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Uloma Ezirim: About that Time Funke Akindele Wow’d Londoners! Read this Recap of the ‘Jenifa in London’ Premiere

Uloma Ezirim

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jenifa-in-london-part2-4Since I can remember, I have been an ardent follower of Nollywood movies but none has driven me to put pen on paper like Jenifa in London. I attended my very first Premiere at the Light House in the South East of London.
Albeit the humble but decent venue, the ambience of the place was very warm. The Jenifa brand epitomises simplicity and honesty – at least I can draw that conclusion from her work – and this event was no exception.

Londoners came prepared to enjoy the night and there was this air of friendliness and acceptance about the attendees. I’ve attended quite a few events in the UK, so I’m not sure if it is that Jenifa has her own breed of fans or that the Jenifa brand brings out the realness in people.

The entire package was very open-hearted, people came in their droves, smiles enveloped the entire venue; this woman “Jenifa” is indeed loved!

The only downer to this event was the 3-hour wait period prior to the movie itself. However,  the sponsors of the movie, Amen Estate, got their money’s worth as we continuously watched re-runs of their advert on the big screens. The “Light House” venue is one interesting place, who would’ve thought that vending machines in the UK would have chinchin, plantain chips, groundnut, name it – I am definitely a learner!
Jenifa (Funke Akindele) arrived amidst pomp and pageantry, it was beautiful to behold. Her opening speech once again was as honest as can be. You cannot help but love this woman! Immediately after the short and sweet welcome, the movie started. The crowd roared and sang along to the opening score! I could see the shock in the eyes of the few Caucasians in attendance. Yes I thought, go tell your friends we have arrived! Naija ati takeover (in Jenifa’s voice).

On a serious note, there was a lesson to be learnt from every scene of the movie. This is definitely the niche that Jenifa has created for herself. The movie had something for every age group, not surprised therefore that quite a number of grandma’s and children were in attendance. Even the scenes that could have been risqué, was tastefully shot so that it was very much a PG movie.

I liked the educational under-tone and I think the director did a fantastic job in bringing out the best in the actors. The movie introduced so many new talents and for once the foreigners in the movie did not just look like out of work actors. What makes the movie most exciting is that it captured a lot of the intricacies faced by immigrants. To a good extent the movie showcased the surrounds of the location. The story was realistic and relatable, not contrived at all – so it came as no surprise when I discovered her husband, the director, JJ Skillz, is a Londoner.

This movie had a good flow to it and ended definitely on a high. Obviously there is still room for improvement as her budget grows. Funke Akindele and her team did a fantastic job. I feel like I can attend more premieres after this one!

Uloma is a School Administration Manager. Her mantra in life is Laughter, Love, Relationships = Happiness. Uloma is very passionate about all things Nigerian and this is reflected in her creative expression. Join our community on www.diasporachronicles.com.

18 Comments

  1. Isa Bajo

    November 27, 2016 at 5:28 am

    I always appreciate Funke Akindele st all time. Jenifer is our own product. Made in Nigeria

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  2. Chioma

    November 27, 2016 at 5:49 am

    I was there too, Jenifa is really a case to behold. Nice.

  3. Ada Ezirim

    November 27, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Funke Akindele is one of my favourite actors. . She is unique.

    I just wanted to say that Uloma Ezirim is my sister in law.

    • Habiba ogundare

      November 27, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Yelz o!, I no dey miss her jenifa dairy series

    • Uloma

      November 27, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks Ada, I feel encouraged!

  4. Marlvina

    November 27, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Jenny baby! Kudos ma. You’re a natural. ? I’m getting addicted to you. Lol. The sky is your starting point. More grace…

  5. Holla

    November 27, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Ulomski, very simple and just represents your personality. No stress, always happy! Can’t wait for your next review! AY show is in London in December oh.

    • Uloma

      November 27, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Ta. Dont think I can make the AY show though. Thanks.

  6. PH gal

    November 27, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Lomsie Womsie!! Long time no see. Abeg how can I contact you? Ex-Abusco chic!

    • Uloma

      November 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      Thank you PH babe. I am on face book as above and instagram as Ulomcy. You definitely are my personal person as you added the Womsie extension lol.

  7. LOL

    November 27, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    CLAP FOR URSELF! MEANWHILE, SERIOUS THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN THE WORLD!

  8. Busola I

    November 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Inspirational woman Funke! Well done!

  9. Temi

    November 27, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Indeed ! Great and nothing to ad. Remain Blessed Funke

  10. Abubabe

    November 27, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Ulomski..like mama like daughter. Great wtrite up. Look forward to reading more from you.??

    • Uloma

      November 27, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Men this pelzin knows me from my village as my mama name has entered. Bless your heart Abubabes!

  11. Abi

    November 27, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    I was at the Manchester premiere and it was indeed a wonderful event. Since i moved to Manchester, I haven’t attended any Naija event but this was one I couldn’t miss for anything and I wasn’t disappointed. Apart from the late start, everything else was on point. The hall was full to capacity and you could tell this woman called Funke is loved by her fans. Her fan base is also diverse, grandmas, ayoungies, married men and women….#EverybodyLovesJenifa

  12. tonbreezy

    November 29, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    This review is so apt! Very honest and well written. I can’t wait to see what Uloma writes next.

  13. Sally N

    December 18, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Wow! Amazing write up. Well done

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