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Winning! Faraday Okoro’s Proposed Movie “Nigerian Prince” secures $1million AT&T Grant at the Tribeca Film Festival

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Faraday Okoro

Faraday Okoro

New York City based Nigerian-American Filmmaker, Faraday Okoro has won a grant of $1million from AT&T at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in New York for his proposed movie, “Nigerian Prince“. The movie which centers around Nigerian scammers was written and directed by Faraday Okoro and produced by another Nigerian, Biyi Bandele and Oscar Hernandez-Topete. The movie was announced the winner after a hard-fought pitching session tagged “AT&T Presents: Untold Stories” which involved four other very talented filmmakers. The session was the first edition of the AT&T and Tribeca new film initiative.

Biyi Bandele

Biyi Bandele

The winning movie script swayed a Greenlight committee led by Fiona Carter, AT&T Chief Brand Officer, after listening to a pitch on its story idea, budget and film script. Also listed in the committee were Hollywood actors Jeffrey Wright and Anthony Mackie, Josh Deutsch (Chairman and CEO, Downtown Records), Lee Daniels (Film Producer), Len Amato (President, HBO Films) and Frida Torresblanco (Film Producer).

AT&T will provide funding of up to $1 million for Faraday Okoro and Biyi Bandele to create his film, and Tribeca will provide mentorship from seasoned industry professionals. In addition, AT&T plans to distribute the winning film across several of its video platforms, including DIRECTV NOW, AT&T’s streaming over-the-top service. Apart from the funding, the movie is also guaranteed a slot at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

Congratulations to them!

6 Comments

  1. Miss Jazz

    April 22, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Fantastic!????

  2. Will Warri IQ

    April 22, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Just Imagine! Of all stories to portray, it is the one that will promote the dubious nature of some Nigerians as scammers apparently that gets the grant. Una well done oh! Oyibo #Wehdonesir

    • bigga

      April 24, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      personally I love the idea of this movie, sick and tired of the same old story plots in Nollywood. The whole world knows about Naija scammers and corrupt politicians, its the worst kept secret

  3. xplorenollywood.com

    April 22, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Congratulations!

  4. Dekpat

    April 23, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    These so-called Nigerian producers should really be ashamed of themselves for having nothing good to portray to the whole world about their fatherland except this very damaging characterisation, And this at a time when people back home are trying to redeem the image of the country. A popular Nigerian proverbs says only bastards used their left hand to identify their father’s house.
    This is also at a time when other Nigerians abroad are trying to let the world know that only few Nigerians are into the so-called ‘scams. For aa single person sitting at a pc can send thousands of scam emails in a matter of hours making it appear all Nigerians are into this nefarious enterprise.

    • Mr. Chris

      April 27, 2017 at 12:25 am

      The comments above by Dekpat are misguided. There is another Igbo proverb that says that the only way to cure a boil on the scrotum is to face the shame once and for all and drain the abscess properly.
      No right-thinking person believes that all Nigerians are scammers. Indeed, Nigerians have made a major dent on the world stage as one of the most educated, enterprising and hand-working people in the world. They are prominent in every field of endeavor from science and medicine to arts and industry.
      What these two scholarly Nigerians did was to exalt the image of Nigeria in yet another industry – the area of firm. Their scholarly work competed against more than 600 firm makers around the world and they won. It is commendable and encouragers other younger Nigerian artists to be creative and strive to be the best at their craft. The venture will in turn, create jobs in the private sector for other Nigerians who would ordinarily turn to nefarious enterprises to survive. It is very important to congratulate and cheer them on.
      The suggestion that the “so-called Nigerian producers” are portraying email scamming to the whole world is rather unfortunate. Undeniably, the portraying has been done already. And it was not done by the “so-called Nigerian producers” as he has labeled them. It was done by the clever email scammers who have successfully scammed people all over the world and have made the concept notorious. These creative fraudsters have managed to create illicit employment or preoccupation in a society where more than 50% of its youth are unemployed and everybody from the president to the night soil man have embraced a culture of corruption. And who said people back home are trying to redeem the image of the country? Actually, the people I know back home are trying to survive in an environment where politics has become the most viable industry and no real unfettered employments exist. It is every man for himself.

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