With only a few days to the release of Opa Williams’ new comedy film, ‘Three Wise Men’, an indication of a box office success emerged, Sunday night, when the film was premiered in Lagos to a select audience.
Celebrity stars, filmmakers, sponsors and the media stormed the Air Force Event Center on Kofo Abayomi, Victoria Island, with great enthusiasm that was soon to justify their time.
It was a hilarious moment all through, as lead character of the film, Richard Mofe-Damijo, brought laugher-induced tears to the eyes of many with his carriage of Irikefe, a 64-year-old man who chooses the path of a playboy, bringing his two friends; Timi (Zack Orji) and Tobore (Victor Olaotan) into the ‘young at heart’ game.
Directed by Patience Oghre Imobhio, the film is one of the few beneficiaries of the Bank of Industry (BoI)’s loan scheme tagged Nollyfund.
Speaking to journalists on the red carpet, Opa Williams described the movie as a faith-based story that satirises the actions and intents of the elderly trio in their mid/the late 60s as they struggle to re-live their lost youth.
After many years of service in different government parastatals, the three men retire thus they settle in a seabird to enjoy their retirement benefits.
The leader of the gang, Irikefe, a divorcee with three failed marriages after five children, after retirement, refurbishes his flat, buys a laptop, a nice sports car and goes shopping for jeans, T-shirts, sneakers and everything a young man could dream of.
The three men become an item as Irikefe introduces them to his world of fun; from tracking girls on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, joy riding to clubbing, RMD’s portrayal of this ‘sagging’ and tattoo wearing characters makes as much fun thrilling effect of the audience as his act of taking selfies and posting them on his social media platforms.
Other casts of the movie are, Ebere Okaro, Tina Mba, Thelma Nwosu, Uche Nwaefuna, Akunna Nworgu, Stanley Edirin Isokoh
Guests at the event include Founder of Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), Ms Chioma Ude, President of Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Fred Amata, notable filmmaker, Tunde Kelani, veteran entertainer, Patrick Doyle, filmmaker Emeka Ossai, President of African Film Consortium (AFC), Mykel Parish and broadcaster, Agatha Amata.
Others are officials of BoI, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Africa Magic and Nigerian Breweries Plc among other sponsors.