20th July, 2011
When in 2009, Funke Akindele released the first of the sequel, Jenifa, it was like a breath of fresh air in Nollywood. Though the cinema culture was not as pronounced then as it is now, a lot of people were receptive to the movie locally and internationally. Official and unofficial records reveal that the movie sold over 8million copies.
While some speculated that Akindele was only lucky with Jenifa, she reproduced the success in Omo Ghetto, the hilarious movie that portrayed Jenifa as Omo Olomo born by Baba Oni Baba.
Convinced that the actress cum producer is good at what she does, movie lovers, in and out of Nigeria, eagerly await the arrival of the much hyped The Return of Jenifa, the latest in the Jenifa movies.
Come 23 September, after a successful shoot in and out of the country, The Return of Jenifa is all set to be premiered at the MUSON Centre in Lagos.
From that day, the new work will be in cinemas across the country; later the movie will be premiered in the United States and United Kingdom.
Showbiz Trends learnt that the exciting movie has already attracted the support of big brands like Lagos State government and Globacom. Many other corporate bodies are in talks with the producer of the movie.
The Return of Jenifa features music and movie stars like Antar Laniyan, Eldee the Don, Banky W, Denrele, Iyabo Ojo, Ireti Osayemi, Helen Paul, Late Comedian CD John, Omawumi, Yinka Quadri and many more.
Directed by DJ Tee, The Return of Jenifa resolves the suspense that enveloped Jenifaâ€™s exploits. She registered to participate in a dancing competition but when asked to undergo an HIV test as requirement for the competition, Jenifa fled unsure of her status.
There is a silence as to the repercussion of Jenifaâ€™s excesses, especially her HIV status. Jenifa becomes her own antagonist by being evasive. She withdrew from the society she once ruled and relocated back to her village.
While in the village, she does not stop being her crazy self. But in the end, she learns life is not all about being a Gbogbo Bigs Girls.