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#TIFF16: Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama, OC Ukeje selected as First Ever International Rising Stars | Find out the Special Benefits they’ll Enjoy



Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama-OC Ukeje

Yesterday we heard the announcement of the movies that have made it to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival [TIFF] for the City-to-City category. This year TIFF chose Lagos as the city spotlight and 8 movies were chosen to premiere at the international film festival.

Click here if you missed it.

There is also a program that the festival has hosted for 5 years called the TIFF Rising Stars where four Canadian actors are selected to meet with casting directors, directors, and major stakeholders in the film industry.

This year, however, the festival has inducted its TIFF International Rising Stars from its city spotlight where two actors are chosen. This year is its inaugural year and Lagos is the spotlight. We have our very own Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama along with OC Ukeje as the chosen actors.

The two Nollywood actors will take part in a series of specialized programming that includes media training, seminars with casting directors, one-on-one meetings with filmmakers, as well as a series of unique networking opportunities, all organized by TIFF’s Industry team. They will also attend major events with the established Hollywood names we are all familiar with. Moreover, the actors will be front row centre at some of the biggest red-carpet events at the Festival.

Sounds like quite an opportunity! Congratulations to them both.

Both Somkele and OC are in movies that will be showcased at the festival this year. Somkele is in ‘93 Days’, ‘The Arbitration’ and ‘The Wedding Party’ while OC Ukeje is in ‘The Arbitration’.


  1. Anita Nnabuife

    August 17, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    You go yummy Sommy! <3

  2. Daniel

    August 17, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Nice for them.

  3. The Real Oma

    August 17, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Somkele is such a stunner, in a natural understated kind of way. I like!

  4. JustSaying

    August 17, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    i swear i felt Somkele and super stunner drop dead gorgeous Maureen Adannai were twins. If you dont know Maureen Adannai is dont worry about it, those who do will know what i mean.

    Congrats Somkele – i am yet to see you in a movie but with the trailer of Arbitration i look forward to seeing you. You are very pretty and I hope you are just as talented onscreen,.

  5. Sandra

    August 17, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Somkele my crush! Loved her in Arbitration cant wait to see her in 93 Days 😀

  6. Aunty Uche

    August 17, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Congrats my girl, Sommie

  7. Nene

    August 17, 2016 at 8:06 pm


  8. Tosin

    August 17, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Go Nolly! Yasss!

  9. Xyderi

    August 18, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Two of my favorites , I’m blushing on their behalf lol… Congratulations Sommie and OC . I love you both too much .

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