On Sunday 8th of February, David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo will grace the red carpets of the Lagos Premiere of the award winning movie, ‘Selma’ at the Rock Cathedral, of House on the Rock churchin Lekki Lagos.
The Movie was Co produced by Oprah Winfrey.
According to The Guardian, 38-year-old Oyelowo was born in Oxford and raised in south London, he moved with his parents at the age of six to Nigeria, where he discovered that his father’s claims to a royal lineage were authentic. They lived a comfortable, though not lavish, life; Oyelowo was packed off to a harshly disciplinarian boarding school. After seven years, the family fled the country, then in the grip of a military government, and returned to inauspicious lodgings in a hostel near Holloway Road, north London. Forming school friendships not defined by ethnicity, Oyelowo was teased for being a “coconut” (white on the inside). He found some solace in religion, from which his interest in acting emerged indirectly: he had been making goo-goo eyes at the pastor’s daughter, who invited him to join her drama group.
In a statement, the senior pastor of House on the Rock church, Paul Adefarasin said “Peace and harmony is important to us all. Regardless of our ethnicity, religion or political persuasion, our country Nigeria must remain united and peaceful. This is why House on The Rock Church, positioned as a centre for Social Justice and Equity has decided to bring people from various classes in the Nigerian society together for a remarkable event where we can all stand united for peace at a time like this. We also seek to remind individuals with the Selma movie premiere event that regardless of any differences or grievances we may have, violence is not the answer, thus non-violence must continually be our stance.”
Adefarasin further stated the need for the Church to be the voice of reason promoting non-violence in the times leading to elections and beyond stressing that ‘’the pulpit of God is not for partisan politics but for promoting the Kingdom of God” Among Oyelowo’s co-stars in the movie are Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Wendell Pierce, Coretta Scott King and Carmen Ejogo.
According to sources, The Lagos Premiere promises to Host Nigeria’s Top Actors and Actresses from Nollywood, Top Music stars and A-List Celebrities from the Social, Media and Fashion scenes in Nigeria. The Red Carpet starts by 5pm on Sunday 8th February 2015.
Watch trailer below:
Tickets to the premiere are Free but registration is required at www.afritickets.com/selma.
Photographs: Richard Saker/Guardian | Allstar