The press conference of Mystery Beads will take place at Bigsam Media's office, Ikeja on Wednesday morning, 15th August, 2012, at 9am. This is an open invitation to all media houses to attend and discover more about Mystery Beads the 3D Movie. Present at the conference will be my director, Frank Adekunle Macaulay, my lead Hollywood actor, Emeka Amene (NCSI, Angel & E4 PR's new star), my lead Nollywood actress and E4 PR star, Jackie Appiah. Also in attendance will be Anthony Monjaro (pilot in Last Flight to Abuja and E4 PR's new star), Julian Nnadi (Gulder's Ultimate search and E4 PR's new star). Other stars of the movie include Ime Bishop Umo, Davies Bassey, Joseph Akahome, Frederick Leonard, Solomon Akiyesi, G-lory (singer), Ani Iyoho, Chelsea Eze (E4 PR star), Belinda Effah, Captain Cassie Idagbo, Eric Anderson, Sammy Young, Ani Iyoho and many more.
I decided to produce a paranormal movie, Mystery Beads, and used Paranormal Activity as a touchstone. It may seem far fetched, but it is my ULTIMATE DREAM to have the likes of Steven Spielberg and Oren Peli get involved in our industry, as they did when Peli's Paranormal Activity drew the attention of Spielberg, who later went on to direct a sequel . I have always believed that with hard work and determination, nothing is impossible. See an example here: http://e4pr.blogspot.com/2012/08/hollywood-weekly-magazines-nollywood.html
I asked Frank Adekunle Macaulay to direct this movie, as he is one of the best directors that I know and respect. Frank is an international director and cinematographer, who was the DOP for Gugu E Michael's Award Winning Movie, Dangerous Men and Unge's War. Dangerous Men is picking up it's trophy for BEST AFRICAN FILM, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY and BEST SCREENPLAY at the World Music and Independent Film Festival Hollywood (WMIF) to be held in DC this month and Unge's War has been nominated for best film and best cinematography at the NAFCA African Movie Awards in September 2012, in North Carolina, USA.
To read more about Frank, please click on the links below:
Mystery Beads is about Adidi Ata Ebua, a purely fictitious creation of mine, based on the legendary Calabar dreaded sea goddess, Atim Okpo Ebot.
The name, Atim Okpo Ebot, sounds creepy, as her name, translated in English language, means Atim the he-goat; more so, because Atim is a female name. How can one be a female water goddess and a he-goat at the same time? Weird. Interesting too. The entire Atim Okpo Ebot drama is claimed to have taken place at Akasoko. She is also rumoured to have the head of many animals and is imagined to look like this:
Back in those days, there was a tremendous amount of commercial and social interaction between the inhabitants of the Western Calabar river, now Uruan, particularly Esuk Ifia Onyong. According to one of the many myths, anybody that is lost in the water, is claimed to to have been taken by Atim Okpo Ebot. Another popular story about Atim Okpo Ebot was when she took Mutanda's brother called Namondo.Mutanda, a brave headstrong youth, set out on a mission to get Namondo back from Atim Okpo Ebot. A book, titled 'Mutanda Oyom Namondo' (translated:Mutanda Is Looking For Namondo), was later written about the heroic Mutanda's journey to save Namondo from Atim Okpo Ebot. The book was a best seller and was later made into a film.
Synopsis of Mystery Beads:
Emeka (Emeka Amene) was born and raised in the US. His Ibibio mum, Idara, died under mysterious circumstances while giving birth to him, so he was raised by his father, Mr Chukwu (Shedrach Nwora), and his white US step-mum.
He is studying African History at the University of Arizona and part of his course requires him to go to an African University on a one year exchange programme. During the course of his research on-line, he meets Jackie (Jackie Appiah), a History student from the University of Calabar. They bond, flirt and chat a lot on Skype and inevitably fall in love.
One day, Jackie tells him about a bi-sexual chic at her University called, Timma (singer, G-lory), that fancied her and was always making passes at her. She went on to state that about a fortnight ago, Timma cornered her in the ladies room at a fast food joint. She noticed beads on Timma's waist and in order to dissuade Timmas' amorous advances, told her that if she gave her the beads only then would she sleep with her; to her surprise and amazement, Timma took the beads off her waist and promptly put them around Jackie's waist.
Emeka is intrigued and asks to see the beads via webcam. Jackie shows him the beads and says that she loves them and has resolved never to take them off for reasons she explains, but we at this time are not privy to.
Unbeknownst to Jackie, recent US returnee, Effiom (Julian Nnadi), the delinquent son of an exorcist, Mr Henshaw (Anthony Monjaro), had earlier stolen the beads from a museum. The beads belongs to Adidi Ata Ebua and to worsen matters, Adidi Ata Ebua has a grudge against the Henshaw family, which dates back to the previous century.
Emeka decides that Unical is where he is going on his exchange programme. What he did not bargain for was that the seemingly harmless beads that Jackie was wearing on her waist, had a deadly attachment to it. Jackie is in TROUBLE and she doesn't even know it...