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Top Nigerian Filmmaker Mo Abudu Makes His Directorial Debut

Nigeria’s finest filmmaker, Mosunmola Abudu, known as Mo Abudu, has announced her foray into filmmaking with two short films; ‘Her Perfect Life’ and Iyawo Mi’ (My Wife), a predominantly Yoruba language film.

In a statement to unveil the production, she said, “I believe in learning and understanding any major assignment I take on. Directing is an art form that takes years to master, so I start with small steps. I have written two short films which I will direct – Her Perfect Life and Iyawo Mi (My Wife)”.

“Although these stories are fictional, they shine a light on the mental health issues, which are barely talked about in Nigerian society, that many people face around the world. Mental health issues can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, income or social class, and they are on the rise,” she said in an Instagram post.

In one of the shorts, Her Perfect Life, 39-year-old Onajite Johnson-Ibrahim appears to have the perfect life – a thriving career, a growing business, a loving husband and two bright, beautiful children. Why does she want to stop everything?

In Iyawo Mi (My Wife), Kunle returns home one evening to find a horror awaiting him. His wife, Eniola, seems to have gone mad; hallucinating, screaming at their children and neighbors and threatening to kill everyone. Kunle takes matters into her own hands, with tragic consequences.

Her Perfect Life stars Pearl Thusi and Joseph Benjamin, supported by Omawunmi Dada, Uzo Osimpka, Christian Paul and Mary Lazarus. The cast of Iyawo Mi (My Wife) includes Adedimeji Lateef, Bolaji Ogunmola, Segun Arinze, and Jude Chukwuka.

For both films, Mo Abudu, Bola Atta, Wale Tinubu, Shola Akinlade, Pearl Thusi and Nonos Okpala serve as executive producers, with Heidi Uys serving as supervising producer.

As an executive producer, Mo has some of the biggest blockbusters in Nigerian cinema under her belt, including The Wedding Party, Chief Daddy, Your Excellency and The Royal Hibiscus Hotel. As part of a major deal with Netflix, his hits include Castle & Castle, Oloture and Blood Sisters which still top the charts on the streaming platform.