Nigerian-British author Anietie Isong is about to have his novel Radio Sunrise adapted into a film.
Radio Sunrise is a satirical story centring on a Nigerian journalist living and working in Lagos at a government-owned radio station, Radio Sunrise.
The novel explores the many realities of being Nigerian and living in Nigeria, touching on themes such as corruption, militancy, bribery, oppression, bad governance, infidelity and a value system that worships money more than anything else.
It further paints a satirical portrait of post-colonial Nigeria that builds on the legacy of the great African satirist tradition of Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Ayi Kwei Armah.
The film will be produced by Nigerian filmmaker Emem Isong and directed by Uduak Isong via Lagos-based Closer Pictures. It will star Pere Egbi, Akin Lewis, Maurice Sam, Bimbo Ademoye and Mr Macaroni.
“Happy to announce that we’ll be adapting Anietie Isong’s Radio Sunrise into film. A coproduction between Royal Arts Academy and Closer Pictures. The book is adapted for the screen by Yinka Ogun, Kehinde Joseph and Uduak,” announced Uduak Isong on Instagram.
The 16th edition of the Future Awards Africa took place recently in Lagos, Nigeria, recognising African talent driving change across the continent.
The winners included Nollywood actor Bimbo Ademoye and film director Kayode Kasum. Ademoye won the Future Awards Africa prize for acting while Kasum took home the Future Awards Africa prize for film.
“Thank you to everyone who has seen my work and has supported me on my storytelling journey. You made this happen for me. God bless you,” said Kasum on Instagram.
“Thank you so much the Future Awards Africa. I’m so honoured. Thank you to all my cyber family. There’s no me without you,” said Ademoye.
Ademoye has acted in movies such as Dear Affy, Breaded Life, Nneka the Pretty Serpent and My Wife & I, while Kasum has directed Nollywood films and TV series including Soole, Sugar Rush, This Lady Called Life, Kambili, Dwindle and Castle & Castle S2, among others.
This year’s edition of the Future Awards Africa was hosted by TV personality Nancy Isime and celebrated young people who are challenging the status quo in their respective spheres of influence.