by Ifreke Inyang
Chuks Ajoku, who owns the US-based Nollywood America is set to release ‘Unwanted Guest’ this month. The movie which is set to be shown at various cinemas and theatres in Nigeria is a collaboration between Chuks and Daniel Ademinokan, who wrote and directed the film.
The movie was shot in New York and features Nigerian born Chet Anekwe . Daniel Ademinokan stated confidently after the special screening that it was very different from the regular Nollywood story. In the same breath, he applauded the heights the local movie industry was attaining. He noted that Nollywood has expanded beyond Nigeria and the influx of movies shot outside the country with Nigerians acting the capacity of producers, directors, actors, DOPs, etc is enough proof.
According to Chuks Ajoku, “The movie is based on a true story of a guy who got caught in a love triangle. He had his wife in Nigeria who was waiting to join him in the United States, at the same time keeping another relationship with another American girl. The relationship with the American lady has been on for a period of about three to four years. Fortunately for his wife and unfortunately for him, the wife won a Green Card Lottery and she decided to pay him a surprise visit on his birthday. Meanwhile the American, who is practically staying with him in his New York apartment was planning a big birthday for him on the same day and was going to use that opportunity to announce to him that she was carrying his baby. Few hours to the gig, the guy got a call which shows New York number. He picked it only to realize that his wife was the caller waiting for him to come and pick her at the JFK Airport.”
Unwanted Guest features just two major known actors as lead – Chet Anekwe, who was in the hit movie Phat Girl, and Sophy Aiidi. The other cast members are fresh faces. Katung Aduwak, who is now with Chocolate City was the Director of Photography. Ademiokan said their decision to settle for fresh faces during auditions was deliberate as New York City was brimming with talented actors and actresses.
“During our New York auditions, there are more than 200 actors who were good. People came from Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia. People came from as far as Atlanta to audition for this job and it was just phenomenal how it turned out. The only people I specifically called to come were Chet; the lead character (who was also in Phat Girls with Monique) and I had seen him in a couple of movies in America. I also called Vivian; the Ghanaian actress. Every other person in that movie; from the white people to the extras were picked from the audition,” Ademiokan said.
Theatrical run for the movie will begin on 30 September across the country.
Watch the trailer of the movie below