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Life is Not Greener on the Other Side! All You Need to Know about Obi Emelonye’s Igbo Language Film “Onye Ozi” starring Okey Bakassi & Rising British Stars



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This is going to be one of the biggest movies of 2013.

Onye Ozi, is a first-of-its-kind Nigerian language film; set in London, performed exclusively in the Igbo language (by Nigerian and British actors) and subtitled in English. Ace comedian/Nollywood actor Okey Bakassi plays the lead.

The film introduces screen newcomer, model turned actress Ngozi Thompson Igwebike in a leading role, with other new actors including British lawyer turned actor Stephen Moriaty filling other roles in a film that is considered a surprising follow up to Obi Emelonye’s hugely successful 2012 blockbuster, Last Flight to Abuja.

Despite the film having a micro budget, Emelonye sees this as an important film that makes his mother tongue “Igbo” the star attraction. In his own words “Onye Ozi is my humble attempt to contribute my little quota to the preservation of the Igbo language and to take Nollywood back to its roots”.


Onye Ozi tells the story of Metumaribe (Okey Bakassi) fresh into London with high expectations and a two-year plan to return to Nigeria a rich man. However, life in London with his new ‘wife’ Mkpurunma (Ngozi Igwebike) is not going to plan.

On one fateful night, TJ an old English man (Stephen Moriaty) is chased by masked men and shot in front of his eyes. As Metu attempts to help the dying man, he hands Metu an envelope and whispers a message as he takes his last breath. From that point on, Metu becomes involved in a psychological but hilarious adventure that will change his life and the lives of those around him forever.

Watch the Official Trailer

Obi Emelonye on the movie
“After the many successes of Last Flight to Abuja and The Mirror Boy, I felt that the timewas right for me to do what I have been holding back for many years – to make a personal but important film that makes my mother tongue “Igbo” the star attraction.

The origins of Nollywood can be traced back to Living in Bondage, an Igbo film subtitled in English. However, as the industry has evolved, films in other major Nigerian languages have made significant strides and Igbo language films have become an endangered species. Onye Ozi (The Messenger) is my humble attempt to contribute my little quota to the preservation of the Igbo language and to take Nollywood back to its roots.

It is a micro budget film and not one of the films for world domination. However, you can never tell. As my French producer friend once said, “you have to be local, to be global”.

Behind the Scenes Photos
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Cast & Crew

  • Obi Emelonye (Director)
  • Emmanuella Ngozi Ideh (Producer)
  • Okey Bakassi (Actor/Comedian)
  • Ngozi Thompson Igwebike (Former modelturned actress)
  • Stephen Moriaty (British lawyer turned actor)

Onye Ozi (The Messenger) World Premiere Details
The red carpet will kick off at 6:30 PM and  end at 8:30 PM. The evening’s entertainment commences at 7 PM with a red carpet reception with interviews, presentations, short films and an exclusive stand up comedy show by Okey Bakassi all attended by many top UK based African film, television and music stars as well as top personalities in the world of fashion, media, sports and politics. The event will conclude with a Q&A with the stars.
Date: Friday 18th October 2013
Time: 6: 30 PM – 8:30 PM
Venue: The Lighthouse (Camberwell), RCCG House of Praise, London, UK
Ticket Prices: Standard £20 | Children £14 at
Contact: For more info and general enquiries, send an e-mail [email protected]


  1. Chic

    October 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    OMG standing ovation for that trailer!!!! Good stuff I don’t speak igbo hate subtitles because i always end up reading not watching but this is great! This can make it to a the “foreign language” film category in one of those numerous film festivals Cannes, Toronto, New York name it

  2. Nneks

    October 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I don’t understand this trailer….you can do better….would watch sha cos last Flight to Abuja and Mirror boy were ok…


    October 11, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Can’t play the trailer.. I do hope though that it’s in Central Igbo and not different people speaking different dialets that I will have to struggle to understand each person..

  4. elleven45

    October 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Lmao the movie should be out already good job okey bakassi and those whites were speaking igbo lol

    Meanwhile we’re back on

  5. Summer

    October 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    All I can say is OOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!my goodness. I have been into IGBO movies lately and there is one starring Queen Nwokoye called Ada Mbano. If you understand IGBO and you want to laugh watch this movie. Our people are gradually making us proud. Great job.

