What do you wear when the President Invites You To The Presidential Villa?
Nollywood actress Omoni Oboli must have had a ‘pinch me in the face, I must be dreaming’, moment when she was told her movie and directorial debut, ‘Being Mrs Elliot’, was to be screened at the Presidential Villa in Abuja with President Goodluck Jonathan. Oboli also wrote and produced the movie.
The mum of 4 was invited along with fellow cast members from the movie including comedian AY to Aso Rock on the 16th of August for a private and exclusive screening of the movie with Nigeria’s top brass.
In her speech before the screening, Oboli thanked President Jonathan for giving her the opportunity, saying she was just a ‘waffi’ girl.
“Growing up in Nigeria as a child, I couldn’t in my wildest dreams imagine that I would be standing here today before you all, because leadership was always perceived as distant from the common man, but by God’s grace do I see today a President that is so in touch with his people in his simplicity that even the seemingly trivial things that touch us as a people do not escape his notice and due attention.”
Probably foretelling that many Nigerians might criticise the fact that the President was enjoying a movie screening at the villa at a time when state security was a concern and the abduction of over 200 girls by Boko Haram still a national sore point, not to mention a potential Ebola epidemic, the actress said she felt this was actually exactly what the doctor ordered for the presidency.
“It might seem, to some, insensitive to be previewing this movie at such a time as this, but I beg to differ.”
“When our very way of life is threatened, this is the sort of thing we should do to remind ourselves that we will not give into anything that would threaten its continuance. So we brought this movie for simple reasons; to make you all laugh and relax those minds and bodies that are ever working. Remember, “All work and no play…”
The actress looked delectable in a blue four length dress with a plunging neckline and diamante detail along the neckline.
The movie is already up for many awards and nominations and we’re told it will be in cinemas soon, so stay tuned if you’re in Naija.