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About Royal Hibiscus Hotel

The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is a romantic comedy about a couple, Segun and Rose Adeniyi, who run a charming, but run-down, boutique hotel in Lagos, Nigeria. In desperation, Segun decides to sell the hotel without his wife’s knowledge, as a way of settling all their debts. Their daughter, Opeoluwa, is living in London, working a dead-end job while trying to open her own restaurant. When Ope decides to return to Nigeria, Mom and Dad are elated for different reasons. Dad wants her to sign the papers to sell the hotel she is destined to inherit, while Mom can’t wait to marry her off. Meanwhile, Ope meets Deji, a charming young businessman with a secret that threatens her plans to restore the hotel’s fortunes. Can love survive deception and will Ope manage to fulfill her dreams?

Passion can take you far but love will bring you home.

The Team

Mo Abudu
Executive Producer

An entrepreneur with a predilection for television, Mo launched EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first global black entertainment and lifestyle network in 2013. In her quest to change global perception about Africa, Mo took the plunge into filmmaking, with the creation of EbonyLife Films.

Temidayo Abudu
Producer

Temidayo is a producer at EbonyLife TV who debuted her career with a successful series, On the Real. She went on to produce entertainment and talk shows for the channel. In 2017, she took on the role of junior producer on two feature films, Royal
Hibiscus Hotel and The Wedding Party 2. Temidayo has a passion for creating stories related to the youth of her generation.

Priscilla Nwanah
Producer

Pris has over ten years’ experience producing/directing TV shows including Project Fame West Africa, Nigerian Idol and Malta Guinness Street Dance. For the last four years, she has worked as a Senior Producer/Director for EbonyLife TV, where she has created and produced a number of programmes, ranging from reality to lifestyle, entertainment and, most recently, producing two feature films for EbonyLife.

Funmi Victor-Okigbo
Art Director

Funmi is the lead production designer at No Surprises Event Architects, a design-led event production and management agency in Lagos, Nigeria. She has over 12 years’ experience working with corporate clients across diverse industries such as information technology, entertainment, media, banking and consumer goods. Her debut as an Art Director was for The Wedding Party 2, to be released in December 2017.

Ishaya Bako
Director

Ishaya’s passion for filmmaking cuts across fiction and documentary narratives. He studied filmmaking at the London Film School and has since gone on to direct over a dozen short films and two award-winning documentary shorts. His films have been screened at film festivals in Seattle, Durban, New York, London, Lagos and Clermont-Ferrand.
Ishaya’s feature film debut came in 2015 with the romantic thriller, Road to Yesterday.

Trevor Brown SASC
Director of Photography

During a career spanning more than 30 years, Trevor acquired valuable skills in all formats including stills, 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, video and digital cinematography; filming and lighting documentaries, wildlife, music promos, commercials; and subsequently specialising in narrative filmmaking.

The Cast

Zainab Balogun
Ope

Zainab is an actor, model and TV presenter. She has had roles in The Dark Knight Rises and blockbuster feature film The Wedding Party, as ‘Wonu’, a neurotic wedding planner. She has appeared in series like Knock Knock, Verdict, Before 30, Head Over Heels and Material Girl. She was a pioneer host on EbonyLife TV’s EL Now, and co-produced and hosted The Spot, another hit show on EbonyLife.

Kenneth Okolie
Deji

Kenneth is a model and actor who first caught public attention in 2010, when he won Mr. Nigeria and was a runner-up in Mr. World. Screen credits so far include Gbomo Gbomo Express and The Department.

Joke Silva
Augustina

Joke is an actress and producer, with a career that has spanned over three decades. She studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts, was part of several radio dramas and worked briefly at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Some of her work includes Potato-Potahto, Timeless, The Secret Laughter of Women, Phone Swap, Tango with Me and White Waters. She is the managing director of Malete Film Village in Kwara State, Nigeria.

Olu Jacobs
Richard

Olu is an award-winning actor, writer, stage director and producer. An alumnus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, his body of work spans fifty years. He has appeared in 300 movies and has worked with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Jide Kosoko
Chief Segun Adeniyi

Jide began his career as a child actor in Makanjuola in 1964. He has featured in more than 80 English and Yoruba language movies, with recent roles in Out of Luck, The Department, Doctor Bello and Last Flight to Abuja. His television credits include Gidi Up.