    • Sephora

      October 13, 2013 at 8:55 am

      Pls recommend more Igbo language movies! I’m definitely going to search out Ada Mbano. I can’t wait to see Onye Ozi

  6. Baker Street

    October 11, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Igbo kwenu…. Yaah.

  7. The Cool One

    October 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    NDI IGBO KWENU! i love the trailer. Obi Emelonye has done it ahgen.

    • OK

      October 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      LOL at aghen

  8. Obi

    October 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Ole ebe okwukwe gi no? Okey Bakassi won’t kill me. This looks good. Obi Emelonye carry go!!

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 11, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      Ezigbo okwukwe. Okwukwe m ka nke gi.

      So, I’ll watch this because I’m trying to retain and improve my spoken Igbo & I distinctly remember someone on this site recommending Igbo language films with subtitles as a good way to expand your native vocabulary.

    • Idak

      October 12, 2013 at 10:54 am

      London a ka kwa Nigeria njo o!

  9. Milly

    October 11, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Fantastic! Igbo movies started Nollywood big time! So it’s a good one! I love Yoruba movies though, but hate the juju part!

  10. nnennia ifepe

    October 12, 2013 at 12:24 am

    dis is a must watch.London no be beans but our people keep thinking that life is easier in london.the best life eva is to make your money in nigeria and come for holiday in dis part of the is boring in the UK,theres no place like nigeria.its so funny but you have to pay for parties,u pay for drink and food even on a wa for london,naija for life

  11. Omalicha

    October 12, 2013 at 12:24 am

    So glad…Okey Bakassi finally got his big break. Dude has paid his dues in the industry and is so underrated. As for the movie, i’d watch because its in Igbo of course….but the music was so distracting and made the movie seem like everyother nollywood movie out there.

    • Idak

      October 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

      I think most of the music were specially designed for the trailer. Doubt they will be there in the main flick.

  12. Emmanuel

    October 12, 2013 at 5:05 am

    its igbowood dat turn to Nollywood. Its good to take it back to its root. God Bless u man

  13. Ifeyinwa Atuanya

    October 12, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Okayyy, my announcement ;-), my sister Adesua Atuanya acted in the movie. Obi, afum gi.

  14. Genny's # 1 Fan!!!!

    October 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

    But the way these people are speaking the Igbo sha….it doesnt sound sweet at all like the way Ahanna and Co. spoke Igbo in the movie Rattlesnake. lol…All the same, kudos for the effort!

    • nene

      October 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      my dear u got it. ahanna’s igbo in rattlesnake made me go and learn igbo sharp sharp. i remember when he told ann njemanze “o mu wa enidiro feminine touch” i literally fainted. best pick up line..EVER!!!!

  15. Eve82

    October 12, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Why was the soundtrack too loud even when people were speaking? I was trying so hard to hear what was being said. I hope the movie is not like that bc Naija films are fond of playing loud soundtrack while the characters are talking.

  16. YungFab

    October 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

    fresh into London with high expectations and a two-year plan to return to Nigeria a rich man….. Couldn’t stop laughing.

  17. Ngowzey

    October 12, 2013 at 10:28 am

    omg…this is a must see…please let us kno when the movie is out!!

  18. Idak

    October 12, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Obi, Chi gozie gi!

  19. D'Mamma

    October 12, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    This is good!

  20. TeeWii

    October 12, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Beautiful.. Nigerians should start making Igbo films.. And leave English.. Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba etc should start!! We shd be proud of our mother tongue!!

  21. TeeWii

    October 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm


  22. stacie

    October 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    lmao, I didnt know there was an igbo speaking news station in London. kUDOS!!!

    • stacie

      October 12, 2013 at 6:05 pm


  23. NNENNE

    October 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I hope Iroko TV will put it online.Am impressed.

  24. That African Chic

    October 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Lmao this looks like a really fun movie to watch. The shooting scene is to die for


    October 13, 2013 at 4:41 pm


  26. Silvia

    October 14, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Aww I love it!!

  27. Amaka

    October 14, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    o di mma!

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