Award-winning film producer, Emem Isong Misodi, whose work, ‘Special Jollof’, was recently released in cinemas nationwide, said the movie is different from the other works she has done in the past.
Speaking at the media screening, she said:
“This movie is actually different from what I normally do and because it is a well talked about issue worldwide at the moment, causing a concern for world leaders, I just felt I should speak on it. Let’s abolish the hate and have more love. And because I was in the states for a while, I decided to do something on immigrants, in Houston, especially, where there is a large community of Nigerians. I want to believe I actually achieved my purpose.”
“Special Jollof is just a love story set with immigration as the background. It dwells on problems immigrants face and this preconceived notion that every Immigrant is involved in illegal activities.”
Isong noted that she had a few challenges regarding the right locations to use and white actors she chose.
“One of the major challenges we faced was finding foreign actors, so, I had to hold an audition but thank God, the turnout was really impressive. Another challenge was finding locations and getting people to open up to you. I was new to that terrain, so, it was quite challenging for me,” she said.
She said she chose the name ‘Special Jollof’ because she wanted something that would attract Nigerians.
The movie was shot in America and Nigeria with top actors like Joseph Benjamin, Bukky Wright, Uche Jombo, Chiwetalu Aguu, among others.