OBI EMELONYE’S BIOPIC OF BABAGINDA, ‘BADAMASI’ FACES POLITICAL CONTROVERSY BEFORE HITTING CINEMAS

It was in 2017 that one of the nation’s foremost producers hinted on commencing a biopic production that mirrors the life of former army general and political figure, Ibrahim Badamasi Babaginda.

Obi Emelonye set out to make what could very well be one of the biggest historic films out of Nigeria.

A powerful Army General attempts to guide Nigeria through a viciously strained era in this first of its kind authorised biopic.

Born in a small village in northern Nigeria called Wushishi, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida or IBB as he is fondly called, loses both of his parents by the age of 14.

It is his charm and intelligence that would propel him from that inauspicious beginning to the pinnacle of military politics in Africa’s most populous country.

But when fate pitches the General against the will of 150 million tough Nigerians, something has to give. Babangida has won several battles to rule Nigeria for 8 years. However, with the country about to implode, he may have to lose the fight to bring her back from the brink.


In early 2019, the film had already completed post production and by the middle of the year, the film’s official posters were already making the rounds showing The Wedding Party actor, Enyinna Nwigwe who was featured on this publication as our second quarter cover star, playing the controversial role of IBB but leading up to the premiere which was slated for the 29th of November of this year, some political related issues were already arising.

From the recently released trailer, the film supposedly reveals some secrets of IBB and that of some active political figures in his time. Assassinations, bloodshed and forceful power takeovers, it may be vivid why some people in authority may move to prevent this film that is based on true life events from showing.

Speaking with Arise, the producer had a one-on-one chat with the anchors of The Morning Show where he explained that he had initially obtained approval from IBB himself but some political figures whom he referred to as “Babaginda sympathizers” may have contributed to some hindrances in showing the film at the cinemas this November. It was reported that the producer had also received death threat amidst these controversies leaving the film to be premiered at an indefinite date.

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