Nigerian based fans and lovers of Nollywood actor, Chigozie Atuanya, are all geared up for the home premiere of his movie, Chetanna. Atuanya who is a celebrated son of Igbo-land in partnership with Stella Oduah Foundation will be premiering his first flick, a big budget blockbuster titled Chetanna in Awka, Anambra State. The Premiere will take place on Friday, December 18, 2015 at Marble Arch Hotel, by 4.pm. This will be the first movie premiere in Awka and all Nollywood A-listers will be in attendance. The movie which was directed by Ikechukwu Onyeka and features Queen Nwokoye, Ebube Nwagbo, Ebere Okaro, Obi Madubuogwu and Chigozie Atuanya, is the first of its kind in Nollywood; promoting the Igbo culture and tradition at its best. In a Telephone chat with Nigeriafilms.com, the movie producer, Chigozie Atuanya shed more lights on the major reason they are taking the movie down to the East for its first Premiere. ‘’ Well, as you know Chetanna is a contemporary Igbo movie, so we decided to bring it down to our people in Awka, Anambra State, so they can be the first to watch the full film. Besides, it is like making history, nothing of such has ever happened in that State, so we want to cease the opportunity to bring more fun and excitement to our people at home. I’m a true son of the soil and always have my people at heart. At the moment all hands are on deck to see that the movie premiere is a grand success. It’s not easy doing a big budget movie and as well premiering it home and abroad. Other movie lovers in different states close-to Anambra should come and have a feel of their own,” the Thespian told Nigeriafilms.com. The proud father of one also revealed plans to premiere the movie in other parts of the country in 2016. ‘’ Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcourt, Aba and other major cities in Nigeria should get ready for us because Chetanna crew would be coming their way quite soon,’ he added. Chetanna had successfully premiered in Virginia and Houston, America which makes it the first Igbo film to be premiered in US. It has as well won two prestigious awards; Council of Igbo States in America Awards (CISA) and GIMA respectively as the best indigenous film in 2014. Some actresses in the movie, Queen Nwokoye and Ebere Okaro, won the Best female actress and best supporting female actress at ZAFFA 2015. Adding to that Chetanna broke new grounds with her nomination in AMAA awards in two categories, the panel of Jurists are Foreigners in America, out of over eight hundred movies sent in for the nomination only three movies were nominated from Nigeria and Chetanna is one of three with nomination in two categories. Chetanna also has 6 nominations in the forthcoming Best Of Nollywood (BON) awards.
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