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"Zahra" Cast talk characters, challenges, memorable experiences on set

Produced by Emem Isong, "Zahra" follows the story of a 15-year-old girl in Northern Nigeria, who goes through harrowing experience.

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Nicole Ndigwe, Shawn Faqua and Efe Irele play

Nicole Ndigwe, Shawn Faqua and Efe Irele

Rise Up’s Champions for Change, with funding from the Ford Foundation, have partnered with Royal Arts Academy to produce an emotional film "Zahra."

In a recent interview with Pulse Nigeria, cast of the movie Shawn Faqua, Nicole Ndigwe and Efe Irele, discussed what the movie stands for, challenges encountered during shoot and some of their memorable moments.

"Zahra" is the movie about a young 15 year old girl in Northern Nigeria who goes through the harrowing experience of having her village attacked and her family killed by marauding terrorists.

Zahra movie poster play

Zahra movie poster


She ends up in an IDP camp where she hopes to find refuge to grieve the loss of her family and dreams but alas that was not to be as she discovers the IDP turns out to be another type of hell.

How she strives to overcome the squalor, hoarding and theft of food and medical supplies, violence by gangs within the camp, sexual harassment and temptations of prostitution etc are all explored in the film. 

play Patience Ozokwor,

The movie also stars Kannywood’s Sani Danja alongside Patience Ozokwor, Victor Olaotan, Funmi Eko-Ezeh and many more.

It was produced by award winning producer Emem Isong and directed by Chris Eneaji, story was by Uduak Oguamanam and Vivian Chiji and screenplay was by Vivian Chiji.

"Zahra" premiered on March 10, 2017, and is currently showing in cinemas nationwide.

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