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Ijele masquerade steals the spotlight on Mena Ajakpovi’s movie set



Ijele masquerade steals the spotlight on Mena Ajakpovi's movie set

Ijele masquerade steals the spotlight on Mena Ajakpovi’s movie set

In a captivating behind-the-scenes moment on the set of the upcoming film “Ijele (The Good Bad Wife),” excitement surged as an iconic figure made a rare appearance. The movie, helmed by the acclaimed producer Winifred Mena Ajakpovi, witnessed a unique highlight with the live presence of the renowned Ijele masquerade, adding an extra layer of cultural richness to the filming experience in Lagos. Hailing all the way from Igbariam in Anambra State, the Ijele graced the set, mesmerizing cast and crew alike.

Ajakpovi, the creative force behind the acclaimed “4-4-44” movie, shed light on the significance of the Ijele’s cameo. As the daughter of the former Onowu of Igbariam, she holds a deep-rooted connection to the cultural heritage of her hometown. This familial tie granted her the privilege of securing the Ijele’s participation, symbolizing wealth, royalty, and strength.

“Ijele signifies wealth, royalty, and strength. So the story is culture-rich, and we used the Ijele because it is a story of wealth and strength,” Ajakpovi explained, underscoring the thematic resonance between the movie and the revered masquerade.

Encouraging anticipation for the movie’s release, Ajakpovi extended an invitation to audiences to witness the authentic portrayal of the Ijele masquerade on the silver screen. She emphasized that “Ijele (The Good Bad Wife)” is more than just a cinematic experience; it’s an immersive journey into the heart of Igbo culture, with universal themes that resonate not only in Nigeria but across the African continent.

As the buzz around the movie intensifies, glimpses of the Ijele’s presence on set continue to captivate audiences, offering a tantalizing preview of the cultural tapestry woven into the fabric of Ajakpovi’s latest cinematic masterpiece.

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