My Village People is an upcoming Nollywood comedy film, starring popular Nigerian comedian and actor Bovi Ugboma, better known as Bovi and Theresa Edem. In a recent interview with Nigerian media outlet Pulse, the media mogul shed some light on his journey into the Nigerian entertainment industry and goes behind the scenes on making My Village People.
For Bovi, ideas have always been the backbone of the man. No wonder his performances are always well thought and executed without blemish. It is unarguably comedy that made his name a popular feature in Nollywood, but the man is more. Speaking to Pulse, Bovi talked about what followed his popular comedy series Extended Family – a TV program he wrote and tripled up as both actor and producer. Of course, only a few, mostly uninterested Nigerians would not know the Bovi Ugboma show. That renowned project was his second big break in Nollywood and immortalised his name as one of Nigeria’s comedy greats.
In his words, “After ‘Extended Family’, I made ‘The Bovi Ugboma Show’ before starting standup comedy.” “I am a seasonal human being when it comes to acting and that is because I don’t want to compromise on quality.” Meanwhile, Bovi’s co-star in My Village People, Theresa Edem, a graduate of the famous Royal Arts Academy has also enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence since her debut in the early 2010s.
In My Village People, Bovi and Edem star as lovers with contrasting beliefs and personalities. Bovi is an atheist and Edem is a witch – highly irreverent characters. The movie attempts a shot a dark-comedy – something we’re not used to in Nigeria. But if ever anyone was going to make this work, it has to be Bovi Ugboma the comedian but also pioneer and innovator. Work for the project reportedly commenced in 2019.
“I write my stories based on trending topics and with ‘My Village People’, it is a topic that has never really gone out of trends. It has become an urban legend now so what we did was bring it to the big screens and mixed certain elements,” says the super comedian. “It is dark humour, we do not have anything like that in Nollywood,” Theresa Edem adds.
Other touchpoints of the interview include the infamous Nigerian film production itinerary – finance, epileptic power supply and turbulent mobility to say the least. Visist here to get the details of the entire interview.
My Village People was directed by Niyi Akinmolayan and co-produced by FilmOne entertainment, TMPL motion pictures and Kountry Kulture. It also features an ensemble cast that includes veteran Nollywood performers, in what you can call a mix of timelines. Amaechi Muonagor, Nkem Owoh, Rachael Oniga, Binta Ayo Mogaji, Charles Inojie, Francis Sule, Zubby Michael, and Ada Ameh all feature in the film.
You can catch My Village People in cinemas from Friday, June 11, 2021, but first, watch the breathtaking trailer below.