By Manny Ita
A romantic comedy ‘LOVE ME’ is set to debut on the Nigerian movie turf and other markets across Africa and other parts of the world from the end of May this year.
An Africa to America Production, the movie which promises a lot of entertainment value for every kind of family unit, with its interesting storyline, engaging characters and captivating cinematography is currently being shot in Lagos, Nigeria and Dubai in the UAE.
Set in the modern day in a 5-star Hotel, LOVE ME is a romantic comedy that explores the universal love triangle between the opulent lover and the ordinary one, both vying for the same girl’s heart.
A feisty and charming hotel cleaner’s life goes topsy-turvy as she gets torn between Nigeria’s chart-bursting music star, who’s madly in love with her and ready to splash the cash just to prove it, and her lovable but flawed boyfriend, who is also crazy about her and ready to prove it with a proposal.Both men are great conversationalists, sensitive listeners and great lovers but Kemi can only choose one, leading to an inevitable and hilarious clash of romantic titans. A huge and breathtaking deviation from the stereotype love story, LOVE ME teaches the values of having a strong character, and the courage to make the right choices, while also addressing true friendship as one that ought to remain constant when situations oscillate between the good and the bad.
With a stellar cast which include ‘Woju’ crooner Kizz Daniel, Chidinma Ekile of ‘The MTN Project Fame, Alex Ekubo, Ngozi Nwosu, Broda Shaggi, Ann Idibia and a host of others, the movie is sure to drive viewers to the cinemas through their influence and their huge social media following as well as via its engaging content.
Produced by one of the respected names in the entertainment industry Dozie David Atueyi, the movie LOVE ME will leverage all available platforms to engage audiences nationwide, Nigerians in the Diaspora, the rest of the African market as well as other revenue streams, including sponsorships, private screenings and merchandising.
Speaking about the project on Wednesday, April 11, 2019, at The Morning Suites along Teslim Elias Avenue in Victoria Island Lagos, location of the project in Nigeria, Mr Atueyi disclosed that it was a project that every detail was given optimum consideration, from the location, cast to the technical part of the movie and assured it was one that would sure blow the minds of its audience.
“We had to reach out to people with proficiency in their fields, a director whose meticulous attention to detail was necessary for the project, who flew all the way from Australia to direct this production.”Apparently, some of the cast in the movie were debutants on set, like Kizz Daniel, Chidinma etc which informed the need to employ a coach -Israeli born Ronya Man- for the project.
Speaking on that, the producer averred; “And because some of our cast are fresh actors, it also became necessary to bring in a coach to train these people to give it a semblance of what is obtainable in Hollywood.”
Ronya runs the RMA Training and Production outfit which has been operating in Nigeria for well over ten years.
According to her ” “I have been coaching drama for more than a decade working in nollywood with several actors and directors and I can tell you, this production was quite fulfilling.” “A lot of thought and effort was put in the screenplay being shot in Lagos and Dubai sort of distinguishes it.” One of the actors present at the briefing, whom Atueyi described as the queen of Television, Vivian Anani said of the project; “In my over 20 years of being in this busainess, this is one of the best productions I have seen and been involved in. I say this with emphasis because everything is on point; wonderful team from the cast to the crew and I tell you this is a production to watch out for.”