If you thought The Wedding Party had a deep bench of stars, wait till I reveal the star component of the upcoming movie Chief Daddy from EbonyLife Films. CEO Mo Abudu has turned the studio into a prestige film factory, churning the kind of exquisite, tailored cinema guaranteed to be box office hits. Replicating the tried-and-true formula that popularised one of the studio’s successful films, Chief Daddy has been modelled in the image of The Wedding Party.
Niyi Akinmolayan took over again as director, after helming the sequel of TWP, and EbonyLife Films brought in Bode Asiyanbi as writer, who also happens to be a two-time winner of the BBC African Performance Playwright Prize. Produced by Temidayo Abudu and Queen Martins, Chief Daddy tells the story of billionaire industrialist Chief Beecroft, a flamboyant benefactor to a large extended family of relatives, household staff and assorted mistresses.
When Chief Beecroft, the content of his will becomes the next important thing to his family. As a star-studded movie, Chief Daddy has a cast ensemble of Linda Ejiofor, who plays the role of an ‘unofficial’ personal assistant to Chief; Shaffy Bello, who plays the role of the hidden second wife and who is ready to take her rightful place; Ini Edo, who plays the role of a mistress and secret baby mama, who needs to secure her cashflow.
And now, for the great cast reveal (takes deep breaths): Bisola Aiyeola, Funke Akindele, Zainab Balogun, Lepacious Bose, Dakore Egbuson, Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, Mawuli Gavor, Kate Henshaw, Ayo Lijadu, MI, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Beverly Naya, Nedu, Uti Nwachukwu, Taiwo Obileye, Chioma ‘Chigurl’ Omeruah, Rachel Oniga, Beverly Osu, Nkem Owoh, Patience Ozokwor and Joke Silva.
Clearly, Chief Daddy has knocked down Foreigner’s Gods as the most star-studded movie of the year. Although no date of release has been announced, Chief Daddy will be out during the Christmas season.