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Idris Elba to Direct ‘Dust to Dreams’: A Nigeria-Set Short Film Produced by Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife & Afreximbank

Idris Elba to Direct 'Dust to Dreams': A Nigeria-Set Short Film Produced by Mo Abudu's EbonyLife & Afreximbank

Renowned actor Idris Elba, known for his roles in “Luther” and “Hijack,” is set to make his directorial mark in the upcoming short film “Dust to Dreams.” The star-studded cast includes singer Seal, along with Nollywood luminaries Nse Ikpe-Etim, Eku Edewor, Atlanta Bridget Johnson, and former Nigerian Idol contestant Constance Olatunde.

“Dust to Dreams” emerges as a collaboration between Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Films and the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) through its Creative Africa Nexus (Canex) initiative. The narrative unfolds against the vibrant backdrop of Lagos, Nigeria, delving into the intricate dynamics of a mother-daughter relationship as they navigate the poignant moment of meeting the father for the first time.

Created by Mo Abudu, the film is written and directed by Idris Elba, with Abudu serving as both executive producer and producer, alongside Heidi Uys as supervising producer. The project also sees the involvement of producers Temidayo Makanjuola, Inem King, and Vanessa Demme.

Idris Elba, a Golden Globe winner of Sierra Leonean and Ghanaian heritage, and Mo Abudu, a Nigerian media mogul, announced their collaborative venture last year, aiming to nurture emerging talent from Africa and curate a slate of African films and TV shows. Elba’s directorial debut in the 2018 movie “Yardie” paved the way for his continued exploration of filmmaking.

Seal, a multi-Grammy winner and former judge on “America’s Got Talent,” brings his dramatic prowess to the screen, building on his previous roles, including appearances in “Me Time” and “The Passion.”

Afreximbank, a pan-African multilateral financial institution established in the early ’90s under the auspices of the African Development Bank, underscores its commitment to fostering Africa’s creative economy through collaborations like the one with EbonyLife Films.

Mo Abudu expressed her enthusiasm for the collaboration, emphasizing the personal significance of “Dust to Dreams” and the joy of working with such a talented team. Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of Afreximbank, echoed this sentiment, highlighting the institution’s dedication to supporting Africa’s creative industries through various initiatives, including the Canex Programme.