member of her team has not seen fit to include it because she has not started production yet.

    Another point of correction, SAG union initiation fee is a little over $2300, that really is NOT big bucks unless you are just starting out, and find yourself at a Must Join status and don’t have that amount saved up at which case, you have to give up to 40% up front and pay the rest in a set installment. Union dues are about $116/year unless you are making serious bucks then it is based on your earned income. It is all tax deductible.

    The film jacket which we all can see on Facebook does not show NIa Long but it does not show Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, John Dumelo or Ama K. Abebrese who are some of the lead characters to be in the film. One shows two women holding hands and the other shows three ropes (representing the women) linked together. The jacket is metaphoric, not literal.

    The rest, all I can say from an objective stand point is this, sometime in business people do not agree and if the product does not come out, it does not mean that someone is being fraudulent. It was hyped that Jimmy Jean-Louis will be in Sinking Sands, he was in it so apparently, she does not make it her job to hype films with Hollywood actors and not come through with it. Hollywood has yet to fully recognize Nollywood/Gollywood/Africanwood so the stars of that industry are still wary about working with the auteurs of our continent. I think it is rather a very sweeping statement you have made against her without a shred of evidence on your end but since you have an inside track, who are we to argue?

    As long as life dey, we all shall wait and see, right?

    March 12, 2011 10:36 PM

    Did Leila kill someone that you feel the need to go from blog to blog to bash her? Even if you don’t like her, don’t you believe in the justice of the good Lord? If she is such a nasty person then she will get what she deserves, she will fail at what she does because God is a just God, I doubt very that he needs your help spreading the word on what an evil seed Leila can be. Africans! We just love to pull each other down! This is why we shall always remain behind every other continent because we are so full of negativity. If you feel like protesting something, how about protesting for against worthy causes like violence against women, female circumcision etc?

    • Taj

      March 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      I agree with Fairly Speaking. I wrote a scathing post to Maame K, but Bellanaija did not post it. It was that hot! Crab mentality of pulling others down.

    • CC

      March 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Chei, o serious o

    • Maame K

      March 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      No one is arguing Ama and OmoT are in – dont beat around the bush and stick to the topic of -NIA- YOU Leila are Lieing – Period so stop all this long talk. You lied that Kimberly Elise being in your movie, We are still waiting to see Robin Givens and you Lieing about Nia – period so stop al this long talk. “HOPING” for someone to be in your movie is different from person actually signing a contract to be in your movie, If the actor has not sign on a dotted line, dont publicise a movie using her name for publicity. Thats all am saying – simple – u hae done 3 times already – i dont have to write long grammar for you to understand Leila. And as for Jimmy, using his name and wearing on ya sleeves as having used a hollywood actor in your movie is laughable at best. HOw many people know him past Phat Girlz. He is good -but not great nor an A class hollywood actor – so stop looking ridiculous with all those statements. No one is hating on you – i just like to tell it like i see it. The lies is becoming too much. Wu twa kowii too much 😆 TOLI!!!

  30. chiangel

    March 13, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Hmmm… I’d love to see this movie.

  31. CHIC

    March 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Omotola is the reason i want to see this movie. she is succeeding where others failed, i mean working with Leila

  32. Bemi

    March 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    We all wait patiently to see if Nia will be in this movie and who will finally look like a fool. Shebi she said the release is August 2011 – ok – we are waiting.

  33. dewowo

    March 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    a word is enough 4 d wise! stop pulling pple down Naija!

  34. Bel

    March 14, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Can’t wait for this movie to come out

  35. Molly

    March 19, 2011 at 9:29 am

    How can those of us in the US/UK support good African movies when we never have access to buying the DVDs online? We have actors who are really trying to up their game but marketing is dropping the ball!

    I am still yet to find somewhere to buy the movie Figurine which was billed for release in 2009/10, we saw the movie trailler, we are now in 2011, still can’t find the movie, was back in Lagos 2010 – searched everywhere no movie.

    • Serene

      March 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Molly, I am with you on this issue! I was in Nigeria recently and couldn’t find Figurine, Ije, Anchor Baby, Irapada – all these movies that everyone is saying is great. I have heard that you can order the Figurine on demand on the cable provider Comcast…try that and see if it works for you. It is annoying, I know.

  36. Tyna

    March 24, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    OMO sexy u ar a true diva wit talent and same goes 2 oders aswell. i will watch 4 d movie

  37. Tyna

    March 24, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    OMO u rock gal

  38. nabs

    April 10, 2011 at 11:29 am

    kimberly is shooting in Ghana. IN YOUR FACE HATERZ!!!!

  39. genevieve nnaji

    June 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    look,y’all omo t haters,go hug tranformer..she’s d best dat cld eva com outta africa..she’s even beta dan nia long..i’m a proud 9ja gurl. Ghanaians,stop sayin nigerians re bringin u down cos u’ve always bn beneath us..word!!!

    • Nneka

      August 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

      You have belittled yourself for saying that, No one is beneath Nigerians. Its a level playing field, they both got talent period!!!

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