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37th State premieres Bolaji Kekere-Ekun’s short film “Nkiru” in Lagos – Exclusive Photos from the Premiere



Director and Founder 37thSTATE - Bolaji Kekere-Ekun

37th State held a private screening for their short film “Nkiru” in Lagos recently. The 12-minute film tells the tale of what happens when a group of friends disappear from a beach party under mysterious circumstances. The ‘Mami Water’-inspired movie is a nail biter from start-to-finish. Audiences at the premiere were captivated by the movie’s strong story line which raises broader discussions about the mythology which is still heavily practiced in Cuba and Brazil.

The cast boasts some of Nigeria’s finest new talents including KC Ejelonu in lead roles. The supernatural thriller is written and directed by Bolaji Kekere-Ekun and produced by Nkechi Bakare. Also showcased at the premiere was a supporting 20-minute documentary which explored in great depth, the African mermaid mythology as an intricate practice complete with experiences and testimonials.

Be part of the experience, watch the trailer now

For more information on the movie – visit the 37thstate website –

This project fulfils three of 37thState’s mission, which is to educate, entertain and inspire its audiences in unique, fresh and accessible ways and also a step towards the company’s larger vision, which is rebranding African culture.

Enjoy photos from the exclusive premiere held at the Muson Center, Onikan, Lagos. BN will keep you posted on when the free live screenings will take place.

Chichi Iyiegbuniwe

Tope Awosika

Ozzy Etomi & Wadami Amolegbe


Charles Obienu

Toyosi Kekere-Ekun

Sesi Fasinro


Nkechi Bakare - Producer "Nkiru"

Dara & Niyi Makanjuola

Naija Boyz

Motunrayo Agusto, Mode & Tunwa Aderinokun

Mofe Olagbaju

Koye Kekere-Ekun

Kc Ejelonu

Ghariokwu Lemi

Honourable Fasinro, Moyo Fasinro, Bolaji Kekere-Ekun & Akin Kekere-Ekun

Deidre & Moyo Fasinro

Chichi Iyiegbuniwe

Bobo Omotayo & Sanmi Segun-Oki

Alex Ayoola & Hetty Bakare

Adeola Ariyo

The Cast of "Nkiru"


  1. David

    January 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Wow. I heard this guy is a genius.

  2. Concerned

    January 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Really, who cares! people are dying in Nigeria and you are not even publicising their plight. Now that people have secured fuel at a more affordable rate, its back to every man for themselves. Shame on us all! Is it only when they start to kill at our front door that we will sit up?

    • Mademoiselle

      January 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Ha ahn! Ki lo de?

    • bukky

      January 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      …but you know Bella publishes glamour stories so you had the choice to not come on her blog.Instead you still came, soaked in the pictures and you are now making noise………mcheww

    • Socris

      January 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      na wa oh! whats ur beef sef? so we should only listen to bad news abi?

    • partyrider

      January 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      my friend shift from here joor..this is what BN is all about..thats why you have thisday,punch and the rest of them online,or better still buy a newspaper..
      by the way i am sure you did not come here to read about naija politics,you came here to read/see whats new in the fashion and/or dont claim otherwise

  3. Modupe

    January 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    @concerned, pls abeg wat do u now want bella naija 2 do

  4. cathy

    January 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    hahahahahahahaha na real wa oh

  5. Demilade

    January 23, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Toyosi, you’re glowing babe! Like!!

  6. Ndidi

    January 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Na wa oh!!! The first bad belly comment. I guess we are all back on track. I beg BN, don’t mind am. Keep posting both the glamourous and the real. I enjoy reading and learning about ALL aspects of my motherland! Keep up the good work.

  7. ko-eazy!

    January 23, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    OMGGGG, who is that GIANT in the cast *sign of the cross*

  8. Layo

    January 23, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Oh nice! I’ve actually been wondering about this since I saw the trailer a while ago. Hope we do get to see it online.

  9. BigBen

    January 23, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Anyone else notice that the mami water’s hands were giant sized…lol..that’s a tall chic

  10. Yawn

    January 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    so people should not make movies again because of Government’s incompetence? take your anger elsewhere my friend!

  11. Chika

    January 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I don’t know who this Nkechi Bakare chic is, but she is beyond gorgeous… no homo! Jus’ saying!

  12. Mary007

    January 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    This is what I have always prayed for, educated, focused and talented people producing movies. I know a time will come when real stories are told. When movies produced do not insult our intelligence.

    • TessySays

      January 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      where were they when it was being formed? You wait till the poor kids make it cool and then you swoop in and take over like you created it. Nigerian elites are the laziest idiots on earth

  13. TessySays

    January 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    But Mami water is half human half fish na

  14. mekhi phifa

    January 23, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Very funny comments

  15. Ginika

    January 24, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I take my hat off to them joooor, Ah! Please where can I watch it?

  16. Ester

    January 24, 2012 at 8:27 am

    hahaha comments are so funny, nice pictures

  17. UsaveOne

    January 24, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Yeah i must say this movie is great! …..plz helpme save life..chekout usaveone blog..!

  18. disappointed

    January 24, 2012 at 11:09 am

    tried to check out the website but it has been hacked. they shoulda checked that!

  19. EKENE

    January 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I only noticed Nneka there. Cherry B rocking it. Our very own celeb. Jacksonite 09 must hear this

  20. Tinu Ade

    January 24, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Lovely stuff.! Cant wait to see the full length movie

  21. feyi

    January 25, 2012 at 9:01 am

    interesting!!! Bolaji Kekere-Ekun is the man to look out for.

  22. Fatima

    January 25, 2012 at 10:35 am

    OHHH woww!! The Mami Water is pretty gorgeous in real life! She scared me in the trailer!

  23. pynk

    January 26, 2012 at 10:15 am

    lol @ some of the comments. Responsible looking event. Kudos to them.

  24. CaRaMeL SeXy NoNi

    January 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    The gal na serious giant o! chei!

  25. Abi

    February 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Tough day today, knew coming to your site and reading a few comments will cheer me Thanks Bella

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