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Elfike Film Collective’s “The Wedding Party” Takes Sold out Audiences at TIFF on a Hilarious 110 Minute Ride of Pure Wedding Chaos




A conniving Mother-in-law, a jealous ex-girlfriend, a best man missing in action; just a small sample of some of the hilarious characters over 1400 attendees met at the sold-out world premiere of Kemi Adetiba’s The Wedding Party yesterday evening.

Set in Lagos, Nigeria, The Wedding Party is the story of Dunni Coker (Adesua Etomi), a 24-year-old art gallery owner and only daughter of her parents about to marry the love of her life, IT entrepreneur Dozie (Banky W). The couple took a vow of chastity and is looking forward to a ground-breaking first night together as a married couple.

Peppered with Nigerian jokes and classic double entendres that had the audience in stitches, The Elfike Film Collective’s ‘The Wedding Party’ opened the Spotlight City to City programme at the Toronto International Film Festival with a star-studded, sold out premiere that brought Africa’s best-known names including Richard Mofe-Damijo, Sola Sobowale, Ali Baba, Iretiola Doyle, Banky W, and Adesua Etomi.  Other special guests included Selma’s David Oyeowo and Toronto Raptors President, Masai Urjiri.

“The popularity of Nigerian film has been on a steady incline over the last few years,” comments Executive Producer, Mo Abudu.  “More and more global audiences are recognising the quality of film that comes from the third largest film industry in the world.  It was a true honour to have Nigerian film spotlighted in the festival programme and I am truly thrilled to hear such positive feedback from the TIFF global audience.”

And positive feedback from the TIFF global audience it was.  The over 1400 guests of the premiere laughed, sang and applauded the film during its air.  Cast members were greeted with thunderous applause during the credits.

Written by playwright Tosin Otudeko and Kemi Adetiba, ‘The Wedding Party’ is an Elfike Film Collective production – a first of its kind initiative designed to raise the bar in African storytelling through unrivalled technical achievement in filmmaking and creative media arts. Elfike Film Collective is a collaboration of Africa’s leading powerhouses – EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios. It is the first time industry giants will partner on a film project and with TIFF’s recognition is proving that Collectives can grow and prosper the continent’s film community.

 “This will be the second time an EbonyLife movie is selected to screen at an International Film Festival of great repute”, adds Abudu.  “TIFF’s selection of ‘The Wedding Party’ is a true honour.” I can’t think of a better place, or a better global audience for the film’s festival.”

‘‘The Wedding Party’ will continue to screen at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 18 at 9:45 a.m.  A press/industry screening will also take place on Friday, September 9 at 11:15 a.m. for all festival accredited media.

The movie will subsequently get its World Nigerian premiere in Lagos at The Landmark Centre, Lekki, Lagos, on the 20th of November, 2016.

See all the photos below.



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For more information about The Wedding Party, visit and be part of the Twitter conversation, follow us @TWPMovie and/ or Instagram @weddingpartymovie. Official hashtag is #TheWeddingPartyMovie.


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    September 11, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Once again, publicity is key! Well done team!

  2. Nene

    September 11, 2016 at 9:16 am

    RMD is looking good again. I hope the film is worth it

  3. Nameoh

    September 11, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Ibukun Ukeje needs a firm bra. Kilode?!

  4. Bade

    September 11, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Adesua looks good but did they forget to put her braids in hot water?
    Love Zainab’s outfit.
    Somkele is normally beaut but here she looks like she is trying too hard.
    Aunty Mo, wish your hair was more styled but you look good.
    RMD just too fahn. Ahn ahn.
    Kemi Adetiba, lovely dress but wrong shoes.
    Sola Sobowale, I just love you.

  5. The Real Oma

    September 11, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Somkele, i love your hair!
    Zainab looking sweet as always.
    The lady in simple braid is a beaut, anyone know who she is? 🙂

  6. M

    September 11, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    The last time we saw Ibukun Ukeje on the red carpet, no bra, now again boobs be sagging, face looking ashy. Aunty step it up or don’t come on the red carpet, it’s not by force to be a celebrity. Not a good look love.

    • Tosin

      September 12, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      She’s not a celebrity, and you don’t have to wear a bra. 2016.

  7. somto

    September 11, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    David Onyelowo looks more comfortable amongst his Hollywood clique judging by these pictures taken at the wedding party and the queren of katwe. Can’t say I blame him though our energy is too fake.

  8. Mabel

    September 12, 2016 at 3:09 am

    David raided his grandpa’s trunk I see. Everyone is so gorgeous, nothing like a room full of beautiful, happy, and talented black ppl.

    This is such a great moment for Nollywood. The quality of production has increased so much and the writers, directors and actors are just doing wonderful work. Everyone in the industry should be proud.

  9. Anonymouzly

    September 12, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    OOOOOOH the things people would say due to the often anonymous nature of social media. Try and be a “celebrity” and see how it feels. Sometimes, you just want to be normal and yes, your dress/shoe/bra/makeup choice may not be perfect. We’re ALL human! No one is perfect. They all looked gorgeous on the red carpet, on stage, and at the after-party.

    @Somto, you obviously didn’t see David’s opening speech. He was soooooo comfortable. He spoke some yoruba, igbo, pidgin and even talked in his Nigerian accent for a bit. He also danced. When you have bright lights flashing at you and you’re a bit stunned, you may understand.

    Okay, #rantover

  10. Tosin

    September 12, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Nolly is beautiful. Loke loke la ma maa lo. Amin ase!

    + Mo Abudu’s dress (give me, please 🙂 ) + Ibukun’s smile (yes, Lord!) + everybody.

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