Nollywood actor reveals how Boko Haram inspired his new film

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Tinsel actor Udoka Oyeka speaks on his Boko Haram inspired film “No Good Turn” and more.


Udoka Oyeka is an inspiring American born Nollywood actor, director and script writer. He is currently a leading cast member of the hit TV show, Tinsel. He is an amazing actor whose short films have been nominated for various awards and local and international film festivals.

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His current project is a 16 minute short filed called No Good Turn which is about the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s North-East. Below are excerpts from his interview with This Day on the film:

“Boko Haram has been a big issue in Nigeria and (the sect) got extremely violent in 2009; the year I returned from the United States. I had made three films already, and nobody was talking about them. Films being (a part of) our biggest export, it was impressed upon me to tell the Boko Haram story. The spark (of the film) was telling the story of the many souls dying every day.”

“Going forward, I had a friend who had a script on Islamic terrorism in the North, and the story wasn’t really strong enough for me. (Out of dissatisfaction with that piece) I went ahead to write No Good Turn. I met with Bolanle Austen Peters of Terra Culture, and she loved the project. We also talked to Ford Foundation and Neri. People got onboard and we made the film. It took about two years for the film to crystalise. Finally, the film is out.”

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“(It will be out) maybe towards the end of the year; by then, I’ll release it for a short period of time and then re-release it early next year for free, online, so people can watch it.”

The actor also spoke about his personal life:

“I do my thing and they do their thing. I honestly try to stay grounded with my work because I am not just an actor with a pretty face. I write, I direct and produce films. Most of the time, I am engrossed in my work. At every point in time, I have at least two to three projects I am developing. I don’t know if I have time for that (co-existing with ladies). I get admiration (from ladies) and I think it’s important to understand them and be mature.”

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“At the moment, I am not in any relationship. My last relationship ended two years ago. It is not that I am not ready for another one, but when the right person comes along (I’ll be in a relationship); getting into a relationship has a way of working out (for people).”

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