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BN Travel: Ink Eze goes to London Film Festival for the ‘Birth of A Nation’ European Premiere & to Interview Nate Parker!



BellaNaija assistant editor Ink Eze is jetting off to the 60th edition of the BFI London Film Festival for the European premiere of Birth of a Nation.

It’s a very short trip – only for 3 days – but it promises to be exciting.

Why?! We are also sitting with the star of the movie Nate Parker for a 15-minute interview! He also co-wrote and directed the movie.

Have any questions you’d like to ask him? Leave them in the comment section below.

Follow the journey on your favourite social media with #BNforBOAN ! 

Many thanks to @filmoneng & @foxsearchlight!

Makeup & Photo: @MakeupByAshabee


  1. bruno

    October 10, 2016 at 10:00 am

    nate parker? are u people for real? its like u are not following the news about him. bellanaija pls dont dip ur hands into something u cant handle. we ur readers have a very strong stand against rape and rapists. I know u wouldn’t listen. u even created a hashtag #bnforboan that means u support him.

    just because he was found not guilty in the court room that doesnt mean he was innocent. o.j simpson was found not guilty in court but we all know he did it.

    nate parker was having intercourse with an intoxicated woman.she didnt give consent. while he was having sex with this girl, two of his male friends were watching and he asked them to come and join in, one refused while the other accepted. nate and this his friend he asked to join in raping that girl made this movie.

    the girl that was raped killed her self. bellanaija pls distant ur self from such. I know this looks like a golden opportunity but pls pass. another one will come in future. this one is not worth the wahala.

  2. Diane

    October 10, 2016 at 11:16 am

    What does he intend to do from here?
    1. Does he think that the attention the media focused on his case was calculated, since he has been in the industry for more than 10 years and this happened before he became an actor. It did not affect him before, why does he think this is happening now?

    2. From exceptional reviews at Sundance to mixed review before the film opened last weekend, what influenced the change in critics?

    3. Has he set his next job aside and will he continue in Hollywood, despite the hate and backlash?

    4. What was the process of making Birth of A Nation like? What kept him going?

  3. Sisi

    October 10, 2016 at 11:43 am

    I’ll be there too 🙂

    Will be interested to know did he feel a personal conviction to present an alternative mainstream narrative of slavery and if there was any opposition in the industry at the thought of such – does he feel the attention his past case could potentially be evidence of this?


    October 10, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Hmmmm… this is deep! Saw the Gabrielle Union mentions, not sure what to think.

  5. Prince

    October 10, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Bruno my bf, where art thou been (king james version)

  6. Prince

    October 10, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Meanwhile, Ink looks like a doll.

    • Hawtspott

      October 17, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      more like willy willy

  7. tunmi

    October 10, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Um…. Why BN?

  8. Adeola

    October 10, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Nate Parker really?

    Do you guys really think your readers are daft and only read BN. Nate Parker is a rapist and the fact that BellaNaija a website whose core demographic is women is hyping a movie co-written by 2 rapists (not just 2 random rapists but two men than gang raped the same intoxicated woman), produced, directed and starring a rapist, an unapologetic, cold, callous rapist at that is incredibly appalling.
    The woman is DEAD, she committed SUICIDE and the man when asked couldn’t even apologise, this is the person you guys want to support? The same man that rallied the black coommunity in his college to harrass this woman before the trial even started? I hope you know Pennsylvania State University had to pay damages to the woman for allowing that level of harrassment to happen unchecked?
    I hope you know the reason he wasn’t convicted was because on another occassion the woman consented to oral sex with him and that technicality was what exonorated him and his co-writer wasn indeed CONVICTED OF RAPE.

    This is a huge slap in the face of every sexual assault victim that supports the Bella Naija brand.

  9. Dolly

    October 10, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Some y’all sippin’ that Sandra Rose haterade, unfortunately its bad for the soul.

    Get your facts right, Nate and this girl had a consensual oral earlier before the incident. According to acquittal facts, they both had few drinks, she was drunk but was aware and up during sex with Nate. When Nate stepped out his homie took a turn which remains controversial as people believe Nate invited him. Both tried and only his friend was found guilty, but i get it its the court of law the guilty sometimes walk.

    The girl in question went on and got married, later became depressed and 12 years later she killed herself, 12YEARS’. That she killed herself coz of the rape was never established as a fact, so many things happens in a spate of 12 years.

    I strongly advocate against rape but dragging this man to the extent of killing a superb outstanding story of an important figure during the slave era is just unforgiving. This movie even shed light on rape to educate people more on the trauma of rape.
    And damnit why can’t BN interview whoever…… none y’all paying for this content.

    • tunmi

      October 11, 2016 at 1:33 am

      We would rather read the book. He did rape her. She was drunk for this particular act. Another guy had the common sense to decline raping a drunk girl who could not give consent.

    • Adeola

      October 11, 2016 at 4:48 am

      Please., sharrap.
      You’re probably the type that thinks marital rape is a thing of the mind. The only reason she even agreed to oral sex was because he was pressuring her to have sex and she felt bad for leaving him with nothing.
      And uncle, my saying yes to sex with you once doesn’t mean I don’t have the right to say no to you ever again in my life. Get this, I can even say no WHILE we’re having sex – shocker right?

      BTW, there is a documentary and books about Nat Turner and this idiot’s story is not even accurate. That unnecessary rape scene is one of the many factually incorrect things in this movie.

    • Dolly

      October 11, 2016 at 5:40 am

      Choose your words wisely when responding to me, I’m only trying to be a grown up these days but hey I can still sh$t on you all day.
      You must be there when she felt pressured to have his dack in her mouth without biting its head off right?
      Smh dumb broads always jumping on bandwagon, the rape scene don’t have to be factual he included it just to educate people. Talking bout i can still say no while dude is up in your cooch, girl how bout you keep your legs closed.

  10. Jen

    October 11, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Nigerians, Nigerians, Nigerians!! Bella, seriously?? It’s like you just don’t get it!! This movie has flopped already, Nate Parker’s response to the whole rape allegation has been terrible, and really, it’s not by force for Bella to jump. The average Nigerian doesn’t even know who Nat Turner is! Our people are so confused and just jump and support anything! Do your research! Wrong move Bella Naija, wrong move!

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