Mirror Boy was one of the highly anticipated movies in 2010, starring Genevieve Nnaji. Great movie, as seen through the eyes of a London-born 12 year old boy, by the name Tijani. The synopsis of the movie goes like this: Tijani, gets involved in a street fight in which a boy is hurt, convinced that Tijani needs discipline, Teema, his mum decides to take him to the Gambia to live with her sister.
On their arrival in Banjul, Tijani encounters what he considers to be a simple apparition- a boy smiling at him in a mirror and vanishing afterward. However, seeing the same boy in a crowded street market the next day sets in motion a chain of events that culminates in him getting lost. While the panic-stricken Teema struggles with the Police Force to find her son in an intriguing game of survival brinkmanship, Tijani is left alone in the company of the enigmatic MIRROR BOY who is only visible to him. As a bruising spiritual rite of passage, the Mirror Boy takes Tijani on a magical journey through the dark belly of the forest.
Facts About the Movie
The Venue of the movie was originally set for Nigeria, but was later moved to Gambia because the Cross Rivers State Government was unable to provide the Nollywood film company with competitive rates and logistics to shoot the film in Nigeria. Miraculously, from nowhere, the Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, a big fan of Nigerian movies came to the rescue. According to sources, President Yahya Jammeh, could not hide his love for one of the actresses, who featured in the movie, London based Gambian, Fatimah Jabbie, also, a deal broker between then president and Nollywood. President Yahya Jammeh, gave close to 300,000 pounds sterling to the movie industry in Nigeria, amidst the face of massive unemployment and economy hardship in his country. But not so fast! The President ensured that Gambia’s beautiful landscape and culture was captured in the making of the film and that the trailer movie met the deadline for a state function in Gambia. Now that’s what I call, movie of the year!
The movie was produced by OH Films in association with The Nollywood Film Factory. Starring Genevieve Nnaji, Osita Iheme, Edward Kaguzuti, Fatime Jabbe with Victor Carvahlo, John Charles Njie, Momodu Musa Cisse and Felix Cisse.
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In this Photo: Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh