Dbanj, Ikeagwu, Efa Iwara, dazzle in Symphony – Guardian Nigeria

At a time when musical films are the rarity in Nigerian cinema, a Nollywood musical movie, Symphony, has surfaced to spotlight the goldmine of talent within the African entertainment scene. 
Currently screening countrywide, the flick directed by Oraka Nyanyelu, stars Nigeria’s ace entertainer, Oladapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as Dbanj, Ghanaian actress, Jackie Appiah, Nolloywoods, Kalu Ikeagwu, Scarlet Gomez, Efa Iwara and a host of others. It tells the story of life to achieving success despite societal failures.
Speaking at the premiere of the movie, which was held at the Imax cinemas, Lekki, Ghana’s Jackie Appiah said, “the moment I got the script, I couldn’t put it down because it was full of suspense and being a musical film was phenomenal.

“I played a strict mother from an affluent home who wanted her daughter to go to school and pay attention to her studies, but my daughter had different plans; she wanted to follow her dreams which was to do music, but you know the African parent would want you to be a doctor, Lawyer or an accountant.”
She stressed that the movie resonates with her while growing up, as her dad wanted her to become a lawyer.
“I come from a family of lawyers, so my dad didn’t understand why I didn’t want to be one, but today he is enjoying the benefits of my choice,” she added.
Scarlet Gomez who played the role of Ariyike in the movie, said, “Ariyike is a studio rat that could not afford sessions at the studio so she takes up chorus to see if she can get in the good books of the producer, but then nobody ever took her seriously.
“I could relate with the character because I know how long it took me having to tell people to look my way because I am talented.”
While Kalu Ikeagwu who played the father of an aspiring musical artiste said, “my character is a very wealthy person who naturally wants their child to do something more responsible like being a doctor or a lawyer. What resonated with my role is that incidentally my father was grooming me to be a doctor; I fought very hard, because I grew up in a very traditional home; my dad was a lecturer and so, I had to fight against all odds to be where I am today.”

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