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"The Royal Hibiscus Hotel" EbonyLife Films' romantic comedy to premiere at 2017 TIFF

Nollywood is returning to the Toronto International Film Festival with EbonyLife Films' romantic comedy, "The Royal Hibiscus Hotel."

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The Royal Hibiscus Hotel

Following a successful outing at the Toronto International  Film Festival in 2016, the Nigerian film industry is returning to the festival with "The Royal Hibiscus Hotel."

A romantic comedy from EbonyLife Films, the movie is directed by Ishaya Bako, who directed the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award winning film, "Road to Yesterday."

"The Royal Hibiscus Hotel" stars Zainab Balogun, Deyemi Okanlawon, Kenneth Okolie, Akah Nnani, Kemi Lala Akindoju among others.

play The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is directed by Ishaya Bako


The movie is a romantic comedy about a Nigerian couple who run a charming, but run-down, boutique hotel in a little town in Nigeria.

In desperation, the husband Segun decides to sell the hotel without his wife’s knowledge, as a way of settling all their debts.

Their daughter is living in London, working a dead-end job while trying to open her own restaurant. When she decides to return to Nigeria for a vacation, Mom and Dad are elated for different reasons.

Dad wants her to sign the papers to sell the hotel she is destined to inherit, while Mom can’t wait to marry her off to a charming property developer, Deji.

Zainab Balogun and Kenneth Okolie on set of "The Royal Hibiscus Hotel" play

Zainab Balogun and Kenneth Okolie on set of "The Royal Hibiscus Hotel"



When daughter meets Deji by accident, she has no idea that he has made the deal to buy the hotel. Just as she is finally falling for Deji, despite much resistance, she learns the truth and is devastated.

Determined to save the hotel from being replaced by a shopping mall, she sets up an amazing fundraiser; but it is not enough.

With just hours to go, an anonymous donor steps in and saves the hotel from demolition. Surprisingly, her saviour is Deji, who proves that love always finds a way.

play Kenneth Okolie, Zainab Balogun, Yolando Okereke, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Deyemi Okanlawon on set of "The Royal Hibiscus Hotel"


The movie is the second EbonyLife film to have its world premiere at TIFF.

In 2016, "The Wedding Party," - a collaboration between EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Koga and Inkbot - was among the eight Nollywood films selected to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of its City to City programme.

play Akah Nnani on set of "The Royal Hibiscus Hotel" (Instagram)


Other films selected were "Okafor's Law," "Just Not Married," "93 Days," "76," "Green White Green," "Taxi Driver: Oko Ashewo" and "The Arbitration."

A release date hasn't been announced for the movie, "The Royal Hibiscus Hotel."

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