In her first public appearance this year, veteran Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji, has resurfaced at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where she is premiering her latest movie, ‘I Do Not Come To You By Chance.’
While keeping a low profile, Genevieve has been hard at work behind the scenes, spearheading the production of the film, which is included as part of this year’s centrepiece program as one of the 47 selected titles from 45 diverse countries.
The new movie marks Genevieve’s second attempt into executive production after her first, ‘Lionheart’ in 2018, a trendsetting Netflix movie in Nigeria.
‘I Do Not Come To You By Chance,’ is a gripping adaptation of novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani’s award-winning debut novel of thd same name.
The novel’s narrative delves into the treacherous realm of Nigerian email scams, unravelling the poignant tale of a young man grappling with the immense responsibility of liberating his family from the clutches of poverty.
Nwaubani’s literary masterpiece was the recipient of the prestigious 2010 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Africa) and the esteemed 2010 Betty Trask First Book Award. It also earned the distinguished honour of being named one of The Washington Post’s ‘Best Books of the Year.’
In the film adaptation, Nnaji joins forces with co-executive producer and best friend, Chinny Carter and Chioma Onyenwe to bring the compelling story to life.
The cast features Blossom Chukwujekwu and newcomer, Paul Nnadiekwe, in pivotal roles. Accompanying them are accomplished actors, Jennifer Eliogu, Sambasa Nzeribe, and Beverly Osu, creating a dynamic ensemble under the directorial prowess of Ishaya Bako.
Behind the camera, Femi Awojide takes on the role of Director of Photography, contributing to the visual splendour of the project.