Special Correspondent Ikedi Mekz is excited by her new movie
Rita Dominic has become known for her ability to thoroughly embody characters and continues to receive critical acclaim for her portrayal of iconic roles
Actress Rita Dominic is featuring in ‘La Femme Anjola’. It’s a psychological thriller which has the classic elements of film noir but with an African twist. Written by Tunde Babalola and directed by Mildred Okwo, her manager and business partner, the film ought to be her latest appearance.
‘La Femme Anjola’ tells the story of a young and successful stockbroker. His life is turned upside down when he falls in love with a beautiful woman who turns out to be a femme fatale that’s working with her crooked husband to take him down.
Rita plays the female lead character alongside a relatively known Chukwunonso Bassey, who plays the male lead character.
Production on this first of its kind Nollywood feature is completed, the first teaser has been released, her fans and movie buffs were anticipating the theatrical release of this work as the teaser trends. Suddenly, the dreaded Covid-19 outbreak struck, putting everything on hold. ‘La Femme Anjola’ has been in the making since 2015. Ordinarily, the turn of event should get one upset. But then, the screen goddess is not bothered.
Being alive is above every other thing to her and that’s what matters most, “life and good health,” her recent tweet had affirmed. The tweet was hailed on various social media platforms for her performance in her latest movie LIGHT IN THE DARK, available on Netflix. After watching the movie, fans of the light skin actress and other movie lovers are hailing her for her splendid performance, with one re-tweet labeling her performance as GOLD.
Having graced our screens over the years to become a household name in the industry, following her first movie role in ‘A Time To Kill’ in 1998, the veteran Nollywood actress has become known for her ability to thoroughly embody characters and continues to receive critical acclaim for her portrayal of iconic roles.
Till date, the multiple award-winning thespian, producer and co-founder of The Audrey Silva Company, has ever remained relevant to the growth of the industry, earning for herself goodwill of positive and outstanding image.
Going down memory lane, the proud indigene of Mbaise in Imo-state had in an interview disclosed that: “When I came into Nollywood me and some of my peers at the time, we were just doing this because we love to do it. There was no money in it but we just enjoyed acting. I studied Theatre Arts and I remember saying that all I wanted to do was to work in the film industry. It wasn’t even called Nollywood at the time. So to still be here and see the growth is a thing of joy.”
She tries to reinvent herself in terms of her craft and not adept to a particular role. The University of Port Harcourt graduate is best known for her roles in the groundbreaking films “76”, ‘The Meeting’, and ‘Shattered’ for which she won several prestigious awards. ‘The Meeting’, which she co-produced and directed with Mildred Okwo, till date remains her most memorable role over other innumerable films she has starred in. However, there are some that stand out a little bit more than the rest for her and these are the ones that sort of stretched her much more than other ones. Like “76”, which provided her the longest stay on location in Ibadan where she stayed for six months.
There the cast rehearsed for two months and then four months to film which had been the longest she had stayed on set in her entire career in Nollywood.
For the accolades and recognitions in appreciation of her acting prowess, Rita has won the major film awards there are in the continent.
Recall she was the Best Actress in the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2012; also Best Actress at the 2017 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA), for her role in “76”, a military epic. Prior to that also in 2015, she had won the Best Actress in a Comedy at the same awards.
With an array of roles in different characters over the years sure has somewhat affected the Rita Dominic brand in the real world, perhaps leaving her as a superhuman to her followers.
That much, with her strong social media presence, has helped grow and maintain her fan base by direct conversation with her fans, so many of who go overboard sometimes to appreciate her craft whenever they see her, especially also appreciating her enduring beauty and fashion sense.
Which brings the point that it won’t be a bad idea for the Imo state government to establish a film academy in Mbaise, home of Rita Dominic and Genevieve Nnaji, NOLLYWOOD’s world rated actresses.
Over to Governor Hope Uzodimma.