The official screening of a new Yoruba film, ‘Emi mi, Emi re', will hold on Sunday, September 12, at Banquet Hall, Premier Hotel, Ibadan, Oyo State by 3pm. The movie is the latest by broadcaster, filmmaker, and academic, Ademola Aremu, a.k.a Papa Demmy.
Though it screens officially on September 12, with a red carpet and special musical performances by Yinka Ayefele and Beautiful Nubia, the movie will be on at Cultural Centre, Mokola, Ibadan, from September 9 to 12 to celebrate Eid el Fitri.
A collaborative effort between May 8 Productions and Olugate Movies, ‘Emi mi, Emi re' features seasoned artists including Kola Oyewo, Tola Oladokun, Rycardo Agbor, Funso Adeolu, Laide Bakare, and Mercy Aigbe. Taiwo Ibikunle, Wale Rufai, and Kayode Jackson Adeyeye are also featured in the movie developed from a yet-to-be-published novelette written by broadcaster, Tola Teriba.
The movie is a three-in-one story which contrasts love with crime. There are the lovebirds, Dele and Jumoke, who promise to be together forever, despite the opposition of Jumoke's father. There is Tunde, whose rich uncle refuses to help, and who eventually gets a job in a bank, and Akeem, an indigent undergraduate in love with fellow student, Romoke.
Jumoke and her dad quarrel over Dele one night and she leaves the house to join Dele in Lagos. She, however, meets him and others performing a ritual. Despite Dele's pleas, the others insist that Jumoke must die for stumbling in on them.
Aremu, the film producer, is a Theatre Arts graduate of the University of Ibadan. He co-produced ‘Ewe Oju Omi' based on Femi Osofisan's ‘A Restless Run of Locusts' with Laide Bakare, and ‘Bojuboju' starring Beautiful Nubia. His ‘Fuji Music: A Child's Play Metamorphosed into a Gold Mine' won the Best Documentary Feature Award at the 2nd edition of African Film Academy and Awards (ZAFAA) held in London, in October, 2009.