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All the Photos from Opening Gala of the 6th Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) with Rita Dominic, Chike Okonkwo, OC Ukeje, Lai Mohammed & More



afriff-africa-international-film-festival-opening-gala-november-2016-bellanaija0038The 6th Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opened Sunday night at the newly commissioned Filmhouse-IMAX theatres in Lekki, Lagos.

Filmmakers, guests, the media as well as dignitaries from all walks of life turned out for the festival’s opening presentation, the acclaimed Hollywood film, Birth of a Nation, written, directed by and starring Nate Parker, himself a previous AFRIFF participant.

The screening was preceded by a red carpet and open night party. AFRIFF ambassador Rita Dominic, Kate Henshaw, Richard Mofe-Damijo, OC Ukeje, Hilda Dokubo and Mary Remy Njoku were some of the stars spotted in their glam on the red carpet. Business/media executives Jason Njoku, Obi Asika and Adebola Williams also partied in the mix.

Showtime began with a welcome message from AFRIFF patron Herbert Wigwe. The Access Bank CEO pledged a continuous support for the film industry through the bank’s different interventions in the creative sector. He noted the importance of preserving Africa’s legacies via film and urged everyone to get involved in their own different ways.

Actress Lala Akindoju who served as the MC for the evening introduced the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who gave a crisp address, reiterating government’s interest and support for Nollywood. Mohammed noted that as the nation weans itself off its dependence on oil, it has to look inwards for industries that have the potential of putting Nigeria on the business map, and the entertainment industry has been identified as such. He assured that government would do all in its power to make the business environment friendlier for the practitioners.

CEO of Filmhouse Cinemas/Film One Distribution, Kene Mkparu, introduced the opening film, Birth of a Nation, as an African story which every African should see because of its timeliness and relevance. He gave a brief account of Birth of a Nation’s journey from Las Vegas to Lagos and introduced Chike Okonkwo, a Nigerian actor who had an onscreen role in the film. Chike Okonkwo gave a brief welcome message from director, Nate Parker, who expressed his excitement and gratitude for all the support the film has received so far from Africa.

See the photos below.

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AFRIFF is a week-long programme that runs from November 13 to 19, showcasing about 155 world-standard feature, short and documentary films. Its schedule also encompasses talent development classes, industry workshops and creative discussions.


BellaNaija is a Media Partner for AFRIFF


  1. Maestro

    November 14, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    I definitely agree with Keen mkparu. Birth of a Nation is a movie every African needs to see. Its chilling to the bone.

  2. Tracey

    November 14, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Rita dominic looking good in her blue suite. What is OC ukeje wearing???? lol. Uru eke looking pretty. Good seeing Saint obi

  3. Ruby

    November 14, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    I am just here wondering why OC Ukeje is not wearing his wedding ring.

    • SEEN ALL

      November 14, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Yes hun, that’s because you like tea unfortunately, sugar is dam expensive and I don’t drink tea without sugar.

    • good girl

      November 14, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      why not wonder why you can’t seem to mind your business

    • abby

      November 15, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Ruby you, u wont mind ur own business abi?

  4. BA

    November 14, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Lol, ladies can we retire this one leg/foot up pose?

  5. RI

    November 14, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    I will attend this next year. I am very hopeful! It has been a dream since……. to attend AFRIFF

  6. Vampires

    November 14, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    I’m just here for RMD and Kate Henshaw. Aging so gracefully or not ageing at all? ????

  7. nene

    November 14, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    what is RMD wearing? smh

  8. Dorame

    November 14, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    RMD! Where is your wife? Never ever takes her anywhere. Be doing fine boi upandan

  9. Dolly

    November 14, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    RMD is starting to do the most, smh, check it before the dopamine fades
    Saint Obi….omg like dude was my hero then, the only macho hunk that made *supposed* naija action movie watchable. He was so hot then
    Rita D looks like she really could give a fudge who Chike is lmao

  10. Moyo

    November 15, 2016 at 8:21 am

    RMD is wearing one of his House of Tsenugo designs, he was coming from the set of Hush and forgot to change into his normal clothes. Lol

  11. tamarab

    November 15, 2016 at 8:34 am

    just chilling with my cup of tea and be starring at RMD, he is like the sexiest man alive

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