Nigerian film producer Mo Abudu is set to make her directorial debut with two short films.
In a statement released on Monday, August 22nd the filmmaker confirmed she would be directing the short films “Her Perfect Life” and “Iyawo Mi”.
Since her first full-length feature, “Fifty” in 2015, the EbonyLife CEO has presided over her production company’s storytelling as an executive producer, while hiring external film executives to direct.
However, Abudu will be in charge of the entire filmmaking process in both films, a move that comes about five years after she attended the London Film School for a film directing course.
“Her Perfect Life” follows the story of Onajite Johnson-Ibrahim, a 39-year-old career woman who owns a growing business, has a husband and two children, but decides to “end it all” in her battle with mental illness.
Pearl Thusi, Joseph Benjamin, Omawunmi Dada, Uzo Osimpka, Christian Paul, and Mary Lazarus appear in the film.
“Iyawo Mi”, on the other hand, is a Yoruba language film that tells the story of Kunle, a family man who returns home one night to find horror waiting for him.
Eniola, his wife, appears to have gone insane, hallucinating, yelling at their children and neighbours, and threatening to kill everyone. Kunle takes matters into his own hands, resulting in tragic consequences.
Adedimeji Lateef, Bolaji Ogunmola, and others appear in the film.
Speaking about these titles, Abudu said: “I believe in learning and understanding any major assignment I undertake. Directing is an art form that takes years to master, so I’m beginning with baby steps.
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“I have written two short films that I will be directing. Although these stories are fictional, they highlight the mental health challenges, hardly spoken about in Nigerian society, that many people deal with all over the world.
“Mental health issues can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, income, or social class, and they are on the increase.”
As an executive producer, Abudu has created a number of critically acclaimed Nollywood films including ‘The Wedding Party’, ‘Chief Daddy’, ‘Your Excellency’, and ’The Royal Hibiscus Hotel’.
As part of a major deal with Netflix, her successes include “Castle & Castle”, “Oloture”, and “Blood Sisters”.
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