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AFRIFF rounds off Screenings with “76” as the Closing Film | See Photos of Rita Dominic, Ramsey Nouah, Genevieve Nnaji, Kunle Afolayan & More



img_5385In an ambience of fun and great expectation, several delegates and movie enthusiasts stormed Filmhouse-IMAX last Friday for ’76, the closing night film of this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).

The IMAX hall, venue of the screening of ‘76, directed by Izu Ojukwu, was filled to the brim.

The anticipated movie is centered on the first Nigerian Military coup and subsequent assassination of former Head of State, General Murtala Mohammed in 1976. Starring Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic and Chidi Mokeme among others, the abortive coup also witnessed the assassination of key plotters, including its mastermind, BS Dimka.

“76 evoked nostalgia and a sense of familiar history in the minds of the audience, as the movie producers tell a story, using the right props, outfits, currencies, automobiles, household items and soundtracks that depict the aura of yesteryear.

Speaking at the event, Izu Ojukwu said of the props: “We had to search for them for about two years. This project started in 2009. Some of these things were gathered in 2012. By the time we were ready to shoot, the owners had taken them away. So we had to start looking for fresh vintage vehicles and then refurbishing, so it took quite a while.”

The movie, he said, was done to celebrate history. “We realize that we have little respect for history, so we decided to weave a romantic story around an ugly event. If you notice, we decided to play down the assassination and the execution scene. It was a deliberate attempt not to celebrate one of the darkest moments in our history.”

Founder and Executive Director of AFRIFF, Chioma Ude expressed satisfaction at the turn out of events at this year’s festival, which featured movie screenings and topical industry sessions, provoking discourse on a number of issues while also providing networking opportunities for participants drawn from all over Africa.

“There are lots of new elements we have put into what we are doing. There are lots of added interests in what we are doing. So it has been a very exciting journey. Of course, it is very gruelling putting things together in terms of logistics. We see it and nobody else sees it,” Chioma Ude said.

According to her, the core of the festival is training. “People don’t know too much what the benefits of festivals are. So we’ve been spending five years teaching. We’ve left things for free, now we’ve opened them up because now we know the plethora of knowledge that comes into the festival,” she added.

See the photos below.

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Photo Credit: Adeoluadeniyi Photography



  1. vora

    November 20, 2016 at 8:43 am

    I no understand wetin all of una wear o.RMD and ramsey noauh,u guys re not forever young biko dress ur age..genevieve e be like say u rub vaseline on ur face,that ur dress no make sense

  2. Spirit

    November 20, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Rita Dominic’s tent-like dress does her no justice.

  3. Nene

    November 20, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Rita Dominic’s hair is wack and she looks tired. Not feeling genevieves hair too. Ramsey Noah is still clinging on to his hair…poor guy. Where is chidi mokeme? I can’t wait to watch this movie

  4. Choi!

    November 20, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    When PHOTOSHOPPING and FILTERS Ko le werk!!

  5. trey

    November 20, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Congratulations Rita! So happy for the bun the oven! Genevieve looks nice just that face was a tad bit oily. RMD and Ramsey mbanu, trying too hard to look young is so not attractive. We love you just the way u are.

    • Authentic Sunshine

      November 20, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Shebi I talk am abt 3 wks ago. Rita is preggers. Congrats. God’s grace as you journey through this period.

    • keke driver

      November 20, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Amebo Olofofo….”Authentic DOCTOR”

    • Damilola

      November 20, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      Genevieve’s skin looks fine. Healthy skin is a oily skin especially as you get older. All that unnatural baked on makeup is not the best. She looks nice with her hair too. I see you Rita, my girl is pregnant. You will be a great mother.

  6. Risa edn.

    November 20, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Looking forward to


    November 20, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Well done to Izu Ojukwu, his cast and crew. It’s been a long time coming. And from your comments, we still have a long way to go in the industry. Will definitely watch this, I hope to use the movie to close out my year for Nollywood. This and wedding party.

  8. nollywood observer

    November 20, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    I saw the movie on Friday night. so good. Ramsey was exceptional. Adonai…the guy in green was great. will certainly see the movie again…

  9. Yay

    November 20, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    I love that Genevieve went natural. Such healthy hair

  10. Dolly

    November 20, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    -Genevieve looks very plain Jane….like what happen girl??? (hair, boobs, poise, dress all wrong)
    -Rita looks tired in that inflated trash bag, but i ve’ been getting preggers vibe from her lately so if that’s it two thumbs up, still my wce for eva (Cardi b’s voice)
    -RMD & Ramsey umm y’all need to find a common ground btw grown & still trendy
    -Dude in green trad over black got style & can get it….heyyy sexy
    *Covers face*

  11. Moyo

    November 21, 2016 at 8:36 am

    abeg, you people should leave RMD alone, he looks just fine. I don’t understand Ramsey’s dressing though. Genevieve looks like she got dressed in a hurry or a in a dark room, no time to do those touch ups. Anyway, we cant be slaying all the time.

  12. Ifeyinwa Atuanya

    November 21, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Chioma Ude looks good in trousers, any kind.

    I think she should be wearing them more often, and be photographed clearly.

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