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CHATROOM… suspense-filled, star-studded film for release on April 15

*Starring Omawumi Megbele, Ibrahim Suleiman, Tony Umez, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, it premieres April 17

STAR-studded, suspense-filled movie, CHATROOM, is set for release on Good Friday, April 15 on afrocinema.tv, an international digital platform.

Earlier premiered to the press and the diplomatic community at the Deputy British High Commissioners residence in March 2020, the film will also have its exclusive premiere on April 17 at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Written and directed by Chike Ibekwe, an award-winning director, Chatroom is produced by Peju Fadirepo Ibekwe, and shot on locations and in studios in Lagos and Onitsha.

“Chatroom is a contemporary 98mins drama that will take audiences on a roller coaster of emotions and have audiences at the edges of their seats. It is a beautiful mix of comedic thrills with core themes around love, betrayal, stigma, sexual abuse, violence, power and more,” states a promo from the producers.

Among its header performers are the popular music star Omawumi Megbele, ace broadcaster-publisher, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, top comedian Akpororo, popular and tested actors, Tony Umez and Ibrahim Suleiman. Others include award winning actor Odunlade Adekola and Canada-trained actress, Nengi Adoki and others.

“Set in Lagos, Nigeria, it tells the gritty, yet inspiring story of Ebiere (Nengi Adoki), an almost down and out young lady in her mid-20‘s who finds an opportunity to be in a popular, dance reality TV show as an opening for her to get away from the haunting ghost of her past. The fun-filled TV reality show takes an unexpected turn when she is triggered to face her past trauma causing a nationwide turmoil. Laced with comedy, romance and power tussles, it’s a story of overcoming and finding one’s voice and inspired by true life events.”

Other casts include multiple award-winning actors, Sambasa Nzeribe, Rykardo Agbor, Vivian Anani, Ghanaian actor, Kobby Acheampong, Camerounian actor and dancer, Lea Dibebe, actress and author, Damilare Kuku and international singer, dancer and actress, Ronya Man, among many others.

“This will be the first time, ace broadcaster and publisher, Adesuwa Onyenokwe will be venturing into the movie industry as she is also the Associate Producer of the movie apart from having an appearance in it.”

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SYNOPSIS

EBIERE, an almost down and out young lady in her mid-twenties gets a shot at a better life when she joins a popular reality TV show as a contestant, a move that should offer her a much needed breather from the haunting ghost of her past.

The show and the housemates provide a life different for her, one that she is happy and hopeful about. Things begin to go downhill after an altercation during which she hit a fellow house mate who stepped out of line.

She gets called up by the show host to explain herself but when the show host suggests if she would apologize for hitting Kojo, an infuriated Ebiere walks out of the Chatroom. The show host calls her back to the Chatroom and upon further prodding and at the verge of an emotional breakdown Ebiere reveals that she was violated and that she has a son as a result. When asked who the rapist is, she again leaves the Chatroom, picks her luggage and exits the show.

She is made to stay at the quarters while Maryanne, the show’s producer, empathizing with her, having had a similar experience back in the UK tries to sooth her pains. She goes on to bring a Psychotherapist to offer Ebiere more help.

Her story draws nationwide reactions from Nigerians and even more angry reactions by human right activists and NGOs who immediately start calls for the prosecution of the rapist.

Meanwhile, life goes on in the house with housemates.

Ebiere is surprised when she is told she is going back into the house as she was not officially evicted. Her return to the house makes her newly found fame to soar around the continent, but her woes are far from over. Further revelations, envy and suspicions leaves everyone in shock, including Ebiere.

Maryanne also finds the will and spirit to finally put a closure to more than a decade of bitterness and a chance rebirth into an inner joy that was long dead.

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