Now, the anxious wait is over as the much publicized Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen’s movie; ‘ATM’ (Authentic Tentative Marriage) which has already been dubbed the most hilarious movie of 2016 finally hits the cinemas nationwide on Friday May 13, 2016.
At the premiere on Friday May 6, 2016, foundation of Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Lagos shook to its grounds as who is who in the Nigerian entertainment circle defied the Lagos traffic allegedly caused by the monthly RCCG Holy Ghost congress to grace the event.
As early as 5pm, movie enthusiasts had trooped out in their numbers for an event which started at 6:45pm. The open space of the galleria was jam-packed, a scene which held other customers of the galleria spell bound.
At the cinema hall, the space which could only accommodate about 200 seats had almost 500 viewers who were ready to withstand any hardship in their eagerness to watch the movie. Many stood for almost 2 hours when the additional movable chairs that were brought in have been exhausted, yet people kept trooping in to catch a glimpse of the movie.
Embassy of United Kingdom in Nigeria sent in more than five delegates to support their newly found star, Claire Edun, popularly known as Oyinbo Princess, who has British Broadcasting Corporation News (BBC) covering all her movement right from her arrival to the country on Thursday May 5, 2016.
Aside BBC, other big media houses such NTA, Channels, Silverbird TV, African Magic Jara, AMC, Vanguard, Galaxy Tv, SDK, Omonaijablog, Broadway and many others also pulled their weight behind the big budget movie.
Nollywood divas, actors and executive directors of different movie agencies like; Uche Jombo Rodriguez, Monalisa chinda Coker, Ebube Nwagbo, Yvonne Jegede, Alex Ekubo, Yomi Fabiyi, Chioma Ude, DJ Nana, Aisosa Igiebor, Yomi Makun, Bolanle Ninalowo, Chris Ekejinbe and singer LeeH.
Others include; kunle Afolayan, Mamud Ali Balogun, Nigerian top female director Pat Oghre, Amen Imasuen, Raph Nwadike, and his Association of movie producers executives, maverick presenter Danrele Edun and a host of other entertainers and movie lovers could barely find space to move.
As for Molalisa Chinda who had all the reasons to have missed the event; she defied all odds to watch the movie.
In fact, she could not hide it, it was very glaring, her lovely black gown suffered tear. She was advised to call Lancelot, the movie producer, and explain why she could not make it but she said no, “of all the trailers I’ve watched on ‘ATM’ I must be at the premiere” and so, she led other great divas, damsels and shrewd Nollywood practitioners to Silverbird Galleria on that lovely weekend. And at the end of the premiere, she was one of the first to make a comment about the movie as she simply said, ” Hilarious and you would clear the market with the help of publicity”.
Also, popular Nollywood movie critic, Chris Ekejinbe could not hide his feelings as he commented that the movie is “Nothing but a good laugh, a relief to stress and tension”.
And so the story continues at the cinemas nationwide.
ABOUT THE MOVIE
ATM…A romantic comedy stirs Robinson, (Alex Ekubor) a young jobless man in his late 20s who met a white lady, Emilia ( Oyinbo Princess) via online dating and started extorting money from her in pretense that he was going to marry her. Meanwhile, he has a Nigerian girlfriend, Caroline, (Yvonne Jegede) who has been very supportive and taking care of him and his uncle Gbenga (Francis Odega).
Gbenga fell for his brother’s caprices when he told him about his plan to make the ‘Oyinbo’ lady her ATM, by marrying her and divorce her after six months in other to inherit her wealth and subsequently marry his Naija girlfriend, Caroline.
But when Emilia arrived Nigeria, Robinson got the shock of his life…
It is a movie you will live to remember because it will surpass generations. In fact, it qualifies to be called an “ever green movie.”
Watch the first official trailer here…
Here are some of the pictures taken at the premiere of the movie…