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Showmax lines up Ghanaian drama Eno

Ken Attoh and Shirley Frimpong-Manso

African streaming service Showmax is set to premiere its first original Ghanaian drama series, titled Eno.

The 13-part series will debut next month. It tells the story of a single mother who is determined to meddle in her three daughters’ lives by steering them towards the path of rich suitors. However, her girls have minds of their own, and soon a mother’s dream becomes her daughters’ nightmare.

Eno is set in Accra and is directed and produced by award-winning filmmakers Shirley Frimpong-Manso and Ken Attoh under their production company Sparrow Studios.

The cast includes Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice winner Gloria Osei-Sarfo, as the mother, alongside Owusu-Poku, Esi Hammond and Emelia Asiedu who play her three daughters. Also featuring are award-winning actor John Dumelo, Godwin Namboh, Peter Ritchie, Brian Angels, Michael Katahena, Kabutey Ocansey and Kelvin Sarpong.

Frimpong-Manso said she has always been passionate about stories that put women at the centre. “I was immediately drawn to Eno because of its female-driven narrative,” she said.

“In spite of the fact that the main character is described as a woman who is cunning and even greedy, I love her zeal to succeed against all the odds. The fact that she is determined to see her daughters make better choices than she has shows me a mother’s honest attempt to right her past wrongs through the children she so dearly loves, even if she doesn’t get it right every single time.”

Attoh said Eno is fitting as a first Ghanaian original for Showmax and it will be loved by viewers as it is a visually entertaining, drama-filled and relatable African story with Ghanaian nuances. “It highlights some of the pressures we all experienced at one point growing up and even as adults, either from our parents or family members,” he added.

According to Frimpong-Manso, Eno is not an ordinary story. “As the first Showmax original in Ghana, working on Eno is both exciting and challenging, and its success will open doors to so many filmmakers in Ghana. The success of this series will set the stage for much more original Ghanaian-produced content on Showmax. I am convinced this will happen and help accelerate the growth of the Ghanaian film and TV industry,” she said.

Frimpong-Manso and Attoh are behind some of the biggest titles in Ghana, including the popular telenovela Dede, which won a Shirley award for Best Director at the 2021 Ghana Movie Awards; award-winning romantic drama The Perfect Picture and its sequel The Perfect Picture: Ten Years Later; and hit romcom Potato Potahto, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2017.

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LA set to host Nigerian film summit

The next Nigerian International Film Summit (NIFS) is set to take place at the Sierra ballroom in the Marina Del Rey Marriot hotel in Los Angeles on November 3-4.

Ijeoma Onah

The two-day event is themed Local Meets Global Demand and will comprise business discussions, panel sessions, networking receptions and numerous speakers who have expertise in various fields.

The main focus of this summit is to critically examine the problems associated with the film business in Nigeria and how it compares to the distribution of Hollywood movies in Nigeria, as well as the Nollywood appeal for international distribution across territories.

The event will also discuss the possibilities, challenges and opportunities surrounding the business of film in Nigeria for international distributors and film investors and how Nollywood is meeting international standards.

Speakers at the event will include Stephanie Linus, CEO of Next Page Productions; Emem Isong, CEO of the Royal Arts Academy; Ken Attoh, CEO of Sparrow Productions; Marie Longai, founder of Restless Global; and Francis Nebot, founder of iFind Distribution.

Also on the speaker list are Fela Oke, founder of Flu3nt; Kene Okwuosa, MD of Filmhouse Cinemas; Craig Shurn, CEO of Part Two Media; Richard Signieski, CEO of Blue Sky; Moses Babatope, MD of Filmone Distribution; and Adedayo Thomas, exec director at the Nigerian Films & Video Censors Board.

Topics to be discussed include Understanding Nigeria Film Business: Facts and figures; Coproducing and Financing with Nigeria; Production Values: How Far Can Nigerian Films Travel? Opportunities and Limitations; and Understanding Theatrical Distribution and Exhibition Opportunities with Nigeria.

“It’s another time to talk less and do more in using our success stories to position the Nigerian Film Industry at the global film business map, attract Investment into the ecosystem and explore every opportunity for increased revenue for Nigerian Independent producers,” said Ijeoma Onah, founder of NIFS.

“So it’s action time. Let’s move forward, let’s use our collective efforts to showcase the huge potentials of film business in Nigeria.”

NIFS is an industry body designed to enable business-driven conversations on the bourgeoning film industry in Nigeria. It is for all those involved already or interested in the business of film in Nigeria.

Content Nigeria is among NIFS’s media partners.

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