Nigerian Afrobeat star Burna Boy to debut as a Nollywood producer

Nigerian Afrobeat Grammy Award winner Burna Boy will make his debut as a Nollywood producer with the upcoming thriller, “Three Cold Dishes,” which tackles the heartbreaking issue of sex trafficking.

Directed by Asurf Oluseyi, the film follows three teenagers who were sold into the sex trade and reunited 13 years later to seek revenge.

The film is produced by Ifind, Alma Prods., Asurf Films and Martian Network, with co-production by Black Mic Mac. Burna Boy will serve as executive producer through Spaceship Films, the company he co-founded with Bose Ogulu according to reports from Variety.

The Last Last singer’s foray into film production comes as part of a new slate from Black Mic Mac, a production brand launched last year by industry veteran Pape Boye and Logical Pictures. This initiative is designed to champion talent from Africa and the Middle East, showcasing a wide range of voices through a diverse range of films and television series.

Black Mic Mac aims to become a major player in the African market, promoting both emerging and established talents.

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“I’m very proud to work with so many different filmmakers across the continent and to continue trying to discover talent who want to entertain the world,” said Boye.

Burna Boy joins a growing list of musicians expanding their influence to Nollywood. Recently, Tiwa Savage starred in and executive produced her first feature film, “Water and Garri,” which premiered on May 10, 2024 on Prime Video.

The involvement of notable musicians such as Burna Boy and Tiwa Savage in Nollywood highlights the growing intersection between Nigeria’s music and film industries, boosting the country’s cultural influence on the world stage.

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Oluseyi described the film as “the biggest pan-African film yet” and “an African cinematic journey like no other”, and emphasized the immense effort invested in bringing it to life. ““This film is a testament to the strength and resilience of its characters, and it took us blood and sweat to get to this stage.” he said.

The list includes nearly a dozen projects from emerging and established talent, reflecting the dynamic narrative emerging from the region. “I’m very proud to work with so many different filmmakers across the continent and continue to try to discover talent who want to entertain the world,” said Boye.

Another project in the folder is “The three rascalss”, directed by Ishaya Bako. This Nigerian adaptation of the Burkinabe hit “Les Trois Lascars” is a comedy about three married men whose secret vacation to visit their lovers goes disastrously wrong when the plane they were supposed to be on crashes. The film is produced by Les Raconteurs and co-produced by Black Mic Mac and Black Armada.