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Nollywood actor, Mr Ibu, plans film on xenophobia
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Nollywood actor, Mr Ibu, plans film on xenophobia

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Popular Nigerian comic actor Mr Ibu (born John Okafor) has revealed plans to shoot a movie about the South African Xenophobic attack.

Okafor made this known in Johannesburg, on Friday that majority of the actors would be South Africans while others would be drawn from Nigeria, Liberia, Kenya, Ghana and  Botswana.
He said the script of the movie was being written by some  gifted writers  while planning and pre-production had commenced. “ I have plans to shoot a film on xenophobia. I will use mainly South African actors who will work  with others from Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya  and Botswana. “ What I want to achieve in the movie is to turn the table around and help in promoting peace on  the long run,’’ he said. Okafor disclosed during the interview also said that the film would be shot on locations in South Africa, Kenya  and Botswana. “ The pre-production is on now. The scripting is also on. When I return to Nigeria, we will meet with the directors and technical crew to discuss the effects of the plot. “ When the plot  impacts on  our thinking, then we would have achieved something, ” he said. The actor said the next phase would be to visit the concerned countries for auditions to determine those eligible to act in the film. Okafor said that Nollywood movie industry was still growing and would achieve set targets. He also said  he had done more than 300 movies since his debut in December, 1978. Mr. Adetola Olubajo, President, Nigeria Union, said the body would partner with Okafor  on a social cohesion programme. “ We are planning a programme aimed at creating synergy and  social cohesion between Nigeria and South Africa. “ It will take place next year and we want Okafor  to be part of it,” he said.

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