9th March, 2011
The Dagrin Movie Project recently got a major boost as the producer of the movie, Ope Banwo acquired the exact Nissan Maxima in which Dagrin had the ill-fated accident that led to his death.
Sources said Banwo, boss of Stingomania Limited, took the decision to use the Nissan Maxima with the customized plate number â€˜Dagrin 03â€™ so that for justice to be done to the movie and give it a real make believe.
â€œIt is necessary to use the exact car in which Dagrin had the accident in recreating the fatal accident,â€ said the source.
It is said that the car which had been sold to scrap dealers in Owode Onirin. Lagos State, was first priced at N1 million, a price Banwo found too high. But due to the importance of the car to the development of the story, Banwo was said to have continued with the negotiation.
He was said to have brought Rachael Oniga, a member of the cast who plays Dagrinâ€™s mom in the movie, into the negotiation. Oniga, through her contacts in the market, was able to convince the traders to sell the scrap for half a million naira.
When asked why he is spending so much money on a car that was damaged beyond repairs, Banwo, a lawyer and former boss of Dove Media said: â€œOnce you decide to do a biopic, there are some things you have to do to create as much realism of the real story as possible. There are some things you should not compromise as a producer if you really believe in doing your best for your audience.â€
On what he would do with the N400,000 worth of scrap metal once the movie is done, Banwo said he is not sure right now. But he may probably donate the car to the museum since the Dagrin accident has become a national event.
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