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EbonyLife Films set to Premiere New Movie “The Royal Hibiscus Hotel” at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival | Watch Teaser



EbonyLife Films has announced a new movie called “The Royal Hibiscus Hotel” which features Zainab Balogun and Kenneth Okolie, directed by Ishaya Bako.

The movie is scheduled to premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival as the only full feature Nigerian film.

The cast includes Zainab Balogun, Kenneth Okolie, Deyemi Okanlawon and O.C. Ukeje, with veteran actors Rachel Oniga, Jide Kosoko, Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva, many of whom are expected to join the director in Toronto for the screening.

Set in Lagos and London, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel tells the story of a passionate Nigerian chef, ‘Ope’, trying to follow her dream of opening a restaurant in London. Frustrated by her lack of progress, she returns to Nigeria and discovers that going home can have unexpected rewards. This is director Ishaya Bako’s second feature, following his debut, The Road to Yesterday.

Watch the teaser below.


  1. Tess

    August 15, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    How is this a synopsis?, you kinda just gave it all away… I think

  2. Ms B

    August 15, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    You haff sha told us everything! Maka why??? Take ya time oh!??

  3. Emeka Ugo

    August 16, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Una don coco tell the full story now which involves the two main lead characters. After watching the thriller I have visualized the movie already and know everything about it. Biko who wrote this synopsis….. Needs to be floged,

  4. Lavanessie

    August 16, 2017 at 1:33 am

    The synopsis writer should be flogged hard!!! This better just go straight to Netflix. Not wasting a cinema ticket on this now.

  5. Symbee

    August 16, 2017 at 6:02 am

    They should really just hope not many people get to read this synopsis. Unless,of course they’re not taking this one to the cinema. How do you expect us to drool over a movie when we already know the end… Smh
    And I love Zainab o,why won’t y’all let her movie be great

  6. bolaji

    August 16, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Mo strikes again. But wait if they have no money, how does she keep making ‘movies?’ Synopsis, trailer, poster must all be replaced.

  7. fafa

    August 16, 2017 at 7:57 am

    The writer of the synopsis is not a professional. Judging by the number of readers BN gets in a day, and the limited marketing of this movie (compared to TWP), this movie won’t make that much in the box office.

  8. Ethio

    August 16, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    No need to see the movie nah, let’s just wait for their lavish wedding in the part 2. lemme come and be going

  9. dd

    August 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    gosh, i hope they are not trying to do a nigerian version of best exotic marigold hotel.

  10. dd

    August 16, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    not marigold hotel>>> but The hundred foot journey movie…naija remix

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