Nadine Ibrahim‘s short film “Tolu” starring Wale Ojo and Somkele Idhalama was screened privately at SouthSocial house Victoria Island to a small audience in Lagos, Nigeria over the weekend.
The reception was beautiful as viewers appreciated all the work put into it and in attendance were Michelle Dede, Eku Edewor, Kenneth Gyang, Ufuoma McDermott, Judith Audu and many others. The premiere was accompanied by an Art exhibition by Kweyve.
Tolu tells the story of a young girl that lives with her family in a fishing community on the water in Lagos, Nigeria.
In order to prove herself valuable to the community and break the gender stereotype she embarks on a journey by herself into the sea to try and catch as many fish as possible. On her journey she meets a wise old man that shows her a side to reality she has never seen before.
Speaking on the movie, the director said:
Tolu was a film filled with so many experiences. It is my most challenging film to date but I loved working with everyone on the team. Halimat our star actress is one of the best child actor’s I’ve seen and I truly can’t wait to see what the future has in store for her.
Using special effects has always been a dream of mine so with Tolu I pushed as far as I could go with the fantasy genre and I believed it worked quite well. My Inspiration for this project was Life of Pi. Afer watching Ang Lee’s Film I got fascinated with cinematic visuals and CGI, I knew it would spark an idea for me with my next film.
I hope everyone that gets a chance to watch it falls in love with the story just as much as I loved writing it.
Watch the short below: