Mo Abudu, Idris Elba take Dust to Dreams

By Content Nigeria reporter
March 21, 2024

Mo Abudu heads production studio EbonyLife

British actor and producer Idris Elba is gearing up to produce a short film titled Dust to Dreams from Mo Abudu’s Nigerian production studio EbonyLife.

The movie is a joint effort between Lagos-based EbonyLife Films and the Cairo-based African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) via its Creative Africa Nexus (Canex).

Dust to Dreams is brought to life by Abudu as creator and producer, with the screenplay and direction helmed by Elba. Heidi Uys, head of programming at Ebonylife Media, will take on the role of supervising producer, while additional producers include Temidayo Makanjuola, Inem King and Vanessa Demme.

Elba is known for his acting roles in international hits like HBO’s The Wire and Luther from the BBC, as well as for playing Nelson Mandela in the 2013 movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Dust to Dreams is set against the vibrant tapestry of Lagos, Nigeria and tells the story of a mother and her teenage daughter as they meet the girl’s father for the first time. The cast includes Nse Ikpe-Etim, Eku Edewor, Atlanta Bridget Johnson and former Nigerian Idol contestant Constance Olatunde.

Abudu said: “I’m beyond thrilled to announce a groundbreaking collaboration close to my heart. Teaming up with Afreximbank, EbonyLife Films proudly presents Dust to Dreams – a mesmerising short film, adapted by the brilliant Idris Elba, and set to be directed by none other than the incomparable Idris himself.

“Select members of the Create Africa team, curated by me, will also play a role in the project, including Audu Maikori’s Chocolate City, and renowned fashion designer Lanre Da Silva.”