Hollywood & Nollywood? TOBI in Nigerian cinemas on April 13

by Daniel Essien

On April 13, Tobi, a movie produced by Nigerians based in the US will premiere. According to a review, the film is “Not the kind of story that would instantly fire up the bolts of momentary anticipation but the dramatic twists, suspense and sterling interpretation of roles by some of the cast scores high on the pages of a dramatic epic. Ironically, in place of the main story, the theme of blood bonding between brothers and the cards of sacrifice and selflessness touch a more sensitive cord.”

Tobi stars Mark Williams, Chet Bashari Anekwe, Chisom Oz-Lee, Jimmy Allen, amongst others. It was produced by Emmanuel Ijeh and directed by Bethels Agomuoh.

The drama in Tobi explores the consequences of what happens when 21-year-old Tobi (Mark Williams) bows to the dark side of gang pressure. In a flash, a seemingly morally upright young man gets caught in a web of violence, guns, bloodshed, drugs, parental expectations and conflicting voices in his head. Interestingly, the bond of brotherhood also stretches the thematic window of choices and sacrifice. The director, Bethels Agomuoh further bridges the gap between the Nollywood and Hollywood by shooting a Nigerian picture in the United States with a healthy blend of American and Nigerian cast.

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