Meet The Two African Film Makers Changing The Landscape of Independent Film with Award Winning Political Thriller ‘MONA’
Anthony Abuah and Segilola Ogidan are the film making dream team, who have captured the imaginations of critics and fans from across the world with their new political Thriller ‘MONA’. A film that is breaking down boundaries and changing the landscape of how independent African Cinema is received, this film goes beyond the restrictive labels of Nollywood or even Hollywood. ‘MONA’ is inspired by the actual June 1973 visit of then Portuguese Prime Minister, Dr Marcelo Caetano. The film combines political intrigue with a psychological edge in a multi-layered cinematic experience which is set to excite audiences.
Director, writer and producer Anthony Abuah began his career as an actor in London. Born in Kenya to a Nigerian Father and Rwandese/Ugandan mother, he spent most of his youth living in various countries across Central and West Africa. After starring in some successful plays in theatre, Anthony grew to love story telling through script-writing and set his sights on film. In October 2011, Anthony began production on his debut feature film, Woolwich Boys about a gang of 419 fraudsters in South London which received critical acclaim and was well received by film fans. After showcasing ‘MONA’ around the world Abuah is ready for the UK to experience this Pan-African political thriller “I’m glad we’re finally able to release this film to a UK audience.”
For ‘Mona’, Abuah has partnered with creative visionary, British Nigerian founder of OKP Productions, Segilola Ogidan. With a wealth of knowledge in script development, production and film finance, Segilola adds a clear cut determination to any project she works on. In 2014 she successfully completed her first feature film ‘MUM, DAD, MEET SAM’, which she wrote and produced herself. Working on ‘MONA’ has been a labour of love for Ogidan who wants to use this film to showcase how diverse and creative African filmmakers can be.
“I’m so excited to finally get this film seen at ‘home’ in the UK essentially. We’ve had such success and appreciation internationally which has been absolutely fantastic and overwhelming but there’s nothing more satisfying than when you’re welcome home. I believe audiences are in for a treat with Mona. Anthony really has exceeded my expectations not just with the storytelling but also visually and I cannot wait to share!” – Segilola Ogidan.
By joining forces Abuah and Ogidan have developed a film which encapsulates the power of creative partnerships and visionary perspectives on an international scale.