Monday, 9 January 2012

Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde had a hectic time dealing with her Ghanaian fans at the major premiere of her first Ghanaian film, ‘Ties That Bind’ on December 30, at the National Theatre.
The actress, who was rumoured to be Genevieve Nnaji’s bitterest rival in Nollywood, wasn’t scheduled to attend the premiere, unlike Hollywood’s Kimberly Elise, who failed to show up.
According to a source, the award winning actress initially told ‘Ties That Bind’ director, Leila Djansi that she would not be able to make it to Ghana for the premiere. But she surprisingly showed up.
“It was a surprise seeing her at the premiere that day,” the source added.
Omotola had a large number of people queuing for photo opportunity with her while media personnel also struggled to get an interview.
The frustration of stardom was obvious on her face while she consistently wiped beads of sweat on her forehead. But no matter what the fans were making her feel, she kept her cool with smiles.
Finally when the pressure became too much, she pleaded for space and quickly dashed back into the auditorium for the second screening of the film.
Omotola obviously stole the shine of the evening.
The premiere was no doubt the biggest movie event of the year.  It had a lot of international soccer stars as well as movie stakeholders passing through. 
Ties That Bind tells the story of Adobea, Buki and Theresa played by Omotola Jalade, Ama K and Kimberly Elise, who are three women from three different backgrounds bound together by a similar pain; the loss of a child.
In a destined meeting in a small village in Kroboland, the women journey together to redemption, love, life and forgiveness as they renovate a dilapidated clinic for the villagers.
There are some fascinating scenes in the movie with Omotola, who played Adobea, trying to speak Twi and Ga.
The film picked nine (9) awards at the last Ghana movie awards after 21 nominations. Omotola won Best Actress, Africa Collaboration category.
The film is expected to make more waves on the continental level and the world over.
Already it has premiered in Nigeria and Toronto among other countries.
credit: NEWS-ONE


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