In a dazzling spectacle that brought the essence of Nollywood to life, Prime Video premiered the highly anticipated Nigerian film, Breath of Life, at the FilmHouse Cinema, Imax in Lekki, Lagos, during the closing night for the 2023 African Film Festival (Afriff). This star-studded event wasn’t just about the silver screen; it was a celebration of Nigerian culture and values, resonating with powerful themes of redemption, hope, and transformation.
As the blue carpet unfolded, it was graced by an exceptional ensemble cast, including the likes of Wale Ojo, Chimezie Imo, Genoveva Umeh, Demola Adedoyin, and the radiant Eku Edewor. What added a personal touch to the affair was Eku’s presence with her parents, turning the premiere into a family affair that echoed the themes of togetherness found in Breath of Life.
The blue carpet wasn’t just a showcase of talent; it was a who’s who of Nollywood and the Nigerian entertainment scene. Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Alibaba, Kate Henshaw, Ay the Comedian, Toke Makinwa, and Ini Edo added their star power to the evening. The attendance of Prime Video executives, Gideon Khobane, and Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, underscored the streaming platform’s commitment to elevating African storytelling.
The climax of the night was the exclusive screening of Breath of Life, a heartwarming tale of Timi, a man who lost everything, and Elijah, a humble guide on his journey to rediscover purpose. Directed by BB Sasore, the film unfolded with authenticity and passion, bringing the powerful narrative to life with every frame.
The audience was spellbound by a story that not only celebrated Nigerian culture but also transcended borders with its universally appealing themes. Breath of Life became a poignant reminder that no matter where you’re from, stories of redemption, hope, and transformation resonate with the human spirit, even in the darkest of times.
Post-screening, the cast and crew took center stage, sharing their experiences in creating this cinematic masterpiece. Their discussions delved into the film’s cultural significance, its potential impact on audiences, and its crucial role in advancing the Nigerian film industry.