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Watch the Official Trailer of the Royal Hibiscus Hotel starring Zainab Balogun, O.C. Ukeje, Kenneth Okolie- Out in the Cinemas this February



Heartwarming romantic comedy from EbonyLife Films opens in cinemas in time for Valentine’s day celebrations. During a record-breaking Nollywood box-office reign as one of the producers of The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai, EbonyLife Films announces the cinema debut of its new movie, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel (RHH), on Friday, February 9th, 2018. Set in Lagos and London, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel tells the story of a passionate Nigerian chef, ‘Ope’, following her dream of opening an African restaurant in London. Frustrated by her lack of progress, she returns to Nigeria and discovers that going home can bring pleasant surprises.

Successfully screened at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), RHH was identified as a ‘Hidden Gem’ by the panel, and was the only Nigerian movie and one of just three African titles featured at the festival. The cast includes Zainab Balogun, Kenneth Okolie, Deyemi Okanlawon, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju and O.C. Ukeje, with veteran actors Rachel Oniga, Jide Kosoko, Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva. It was directed by Ishaya Bako.

Royal Hibiscus

Mo Abudu, Executive Producer, is thrilled about RHH being shown to audiences in Nigeria. “The Royal Hibiscus Hotel has been a special project – it is a beautiful story of love, sprinkled with delightful comedic moments. We hope it resonates with the young and young-at-heart and reminds them of what it’s like to fall in love. We are proud of this film and anticipate it being enjoyed in cinemas across the country,” she said.

An additional source of enjoyment for moviegoers will be the RHH soundtrack. It features a score by award-winning musician Cobhams Asuquo and songs by leading Nigerian artistes, including Romeo and Juliet by Johnny Drille, Chemistry by Falz and Simi, Skintight by Mr. Eazi and Tonight, Ocean and Radio by Nonso Amadi.

This Valentine’s season is gearing up to be a memorable one, thanks to the imminent release of The Royal Hibiscus Hotel in movie theatres. Its feel-good plot and touching scenes are set to melt hearts and inspire audiences to chase their dreams and never give up on love.

The Royal Hibiscus Hotel will be released in cinemas on Friday, February 9th 2018, following an exclusive premiere in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday, February 4th, 2018.

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  1. tunmi

    January 1, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    It looks good. And I am always here for using Nigerian songs in movie soundtracks and showing romance among older folks

    Now, the issue. How can those people outside Nigeria legally purchase these films

    • Temi

      January 1, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      You buy a cinema ticket

    • Tincan

      January 1, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      Hopefully it’ll make its way to Netflix. @ Temi, outside Nigeria?

    • Temi

      January 2, 2018 at 10:39 pm

      @tincan sarcasm lol! If it is as great as the press release says, they will have global cinema release ?

  2. Cozygal

    January 1, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    This one, I will watch.

  3. Wolexis

    January 1, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Looks good! This should be interesting and should make up for Wedding party 2 which was a complete flop! To many unnecessary casts and scenes.

    Can I get a witness

    • Ruth

      January 2, 2018 at 12:13 am

      Yessssss!! Both movies (TWP1 and TWP2) in my opinion were a complete waste of time and money. The plots were exaggerated, hella cameos, cringe-worthy acting and way too many unnecessary scenes. Definitely not worth all the hype surrounding both films.

  4. el

    January 2, 2018 at 12:50 am

    @ruth this is just me wondering oo.if u watched twp1 after all d hype nd still felt it wasn’t worth it,yyy den did u payyyyyy to watch twp2 even if it was extremely hyped??

    • Ruth

      January 4, 2018 at 7:27 am

      Ummm I haven’t watched TWP2 and I watched TWP1 on Netflix (which I gave a ??). My thoughts on the second installment were from watching the trailers, sneek peaks and honest reviews of film critics like Delphine.

  5. Mamamia

    January 2, 2018 at 6:52 am

    They could have given it time, let wedding party 1 be a classic then introduce a wedding party 2 after a while. I learnt the movie wasn’t great. Not seen it yet and don’t plan to but will most def see this one…Date saved!

  6. woleade

    January 2, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    nice one

  7. Bolaji

    January 2, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Seeing as we are on the ‘they should have…..’ tip….

    they should have chosen a different name. Makes this sound like a rip off of Royal Marigold Hotel. But then this is from the stable of her Royal rip off!

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