Africa Magic Kicks Off Original Film Festival, To Premiere Eight New Films In September


africa magicAfrica Magic, in line with its pledge of providing quality entertainment by Africans to Africans, has kicked off its Original Blockbuster Festival this month, with eight new films. Every Saturday and Sunday in September, the content provider will premiere a new film exclusively on its Africa Magic Showcase channel (DSTV 151), with the first two having aired on September 5 and 6.

These movies boast an impressive lineup of some of the best Nollywood has to offer, including Olu Jacobs, Joke Silva, Ini Edo, Monalisa Chinda, A.Y Makun, Bimbo Akintola, Zik Zulu Okafor, Zeb Ejiro, Obi Emelonye and Stanlee Ohikhuare.

The eight films to be shown are: Red Card, Carpe Diem, Love Struck, Amiable, Merciful, Dowry Man, After the I Dos, and Subterfuge. You can read a preview of all eight films below.


Red Card

Red Card posterDirected by Zik Zulu, the film follows the story of a man torn between two women and a chance to become very rich beyond anything he could ever imagine.

Tito, Papi and Chris all friends from different backgrounds with different principles and experiences will soon test that friendship. Dami, a girl hopelessly in love and will do anything to prove it. Kachi a humble rich girl playing in the hands of destiny. Destiny will bring them together and change their lives forever.

Experience love, friendship, betrayal, obsession and N150million price tag in Red Card.

The film aired on September 5 at 9:15 pm.


Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem posterDirected by Desmond Elliot, Carpe Diem follows the story of a brilliant, well-spoken young man due to certain circumstances has to find ghetto means to survive and keep food on his table. A ‘friend’s advice’ sets him on a deceptive path where he thinks he has found a way to get out of the poor circumstance he finds himself. Carpe Diem will take you on a journey of greed, betrayal and love which will set him on a journey he never planned to embark but had to seize the moment.

The film aired on Sunday, September 6 at 9:15 Pm.



Lovestruck posterIn 2009, The Nigerian financial sector was thrown in chaos. After the discovery of the systematic theft of billions of naira by top banking executives and higher-ups. What followed was a massive inquest of these financial institutions and the investigation of its management structure. This story takes place a few weeks before the crisis…

Lovestruck was directed by Obi Emelonye and airs on DSTV Channel 151 on Saturday, September 12 at 9:15 pm.



Amiable posterAmiable tells the story of Dave, the creative director in a small advertizing agency who gets jilted by his girlfriend on the night he proposed to her. He eventually moves on and picks up the pieces of his life by drowning himself with office work until he falls in love with an office colleague Nana. They have vowed to have “NO SECRETS” “NO LIES” and “NO BETRAYAL”, but things get complicated when Dave reveals he slept with his ex-girlfriend the same night Nana agreed to be his girlfriend. Will Nana look beyond the betrayal of trust and appreciate his truthfulness? Find out on September 13 at 9:15pm.



Merciful posterMerciful follows the story of Mercy and her 12-year-old daughter, Joy.Jobless, and squatting from one friend’s home to the other, Mercy manages to get a job as singer at Oldnavy, a Lounge in her neighborhood through her best friend and church member, Margaret. She sings every evening to the delight of the guests. The salary is nothing to write home about but that is the only thing she can get to put food on the table and also take care of her lovely daughter. One morning Joy is rushed to the hospital after she complained of stomach ache. She’s diagnosed with cancer of the stomach. Will Mercy’s, star to be daughter, survive? This is a story of endless love between mother and daughter.

Directed by Zeb Ejiro, the film stars Ufoma McDermott, Emmanuel Mensah and Victoria Mbagwu.

Merciful premieres on Saturday September 19 at 9:15 pm.


Dowry Man

DowryMan posterDowry man is a hilarious comedy of a dowry fixer Kevwe Baker. After getting his heart broken due to exorbitant traditional dowries, he goes on a mission to help future grooms but at a fee. He is smart, sleek and gets the job done driven by his passion to see love thrive and win. Getting an unusual client will seeing him falling in love but on strange terms. He would do all he must to make sure he doesn’t lose his great love.

Directed by Desmond Elliot, Dowry Man stars Monalisa Chinda, Iyabo Ojo, Yul Edochie and Desmond Elliot. You can catch it on Sunday, September 20 at 9:15 pm.

I couldn’t help but notice the similarity with Will Smith’s Hitch, but that’s a story for another day.


After The I’ Dos

After The I Dos posterThe film is a psychological drama that mirrors marital dynamics through the eyes of 3 friends – Peace, Bella and Lulu- each, unhappy in their marriages. Peace, is mentally abused by Chike her husband, and has consequently lost her sense of self-esteem, lives in denial and hopes for things to get better. Bella is emotionally battered by Tonye, her boy-about-town husband who finds it convenient living at the expense of his wife’s purse. Lulu, is living with HIV, the disease she contracted from her unrepentant, philandering husband, Osaro. In the company of one another, the three friends have learnt to share humor and charitable works to help numb their daily disappointments. Bella comes up with a suggestion to end their marriage miseries. It heals Bella’s marriage; it restores considerable sanity into Lulu’s marriage but sends Peace missing and sets off a police investigation which leaves her friends fearful for her life and safety.

After The I’ Dos was directed by Lillian Amah and stars Bimbo Akintola, Dakore Egbuson and Lillian Amah. You can catch it on September 26 at 9:15 pm.

This sounds like an interesting one.



subterfuge trailerSubterfuge is a modern day Romeo and Juliet tale, spun by competition, love, hate and how to succeed by whatever means. Sophia, whose chauvinistic father’s attitude only drives her to succeed in a male driven world. Casper a young guy who finds a way to use his handicap to succeed. Fate will deal them both a hand with a twist of love, deceit and hate. Will they be another sad Romeo and Juliet story, or will there be a happy ending after all? Find out on September 27 at 9:15 pm.

Subterfuge stars Joke Silva, Olu Jacobs, Omoye Uzamere and Ayo Ajike.


Note: All times are Nigerian time (GMT +1).

Source: Nollywood Mindspace