Deyemi Okanlawon
Martin

Deyemi is best known for his roles in the TV series Gidi Up and An African City, as well as the movies If Tomorrow Comes and Road to Yesterday. He has made cameo appearances in music videos, including No Be You by Waje and Soldier by Falz The Bahd Guy.

Akah Nnani
Tobem

Akah is an actor, content creator and a television host. He started a YouTube channel called Akah Bants and currently hosts an online show called The Shade Room.

Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju
Chika

Lala is an award-winning actor, producer and casting director with over 10 years’ experience. She has produced Dazzling Mirage, Kunle Afolayan’s The CEO, and Biyi Bandele’s Fifty. Lala is the curator and founder of Open Mic Theatre, a hub for actors, directors, writers and all lovers of the performing arts.

Ini Dima Okojie
Joyce

Ini is a graduate of the New York Film Academy. She made her acting debut as ‘Feyisayo’ in Taste of Love, and got her breakout role as ‘Hadiza’, alongside actor O.C. Ukeje in North East. Currently, Ini plays the role of ‘Faridah’ in popular EbonyLife TV series On the Real.

Toni Tones
Esther

Toni is an actress, musician and fashion photographer. She has starred in It’s Her Day, Rumour Has It, Gidi Culture and Still Single in Gidi. She has hit songs such as Hey Boy and I Know What You Like.

Racheal Oniga
Rose Adeniyi

Rachael began her acting career in 1993 with a movie titled Onome. She has featured in over 90 films, including Sango, Out of Bounds, Doctor Bello and 30 Days in Atlanta, and Wale Adenuga‘s Super Story.

OC Ukeje
Felix

OC is an award-winning actor whose work has included The Arbitration, Half of a Yellow Sun, Gidi Up and EbonyLife’s Dowry.

Philippe Roche
Charles

Philippe is an experienced sound and lighting engineer who is in his first acting role. He has worked with Kora awards, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival, Calabar International Festival and Carnival, Fela on Broadway (2011), FELA the concert (2017) and a host of others.

Lota Chukwu
Seyi

Lota is an actor and model. She studied acting at the Royal Arts Academy and got her big break as ‘Kiki’ in the 2014 hit, Jenifa’s Diary. She has featured in Iyore, Falling, The Arbitration, Fine Girl, Dognapped, On the RealTears of Love and Studio113.

Emmanuel Ilemobayo
Musa

Emmanuel is an actor, model, author and artist. He has featured in TV series such as The Johnsons, Super Story, So Wrong So Wright and Madam Sarah’s House, and movies like Mummy Dearest, Slow Country, Green White Green and Perfect Imperfections.

Charles Inojie
Chef

Charles is an actor, scriptwriter and director. Known for his comic roles, he has featured in several Nollywood movies. Currently, he plays a lead role in the popular sitcom, The Johnsons, where he doubles as the director of the show for its third season.

Koye Kekere Ekun
Mike T

Koye is a lawyer, content creator, compere and actor. He gained popularity from posting funny skits on his Instagram page. He has made appearances on The Sauce, an online show and a new web series, Inspector K.

Karibi Fubara
Kelechi

Karibi is an actor, model and producer. A graduate of the Terry Schreiber Acting Conservatory, he played the lead in the Othello ‘sequel’, Fortune of the Moor, and had a recurring role on the international daytime soap opera, One Life to Live. His has featured in the movies Crazy Like A Fox and American Dream, and the TV series Gidi Up, Before 30 and HUSH.

Pearl Watts
Mrs Hickenlooper

Pearl is an actress, model and fashion designer. She started acting in 2015 and has already featured in Allison’s Stand, Dere, Life 101, Hush, Indigo, Middlemen, Unayi Police Station and The Book.

Bucci Franklin
Bell Boy

Bucci is an actor, model and on-air personality, who has made appearances in Tinsel, I Said I Do, Written in the Stars and Living Arrangements.

EbonyLife Films

EbonyLife TV and EbonyLife Films are dedicated to telling the full range of African stories as they have never been told before.

Among many other inspirations and influences for the creation of EbonyLife TV, EbonyLife Films and now FIFTY was the advice given by the former United States Secretary of State; Hillary Clinton where she encouraged, Mo Abudu, the CEO of EbonyLife TV and EbonyLife Film, that the only way to change the negative perceptions of foreign media about Africa was for her to create platforms to tell Africa’s positive stories through the influence of our media. Only then can we tell Africa’s stories through the lenses of hope.

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