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Sunday, December 13, 2020

Actor OC Ukeje Stars In Emelonye's New Film 'Black Mail'


Basking in the euphoria of a string of accomplishments in the international movie scene, filmmaker Obi Emelonye, who recently got inducted into Directors UK, an exclusive league of film, TV, and stage directors in the United Kingdom, has completed work on Black Mail, his latest film. 







Shot in the UK, renowned actor, OC Ukeje, who is now based in Canada, played the leading role, supported by other great acts from Russia, China, United Kingdom and West Indies.

Speaking about the new film, his first since he was admitted into the prestigious Directors UK, Emelonye stressed that the dominance of white characters in his new work is not a way of justifying his membership of the exclusive directors’ league in UK. 


He says: “Describing the film as almost an all-white cast is not something I want to do with a sense of pride. What I will say is that I owe it to my people to tell their stories, from an African point of view as an African. Although my leading character in the film is black, it portrays the way we live when we are surrounded by people who are not Africans. 


The film has Russians, Britons, Chinese and people from West Indies, supporting the lead actor, O C Ukeje. Every filmmaker tells a story from his substratum, according to his influences. People are better positioned to tell impactful stories emanating from where they are located. I have been living in Europe for over 25 years and over time, I have imbibed a bit of the European spirit, but that has not diluted my African-ness; it however has enriched who I am as an African, and that is reflected in my works. If I tell a story of an African in Europe, I will do so in a manner it will be palatable to audiences around the world.


 So it is natural that my stories will always be coloured by my transnational experiences outside of Nigeria. I think it enriches; we cannot always tell stories about people in the forests with clothes around their chests. We have to tell stories that are aspirational, stories that connect us to the world especially now that the world is a global village. I have 4 films on Netflix and people are watching from Russia, Slovenia, China and other locations. What we have is the African connection with a global attitude…African characters in a cosmopolitan world.”


Black Mail, laced with suspense and action, tells the story of how a single email, received by a black man, triggered a chain of unprecedented events in his white-dominated neighbourhood.

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    1. Keep making us proud Mr Obi. Nice one Ukeje.

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  2. WOW! CONGRATULATIONS TO OBI. I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO HIS MOVIES AS MUCH AS I LOVE OC'S ACTING.
    I LOVE HOW HE HASN'T LOST HIS AFRICANNESS HAVING LIVED OUTSIDE ITS SHORES FOR A LONG PERIOD.
    I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS AND I HOPE IT DOESN'T DISAPPOINT.

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    1. Oxford Garden comes to mind, I said Oc has been missing now I know better. His love scene in that movie with Beverly Naya,mind blowing... Rape actually

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  3. Way to go OC ☺️☺️☺️

    Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉

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  4. Congrats OC! I was worried as I haven't seen him in movies for sometime

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  5. It looks like it will be a great movie. OC is a good actor. Obi is good

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  6. So OC Don japa!Congratulations ooo

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  7. OC Ukeje has one of 5th the best voices I have ever heard. The first day I heard him sing, goosebumps came rushing down my spine. He is equally an amazing actor. Can't wait to see the movie 😘😘

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  8. I love his acting he is good.

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  9. Oc ukeje acting skills is good

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  10. Obi Emelonye is a great filmmaker. One of the best out of Africa. Always breaking new grounds.I have been waiting for his film on IBB, when will he release it? Or let him shoot a film on Buhari. Let us know how Jubril came into the equation.

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  11. Any movie featuring OC is a yess for me!

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