Synopsis: “A powerful Army General attempts to guide Nigeria through a viciously strained era in this first of its kind authorised biopic. Born in a small village in northerrn Nigeria called Wushishi, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida or IBB as he is fondly called, loses both of his parents by the age of 14. It is his charm and intelligence that would propel him from that inauspicious beginning to the pinnacle of military politics in Africa's most populous country. But to fulfil his destiny, Babangida has to survive a brutal civil war, spearhead several successful military coups, escape a few ferocious plots on his own life and confront his deepest fears. But when fate pitches the General against the will of 150 million tough Nigerians, something has to give. Babangida has won several battles to rule Nigeria for 8 years. However, with the country about to implode, he may have to lose the fight to bring her back from the brink.” - Obi Emelonye
Behind The Scenes
Obi Emelonye is an award winning film director, known for directing films such as Last Flight to Abuja, The Mirror Boy and Onye Ozi. He has also become a dear friend.
His latest film “Badamasi: Portrait of a General” is a monster of a film and a hot and controversial topic in Nigeria. After Obi and I were introduced by Jeta Amata, I received the script for Badamasi and I couldn’t stop turning the pages. Every piece of dialogue and each character brought you deeper into the mindset of what this incredible story was about and what this film could ultimately become. After reading the script a second time, many hours were invested into researching deeper into the complex life of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. Circumstances of his birth, upbringing, and rise to power are all addressed in this film. I could immediately tell, after the initial screening of Badamasi, that Obi was creating a narrative that was poised to be neutral and honest. A biopic that simply tells the story of a complex man named Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. I can tell you that the cast is exceptional. Enyinna Nwigwe’s portrayal as Badamasi is outstanding, along with the other cast members. I’m honored that we’ve had the opportunity to create our first film together with this amazing story. Composing the score to Badamasi was intense but worth every moment. Obi’s creativity, vision, and dedication to provide an intriguing narrative will definitely be found in “Badamasi.” You won’t want to miss this…
Taking The Risk
After three years of painstaking work on 'Badamasi: Portrait of a General', an authorized biopic on former military President of Nigeria, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd.), the producer of the film, Nollywood star Obi Emelonye, has been warned against releasing it. During an interview on Arise TV network ahead of Nigeria's 59th Independence anniversary, the filmmaker...
Award-winning director and producer, Obi Emelonye has released the first official trailer for his film which takes a look into the life of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. The film is set to detail the history of Badamasi's rule as President of Nigeria begins on August 27, 1985, after he engaged in a coup which overthrew Major [...]
General News and Press
A blockbuster movie on the life of former Nigerian military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (retd) would soon hit the big screen. The movie, 'Badamasi: Portrait of a General' is written, directed and produced by one of Nigeria`s legendary film makers, Obi Emelonye. Speaking at a press conference in Lagos to announce the film, Emelonye who ...
Obi Emelonye's upcoming film, Badamasi (Portrait of a General), will hit cinemas soon, according to Nolly Silver Screen. A release date hasn't been announced yet, but an Instagram post from Nolly Silver Screen posited that the movie will be out soon.
BellaNaija in its publication on Wednesday reports an authorized biopic of IBB by Obi Emelonye, a powerful Army General's attempts to guide Nigeria through a viciously strained era. The movie features Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida or IBB as he is fondly called, Born in a small village in northern Nigeria called Wushishi loses both of his parents by the age of 14.
The filmmaker announced the project during a press conference on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. According to the filmmaker, "Badamasi" will follow an intimate portrait of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida ( IBB), the General that ruled Nigeria from August 1985 to August 1993.
Obi Emelonye directed biopic about former military leader, IBB stars Enyinna Nwigwe as the lead actor.
The bloody trailer for the Obi Emelonye-directed film "BADAMASI" was recently released, giving insight to the Nollywood biopic which follows a powerful Army-General in the 1990s, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida more commonly known as IBB. The military leader was the head of state in Nigeria for 8 years and was a key player in a series of military coups that hit Nigeria.
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Nollywood Filmmaker Obi Emelonye's Biopic of IBB - "Badamasi (Portraits of a General)" Trailer Is Here & Looks Promising
You can say this is the perfect Nollywood movie teaser for Nigerian Independence day, October Ist. Filmmaker, Obi Emelonye is back on the limelight with '. The story of how a powerful Army General attempts to guide Nigeria through a viciously strained era in this first of its kind authorised biopic.
While we dined the (many) goodies from last Christmas, Obi Emelonye was directing Nollywood's leading actor, Enyinna Nwigwe surrounded by able-bodied army officers in what would likely be the biggest film of the year or perhaps, Nollywood's movie of the decade.