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‘The Other One’ Movie Release: Cast And Crew Pay Heartwarming Tribute To Late Co-Star, Sola Onayiga

The cast and crew of the highly anticipated film, ‘The Other One,’ recently united to create a touching video honouring the memory and legacy of their beloved colleague and Nollywood legend, Madam Sola Onayiga. Onayiga, who rose to fame for her role as Ireti (Kitchen Practicals) in the early 2000s TV sitcom, Fuji House of Commotions, died on July 18, 2022, at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, shortly after principal photography for the film concluded.

Lucy Ameh pictured with the late Madam Sola Onayiga on the set of The Other One
Lucy Ameh pictured with the late Madam Sola Onayiga on the set of 'The Other One'

‘The Other One,’ directed by David ‘Gee’ Ahanmisi, produced by New Dawn Productions, and distributed by Tribe Nation Theatrical Distribution, was Sola Onayiga’s final project before her passing. Set for release in theatres nationwide on June 30th 2023, movie lovers can watch the legend come alive on the big screen one last time in a truly inspiring and thoroughly entertaining experience. Although her appearance in the movie is limited to a few scenes, Onayiga’s portrayal of Mandela’s mother is unmissable, and serves as the perfect curtain call for the actress's illustrious career.

In an extraordinary display of camaraderie and respect, the cast of ‘The Other One’ came together to pay tribute to the late legend through a heartfelt tribute video released 4pm on Thursday, June 22, 2023 via Tribe Nation Theatrical Distribution’s YouTube Channel. The video, which captures the essence of their shared journey and celebrates the indelible impact their co-star had on their lives and the production, showcases the deep bonds that were formed throughout the filming process.

“It was my first time meeting and working with her. I did my scenes directly with her because she played my mother-in-law and it was such a great experience.” - Lucy Ameh

In the video, co-stars praised Onayiga for her professionalism, dedication to her craft, and humble, down-to-earth persona. Lucy Ameh, who plays the role of ‘Jumai’ in the movie, gushed about meeting and working with the actress for the first time. In Ameh’s words, “I felt like God just wanted me to work with the woman because it was my first time meeting and working with her. I did my scenes directly with her because she played my mother-in-law and it was such a great experience.”


Onayiga as Mandela's mother on the set of 'The Other One'
Onayiga as Mandela's mother on the set of 'The Other One'

Director, David ‘Gee’ Ahanmisi, recounted how Onayiga engaged with the cast and crew on set, laughed and joked with them, and stated that he was going to cherish those last moments with her forever. Lead Actor, Kalu Ikeagwu, empathised with her family, and chose to celebrate the actress for a life well-lived, rather than focus on the grief of her passing. Lillian Amah-Aluko, the Executive Producer of the film who also stars alongside the late actress, called Onayiga a rare gem and stated that she will personally miss [Onayiga] very much.

Tribe Nation Theatrical Distribution, who serves as the distributor for the film, is immensely proud to support the cast of "The Other One" as they pay homage to their late co-star. The company recognizes the significance of this tribute, not only for the cast and crew but also for Nollywood as an industry.

"Tribe Nation Theatrical Distribution firmly believes in the power of films to touch the hearts of audiences and bring people together. We stand behind the cast of 'The Other One' and their beautiful tribute to their late co-star. It is a testament to the remarkable individuals involved in this production and the compassion they share," said Anita Edwards, the Chief Executive Officer of Tribe Nation Theatrical Distribution.

As the release date for "The Other One" approaches, Tribe Nation Theatrical Distribution invites audiences to join them in celebrating the life and talent of their late co-star. The company encourages the public to follow the film's official social media channels to view the heartfelt tribute video and stay updated on the film's release and other related announcements.


Watch the video here:


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About Tribe Nation Theatrical Distribution:

Tribe Nation Theatrical Distribution Limited is a mainstream entertainment company focused on the distribution and marketing of local and international filmed content. A subsidiary of Tribe Nation Studios Limited, its distribution network spans across cinema, inflight entertainment, streaming platforms, and linear television networks within and outside Africa. ​It is a premium content distribution company that bridges the gap between content creators and target audiences within and outside Nigeria, by providing unique and innovative marketing and distribution solutions that help maximise revenues at the box office and everywhere else.


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