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Is there a Life after Life? Rita Dominic, Joseph Benjamin, Bukky Wright, headline Frank Rajah’s Epic “Iyore”

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BN Movies & TV is constantly presented with a lot of modern stories, so it is always a breath of fresh air to see movies that take us back in time.

Frank Rajah Arase is giving us the exclusive first look at his new production – Iyore. It is co-produced by Kwame Boadu and Heroes Films Productions.

Iyore means “The Return: A Life After Life“. It is based on the history and the culture of the people of Benin, Nigeria, where Frank Rajah comes from.

Iyore – a mixture of historical facts and fiction – explores a tragic love story centered on the rich culture of pre-colonial Benin through to the present day of Benin while exploring the supernatural ideas of reincarnation.

It was shot in Nigeria, and stars Rita Dominic, Joseph Benjamin, Okawa Shaznay, Paul Obazele, Yemi Blaq and Bukky Wright.

Official Synopsis

The history of mankind has always been defined by men and women who changed the course of history and in their deed; the course of mankind.

Iyore tells the story of a life after life…a circle that we live not remembering who we were in the world before, a mythical tale set around the ancient city of Benin kingdom, Edo state of Nigeria.

This epic feature is a mixture of historical facts and fiction. It explores a tragic love story centered on the rich culture of pre-colonial Benin through to the present day of Benin whilst exploring the supernatural ideas of reincarnation.

When School Teacher Osarugwe (Rita Dominic) begins to teach her class about the historical tales and conquests of the Benin Empire, she opens up the door to a love story surrounding one of the three sacred virgins of the great Benin, Amenze (Okawa Shaznay) and Edosa (Desmond Walter).

Amenze, a virgin maiden whose fate is to be buried alive with the King once he has died is holding a secret that could destroy her and the sacred traditions of the Kingdom forever.

In order to avoid the mortification, she escapes the Kingdom along with her lover Edosa. Their escape causes an uproar, which leads to a series of battles between kingdoms and kings.

As the story evolves, Osarugwe herself is going through her own personal battles when her childhood love Prince Azuwa (Joseph Benjamin) resurfaces to profess his undying love for her. Confused due to the fact that she is now a married woman, Osarugwe is caught up in an inner battle of what is right and wrong.

Osarugwe’s story is so vividly reminiscent of the story she tells her students in school, that the idea of reincarnation becomes so prevalent. They say the soul of man is immortal, and will be refreshed again in another life.

This magical tale is sure to bring out the scents and sites of old time Benin whilst exploring the beauty of forbidden love and the idea of reincarnations.

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Frank Rajah Arase says Iyore is the best film he has produced and directed so far.

It was born out of the keen interest in telling an African tale with a rich cultural background and as a son of the soil of the great Benin kingdom I sure will leave no stone unturned.

We can’t wait for the trailer.

23 Comments

  1. AK

    July 20, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Looks good! Cant wait to see it!

  2. hrf

    July 20, 2014 at 5:00 am

    cant wait to see it,

  3. Thinkabourit

    July 20, 2014 at 5:36 am

    wow looks interesting. i love African traditional outfits

  4. Deedee

    July 20, 2014 at 9:23 am

    This is a movie worth my every cent,i love historical (epic) movies, they are simply the best…

  5. Temibalo

    July 20, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Love Rita mucho

  6. sharon

    July 20, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Wow,looks interesting

  7. Thatgidigirl

    July 20, 2014 at 10:21 am

    scrolled right to the end to watch the trailer and then……. 🙁

  8. Fakeaccentsprohibited

    July 20, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I hope Joseph Benjamin will do his role justice by speaking as the Benin would have spoken at that time and not as an AmeriNigerian would speak!

  9. FranklyChris

    July 20, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Can’t wait for the trailer and the movie to be fully released for viewing. And yes! Joseph Benjamin had better deliver a very professional display…I thought I was the only one who noticed his unchanged Afromericanised diction in virtually all his roles.

  10. nene

    July 20, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    i see frank is slowly making his way back to nigeria. i hope the movie is good and not copied/plagiarised like most of his films.

  11. linda g.

    July 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    He should return to his country. Nigeria and produced there, not ghana. He should take Abdul Mumuni with him. Them and their grade C minus movies.

    • Sabongari

      August 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      You would have no industry without them. Period

  12. Leah

    July 20, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Looks really good! Love Rita, beautiful and talented lady and thank you Rita for going back to your natural skin tone.

  13. mae

    July 20, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Love the premise. Something really different from the norm. Also, loving the representation of Edo state. Hard to see modern movies that take.on that. Go Edo. whoo. Thanks producers/directors and actors. Can’t wait to see this lovely, well-thought out movie.

  14. stephanie

    July 20, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Well,we d binis have got stories to tell y’all…sitback relax and enjoy..looks good tho Arase

  15. NINA

    July 20, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    ABDUL MUMUNI AND FRANK ..PORN KINGPINS WHO LOVE THE DISPLAY OF SELATIOUS NAKEDNESS, RAUNCINESS AND INAPPROPRIATE PSEUDO PORN IN THEIR MOVIES…HOPE THEY CLEAN UP THEIR ACT IN THIS ONE….I AM INCLINED TO WONDER IF A NIGERIAN ON THE OTHER HAND CAN TRULY DEPICT ASHANTI OR FANTE GHANAIAN MOVIES AND THE SEMANTICS AND PRAGMATICS OF LANGUAGE AN INDIGENOUS MOVIES SHOULD HAVE ..

    THE GURU WHO WOULD HAVE DONE THIS MOVIE JUSTICE IS LANCELOT IMASUEN…I HOPE THEY SEEK HIS EXPERTISE…

  16. Shadie

    July 20, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    The Mercedes car and Rita’s outfit depicts the right era but Rajah got it wrong with the house, it is clearly the wrong era. Nollywood pay attention to details and do your research well before embarking on a periodic movie. Your audience are not illiterates.

  17. David Nwachukwu

    July 21, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Rita looks gorgeous in these stills. Bae of life. Frank Rajah’s concept is very interesting! Can’t wait to see the film.

  18. Idomagirl

    July 21, 2014 at 4:09 am

    This looks good.

  19. Madame Solange

    July 21, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Hmm, Paul Obazele seems to be the Oba of Benin, interesting

  20. sum1special

    July 21, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Rita Dominic of life. Love her. The movie looks like it has an interesting story line.

  21. Tunmi

    July 22, 2014 at 12:14 am

    This looks soooo good. Nollywood, give us historical films (done well) and we will love you again.

  22. Endowed

    July 22, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Anything with Rita Dominic in imma watch does not matter how bad it is, Frank movies are usually not my cup of tea but the cast is great and Rita is in it so I can’t wait to see it.

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