A biopic of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State is set to premiere to a select audience of 200 on Saturday at the Transcorp Hotel in Abuja.
Seun Oloketuyi, producer of the biopic, revealed this to the News Agency of Nigeria during an interview on Thursday.
He said the biopic, titled “Yahaya the White Lion,” chronicles his life and accomplishments so far.
Oloketuyi said, “Often, as Africans, we tell the stories of our heroes, our people and our leaders long after they are gone, when it is no longer relevant to them.
“This, in many ways, prevents people from learning the lessons of history.
“Governor Yahaya Bello has changed that norm as a film chronicling his life and accomplishments to date has been made and is set to premiere on Saturday January 22 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.
“We made this biopic not just to entertain like movies do, but to record history.
“And we couldn’t have done it at a better time, because our actors had the opportunity to draw inspiration from real characters without having to base their knowledge on second-hand tales.”
Oloketuyi said principal photography started in the third week of September 2021 in different locations in Kogi State including Lokoja and Lagos State.
“The film’s trailer, released in December, saw moviegoers applaud the choice of a stellar cast,” he said.
According to Oloketuyi, Bello was played by the incomparable Ali Nuhu, with Roseanne Chikwendu as Rashidat Bello, wife of the governor.
He said the film was directed by Tunde Laoye as it also featured other industry notables like Gbenga Adeyinka D 1er, Aishat Lawal and others.
“So much has been said about the man, Governor Yahaya Bello, and so much is still unknown about who he really is.
“This film is an attempt to bring out the facts about the man, his background, his growth and rise in politics and his ambition.
“It’s basically about setting the record straight on the gentleman and making sure the story has the right facts in it.”