Image via AT&T; Untold Stories.

Tribeca Film 'Nigerian Prince' Lands US Distribution Deal with Vertical Entertainment

The film "Nigerian Prince" takes a deeper look at 419 scammers and it will soon be available in the States as part of a new distribution deal.

Get your popcorn ready because the film Nigerian Prince is getting a limited theatre release this fall through a new deal with Vertical Entertainment, Deadline reports.

419 scammers have been a Nigerian trope for years, but an overly familiar narrative can become a more complicated story when it is told by the right director. Nigerian Prince is the debut feature film by Faraday Okoro about a Nigerian-American teenager who is forced to return to Nigeria by his parents and ends up joining email scammers to buy his ticket home. The coming of age thriller goes beyond the narrative of email scamming and explores the struggles and desires of first generation Nigerian-Americans.

This year the film gained attention after it won the AT&T Untold Stories prize that awarded Okoro $1 million dollars to produce the film. Okoro was also supported by influential figures like Spike Lee and Biyi Bandele who became executive producers for the film.

The film will now become available in the U.S. thanks to a new distribution deal with Vertical Entertainment that will give the film a limited theatrical release and a VOD rollout in the fall.

In a recent interview with OkayAfrica's Damola Durosomo, Okoro talked about how the film is loosely based on his life, growing to love film making, and the adventures of shooting the film in Lagos.

Speaking about why this story became his first feature film he said, "As a first feature, especially one that's close to me—since I wrote it and was partly inspired by my upbringing—I thought this story's not readily out there, especially for a Western audience. I thought I could do it. I could make the type of film that I knew I would wanna see set there. Especially from a younger perspective. Because I'm young, my take on filmmaking is probably different from an older person's who might film it."

Look out for the film this fall. In the meantime, read about Okoro's journey in his OkayAfrica interview here.


Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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