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‘Dust to Dreams’: Idris Elba to Direct Star-studded Film with Nigeria’s Mo Abudu

Details about the plot are still under wraps, but the film promises an engaging story set in the bustling city of Lagos, Nigeria, focusing on the relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter as they navigate meeting the father for the first time.

Acclaimed British actor, Idris Elba, has announced his plans to write and direct a short film titled “Dust to Dreams,” with the support of Nigerian superproducer, Mo Abudu.

Elba, a Golden Globe-winning actor, whose illustrious career spans memorable roles in critically acclaimed series like ‘Luther’ and ‘The Wire’, made this announcement during the prestigious NAACP Image Awards on March 16. The film, he said, highlights Nigeria’s cultural and cinematic landscape.

It is also a narrative journey and a testament to Elba’s ongoing dedication to the growth of the creative economy across Africa.

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Details about the plot are still under wraps, but the film promises an engaging story set in the bustling city of Lagos, Nigeria, focusing on the relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter as they navigate meeting the father for the first time.

The anticipation surrounding “Dust to Dreams” is heightened by the involvement of Mo Abudu, a titan in Nigerian media known for her transformative work with EbonyLife Films.

Abudu’s influence extends beyond the screen, as Forbes has recognized her as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman” and featured among “The 25 Most Powerful Women in Global Television” by The Hollywood Reporter. Her collaboration with Elba marks a significant milestone in their shared global mission to elevate African talent.

Adding to the film’s allure is its cast, which boasts an impressive lineup of stars. The internationally acclaimed music artist Seal is set to bring his charismatic presence to the film alongside celebrated Nollywood actresses Eku Edewor and Atlanta Bridget Johnson. The film will also introduce audiences to Constance Olatunde, known by her stage name “Konstance,” a former Nigerian Idol contestant making her cinematic debut.

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“Dust to Dreams” emerges from a partnership between Elba and Abudu’s EbonyLife Films, announced last year, to nurture emerging talent and support the creative industries across Africa. This initiative is further bolstered by the support of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) through its Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) program, underlining the project’s commitment to creative and economic empowerment within the continent.

Abudu, expressing her enthusiasm for the project said she was “delighted to work with Afreximbank and this incredibly talented team. ‘Dust to Dreams’ is a story close to my heart, and I’m thrilled to bring it to life with such passionate collaborators.”

Elba, of Sierra Leonean and Ghanaian heritage, brings to “Dust to Dreams” not only his acclaimed directorial eye—first showcased in his 2018 feature directorial debut, “Yardie,” a British crime drama—but also a personal connection to the continent’s diverse narratives and a profound commitment to its artistic representation.

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