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Biopic on Yahaya Bello set for Dec 2021 debut



A biopic of Yahaya Bello, Kogi state governor, has been billed for release in December 2021.

Gov. Yahaya Bello presidency 2023

Seun Oloketuyi, the producer of the movie touted as an analysis of the governor’s life, announced the development on Friday.

Oloketuyi, who is also the founder of the Best of Nollywood (BON) awards, said that the movie is titled ‘Yahaya the White Lion’.

He described Bello as “ever-smiling, unassuming and modest”, saying his life was well-dramatised in the movie.

Oloketuyi said the movie will feature Ali Nuhu as Bello and Roseanne Chikwendu as Rashidat, the governor’s wife.

According to the producer, the biopic movie, directed by Tunde Laoye, will debut in December 2021.

“So many things have been said about the man, Yahaya Bello, and so much is still unknown about who he really is,” he said.

“This movie is an attempt to bring out the facts, the governor’s background, growth and rise in politics, and his ambition. It is basically to set the record straight about the gentleman.

“In many cases, biopics are not helpful as quality life lessons because too much time has passed between the lifetime of the subject and the time the movie is made.

“For this reason, people simply enjoy biopics as tools of entertainment and as documentation of the history of a different time; this is where Seun Oloketuyi’s latest biopic, ‘Yahaya, the White Lion’ roars differently.”


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