Bauchi Governor Makes Nollywood Debut
A real-life governor will play the role of governor in an upcoming Nollywood film, titled Up North.
The Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, is not only an avid supporter of Nollywood, he also possesses ‘hidden’ acting skills- who knew?
In a thread on twitter, CEO of Anakle Films, Editi Effiòng, explains the connection between himself and the Governor before and during the making of his latest project ‘Up North‘.
According to him, in 2017 when he was returning from Bauchi, he met the governor on a plane and discussed his plan of shooting a film in Bauchi.
According to Editi the governor provided everything he needed for filming, including organizing a dubar and his personal convoy for the film.
The Governor also auditioned to act as the governor in the film, sighting his desire to encourage the young people who want to go into Nollywood.
See his tweets below:
In mid-2017, I was returning from a story research trip from Bauchi, when I met the him on the plane.— Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong) June 22, 2018
I told him I’m working on a film to be shot in Bauchi, and his first reaction was “What do you need?”
Over the next couple of weeks, the governor called at least once a week to check how preps went, and assigned an officer to help us get the access we needed.— Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong) June 22, 2018
It turned out every hotel in Bauchi was booked out for half the time we were going to be here, so offered us Yankari!
We arrived in Bauchi just after the governor had left for Umrah in Saudi Arabia, which meant some of the instructions he left behind would fall through administrative cracks.— Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong) June 22, 2018
So he would check in every 2-3 days to ensure things were going well, and fix any problems we had.
Rewind - about the time we started pre-production, the governor asked if he could read the script.— Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong) June 22, 2018
When he saw we needed to show a Durbar, he introduced me to the emir, and got us permission to shoot at the emir’s palace.
So we have the real emir of Bauchi in #UpNorthTheFilm
Then he asked if he can audition to play the governor in the film (we had a governor character). I objected, but the director said we should give him a shot.— Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong) June 22, 2018
That’s how come we have a sitting governor playing a role in #UpNorthTheFilm pic.twitter.com/034rVjbGEJ
When I asked @GovMAA why he’s so invested in the film, he said “I’m trying to diversify my state economy, and I’ve been begging Nollywood people to come and make films here. I have to support you guys, so you can go tell others. Also, you’re employing a lot of Bauchi people.” pic.twitter.com/peaCZ2qvh8— Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong) June 22, 2018
On why he wanted the role in the film “You know, some parents think people who work in film and entertainment are bad people. If I am in a film, it will set an example and encourage the young people who want to go into film as a career”.— Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong) June 22, 2018
Couldn’t fault the logic.