The premiere of Oloibiri, a movie produced in commemoration of 60 years of commercial oil exploration in Nigeria, witnessed a sizeable convergence of A-list celebrities.
The movie, which premiered on Thursday at the Muson Centre in Onikan, seeks to draw attention to the problems of communities in the Niger Delta with particular attention to Oloibiri.
Featuring Nollywood veterans like Olu Jacobs, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Richard Mofe-Damijo amongst others, the movie tells the story of a militant who lost his life while trying to seek revenge for the harm caused by the activities of oil exploration in Oloibiri.
Alfred Papapreye Diete-Spiff, the king of Twon-Brass and chairman of the Bayelsa state council of traditional rulers, while giving his remarks at the event, said that the movie came at the right time.
“This film premiere is coming at no better time when we are faced with real problems although they are minor oversights and omissions in my opinion.
“Oloibiri is now dry, how long would it take before the others get dry, that’s the fear of the youths in Niger Delta.”
Chris Anyaoku, former secretary- general of the commonwealth was the chairman of the event.
“When I heard of the story of Oloibiri, I was reminded of Nahuru, a mining country who got out–of- court settlement from mining companies because the anger of the people of Oloibiri and that of the larger Niger Delta community is similar to the anger of the people of Nahuru whose anger were justified”, he said.
Other dignitaries that attended the event were Yakubu Gowon, former military head of state of Nigeria, Onyeka Onwenu, Olu Jacobs, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Adesua Etomi, Lanre Balogun, Kiki Omeili amongst others.
The movie will be available in cinemas nationwide on Friday.
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