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Ebuka Njoku’s Family Drama, “ỤNỌ”, Set for Release in Early 2024

Ebuka Njoku’s Family Drama, “ỤNỌ”, Set for Release in Early 2024

ỤNỌ (the F in Family) - Ebuka Njoku - Afrocritik

ỤNỌ is produced alongside Lorenzo Menakaya, with Neec Nonso and Keazyto as co-producers. The film is expected to be released in 2024.

By Helena Olori

After the success of his first feature-length film, Yahoo+, Nigerian filmmaker, Ebuka Njoku, is gearing up for the release of his much-anticipated second project, ỤNỌ (The F in Family).

In an exclusive statement to Afrocritik, Njoku says he aims to release the film in cinemas next year. Now in its post-production phase, the upcoming title is a blend of family drama and romantic comedy that shines light on the joys, bonds, and imperfections that define the 21st-century Nigerian family.

ỤNỌ (the F in Family) is going to be totally different from Yahoo +.  For Yahoo +, the idea was to create a nightmare. For ỤNỌ (the F in Family), we’re aiming at sweetness”, says Njoku, teasing the film’s plot via a post on X

ỤNỌ (the F in Family) - Ebuka Njoku - Afrocritik
Stills from ỤNỌ (the F in Family)

Stills from ỤNỌ (the F in Family) - Afrocritik

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Set in Enugu, the heart of Eastern Nigeria, the film’s plot unfolds over the course of a day, as an eccentric young man, Junior (played by Keezyto, Yahoo+) attempts to introduce his fiancée to his family after a decade of estrangement. Little does he know that this seemingly simple act will put both his relationship and family through a test of fire.

ỤNỌ boasts relatable characters and humorous banter brought to life with stellar performances from industry veterans – Nkem Owoh and Jennifer Eliogu – alongside rising stars Keezyto, Sophia Chisom, Tomi Ojo, Abayomi Alvin, Dj Capello, and Chimamanda Ukwueze. 

Stills from ỤNỌ (the F in Family) - Afrocritik
On the set of ỤNỌ (the F in Family)

Stills from ỤNỌ (the F in Family) - Ebuka Njoku - Afrocritik

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The film embraces the linguistic richness of Eastern Nigeria, blending Igbo, Pidgin English, and Nigerian English to create a culturally authentic experience.

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Njoku, serving as the producer, director, and writer, draws from his roots in telling the story.  The fast-rising filmmaker has been passionate about storytelling since age 12 and has won several accolades, including the Homevida National Short Script competition in 2013. Yahoo+, his directorial debut, was widely received as one of the best Nigerian films of 2022, and it won the Best Narrative Feature award at the Eastern Nigeria International Film Festival.

ỤNỌ is produced alongside Lorenzo Menakaya, with Neec Nonso and Keazyto as co-producers. The film is expected to be released in 2024. The film’s production is helmed by Njoku’s Aguocho, in partnership with The Lorenzo Menakaya Company, Cut & Join Studious, Media 23, The Kreative Mindz, Freeman Productionz, Dinta, and Online Hustle TV. Further details about the film’s distribution will be shared in the coming days.

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