After months of preparations, the blockbuster film premiere of “One Night in Vegas” finally took place at the Hilton Hotel in Dublin Ireland last Saturday April 19 2014. More than 500 guests turned up for the red carpet event presented by actor Chris actor and had a chance to meet renowned actors John Dumelo, Sandra Fon Dufe who also starred in the film. The actors did not disappoint as they readily posed for pictures, signed autographs and mixed freely with their adoring fans.
There was music and comedy on the night to animate the premiere of the six figure film produced by Koby Maxwell and directed by John Uche. Film fans who were mostly Cameroonians, Nigerians, Guineans flew in from the UK and France for the hugely successful premiere.
One of the most organized groupings of women in Ireland “Les Femme Bamilike led by Flaurette Diallo seized on the opportunity to offer a special reception for one of theirs, Cameroonian born USA based actress Sandra Fon Dufe who plays a supporting role in “One Night in Vegas.
Diamond Ebs Esoh. film Producer and founder of Africability Entertainment, and one of the main organizers of the event (in collaboration with Shalom Ventures and KS Promotions), said the premiere was “highly successful and one of the best African film premieres that has ever taken place in Europe. “I want to especially thank ‘Les femmes Bamileke’ of Dublin for the massive turn out to support the event and for the warm reception party they threw for Sahndra” he said.
In the Film, James Foster (John Dumelo) decides to take his wife Genie (Yvonne Nelson) to Las Vegas for a break to rekindle the romance in his marriage after a high profile case with a band of thugs. Vegas, the city of lights is not all what it seems and James realizes to his frustration what happens in Vegas does not always stay in Vegas. The film won three awards for Best Cinematography, Best Film in the Diaspora and Best actor in a supporting role at the Nollywood and African Film Critics Awards NAFCA . It has also had 16 other nominations.
Film fan Stephen Njonguo was pleasantly surprised with the premiere: “this was my first African movie premier and I must say I was more than impressed being a big fan of African movies. This is the next phase. The story line was very good, the actors were on the money. It was also nice seeing other nationals present from Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, South Africa, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and the Irish”.
Paul Assoua Ekangwo said the event “… went well despite the late start. The venue, the sparkling wine reception and the protocol made a big difference compared to other similar events. The spirit of the event was extremely cosy and friendly and it was interesting to see the big stars like Jn Dumelo mingling and chatting with almost everyone”
He called for similar events to be organized to showcase the creativity from Africa.
Bobga Nti said the movie “… was smashingly amazing. I can liken it to any hollywood premier. The movie itself had a mature theme. The Actors/Actresses fully satisfied my appetite. You would never believe Mildred is Sahndra Fon Dufe. Sahndra is someone else on screen. I love this movie”. Divine Gwan was impressed with the lead actor, “… It was great rubbing shoulders with great people like John Dumalo, Chris Atoh and Sandra. I really enjoyed their company. After chatting with John, I discovered that he was a simple and down to earth individual”, he told Iroko Magazine.
Some of the Cameroonians who attended the premiere included, Bobga Nti, Bismark Tambi, Silvan Santos, Emmyliou Mebiun, Stephen Njoguo, Anna Joutchop, Eunice Mulango Mrs. Namondo Tambi, Mrs. Helen Nti, Flaurette Diallo, Evelyn Esoh Mbiakeu, Edna Assam, Divine Gwan, Paul Assoua Ekangwo and Mrs. Irene Assoua.
Some high flying Ghanaians also attended including Kofi Assiedu Appiah, Nana Franklina and Kareen Samadu. Guineans Cherif Saifon and Assiatou Diallo were also there. Renowned blogger Primrose Obata Dodo was also there. The red carpet and interviews were covered by Joe Reid, Stephen Brady, Tina Williams and Tanya Raji