Filmmaker tells IBB’s story in biopic film, ‘Badamosi’ – Vanguard News

The of former , Ibrahim Babangida popularly known as IBB, has been documented in a , ‘Badamosi: Portrait of a General’.

The , written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker, Emelonye, explores Babangida’s story from up to his run as the of State, also touching several key points in ’s history.

Babangida was Head of State from Aug. 27, 1985, to Aug. 26, 1993. He previously served as the of staff from January 1984 to August 1985.

He was a key in most of the military coups in Nigeria (July 1966, February 1976, December 1983, August 1985, December 1985 and April 1990) and notably moved the seat of power from to in 1991.

In an with the Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, the filmmaker explained the inspiration behind the film and its importance in -day Nigeria.

Emelonye said: “I decided to use the IBB story to explore our history and our political .

“In a film, what creates is conflict. If are such an easy-going, quiet person, nobody would want to make a film about which explains the hundreds of made about .

“It tells you that the more complex a character, the better their be for the film.

“So we started looking for stories of Nigerian leaders that can be used to explore our history. The story of Babangida stood out,” he said.

Emelonye also said that it was to get Babangida’s authorisation and perspective while making the film to increase authenticity.

He said: “I wanted to make it authorised. I wanted his participation because that is what will make it more interesting.

“This is because most stories are already in the domain and will be no point to make a film about it.

“The only thing missing is his personal perspective which we don’t have. For me, his participation was the determining and distinguishing factor,” he added.

On the portrayal of Babangida in the film, Emelonye noted that in history, differ hence the need to document from Babangida’s perspective.

He said: “Whatever came out as a persona of Babangida was a function of the from news outlets.

“What I did with this film was to dig deeper into the psyche of the man himself to find his perspective to the we already know in the public domain,” Emelonye said.

NAN reports that the trailer of the film, starring Eyinna Nwigwe in the titular role, has been sparking several on as the premiere draws .

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