Onye Ozi, is a first-of-its-kind Nigerian language film; set in London, performed exclusively in the Igbo language (by Nigerian and British actors) and subtitled in English. The film introduces screen newcomer, model turned actress, our very own fashion editor Ngozi Thompson Igwebike in a leading role, with other fresh faces such as British lawyer turned actor Stephen Moriaty filling other roles in a film that is considered a surprising follow up to Emelonye’s hugely successful 2012 blockbuster, Last Flight to Abuja. The movie also features Nigeria’s comedy master Okey Bakassi .
Despite Onye Ozi having a micro budget, Emelonye describes it as an important film that makes his mother tongue ‘Igbo’ the star attraction. In his own words ‘Onye Ozi is my humble attempt to contribute my little quota to the preservation of the Igbo language and to take Nollywood back to its roots’.
Onye Ozi tells the story of Metumaribe (Okey Bakassi) fresh into London with high expectations and a two-year plan to return to Nigeria a rich man. However, life in London with his new ‘wife’ Mkpurunma (Ngozi Thompson Igwebike) is not going to plan.
On one fateful night, TJ an old English man (Stephen Moriaty) is chased by masked men and shot in front of his eyes. As Metu attempts to help the dying man, he hands Metu an envelope and whispers a message as he takes his last breath. From that point on, Metu becomes involved in a psychological but hilarious adventure that will change his life and the lives of those around him forever.
Onye Ozi, written, produced & directed by Obi Emelonye is now one of the most anticipated Nollywood movies of 2013. The visionary marketing team behind previous Nollywood Factory premieres is also again set to take Nollywood to the next level with a FIRST ever simultaneous World Premier and Global Online Release, giving fans of Nollywood all over the world a chance to enjoy the film at the same time.
It is anticipated that the unique online premiere of Onye Ozi will further elevate Nollywood cinema globally with a Nigerian premiere and cinema release scheduled to take place sometime in the coming months.
Onye Ozi is produced by emerging UK based film producer Emmanuella Ngozi Ideh alongside Obi Emelonye on behalf of The Nollywood Factory with the support of Nollywood Movies, M-Net Africa and Screen Nation Pictures.