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‘House of Ga’a’ with Funke Akindele coming to Netflix

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'House of Ga'a' with Funke Akindele coming to Netflix

‘House of Ga’a’ with Funke Akindele coming to Netflix

Netflix is gearing up for an exciting July with the release of the highly anticipated biopic “House of Ga’a,” directed by Bolanle Austen-Peters. Set to debut on July 26, 2024, this film promises to be a riveting portrayal of one of Nigeria’s most notorious historical figures. The streaming giant made the announcement via Instagram on Thursday, June 20, 2024, also sharing exclusive behind-the-scenes images that have sparked considerable buzz.

The Instagram post read, “Witness the rise and fall of a ruthless kingmaker. House of Ga’a is coming to Netflix, July 26,” accompanied by a series of never-before-seen photos from the set, which have only heightened the anticipation for the film.

“House of Ga’a” recounts the compelling story of Bashorun Gaha, a prominent figure in the 18th-century Oyo Empire. Known for his cunning and ruthless use of deceit and voodoo, Gaha wielded immense power, often to the detriment of those around him. His reign as the Bashorun (prime minister) of the Oyo Empire is a significant yet dark chapter in Yoruba history, and this biopic aims to bring his story to a wider audience.

The star-studded cast features some of Nollywood’s finest talents, including Femi Branch, Mike Afolarin, Funke Akindele, Toyin Abraham, Ibrahim Chatta, Dele Odule, Bimbo Manuel, Lateef Adedimeji, and Femi Adebayo. Additionally, the film includes performances by Gabriel Afolayan, Jide ‘JBlaze’ Oyegbile, Seun Akindele, Yemi Blaq, Adeniyi Johnson, Muyiwa Ademola, William Benson, Gbenga Titiloye, and Kunle Coker. Each actor brings a unique depth to their roles, promising a gripping and authentic portrayal of historical events.

Bolanle Austen-Peters, renowned for her dedication to telling culturally significant stories, has increasingly focused on biopics as a means to educate and inspire. In an interview with Pulse Nigeria, she expressed the importance of preserving and sharing Nigeria’s rich historical narratives. “For me, growing up, you hear a lot about American heroes, you hear about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and Winnie Mandela. You’re asking yourself, ‘Where are the Nigerian heroes?’ It’s important that we begin to tell those stories. A lot of our children do not have that historical perspective. They don’t get these stories, because we’re not producing enough of them.”

Austen-Peters’ previous work includes the biopic of Funmilayo Ransom-Kuti, a notable political activist. Her films strive not only to entertain but also to educate the younger generation about the figures who have shaped Nigeria’s history. With “House of Ga’a,” she continues this mission, hoping to shed light on the complexities of power, legacy, and morality within the context of Yoruba heritage.

The behind-the-scenes images released by Netflix offer a glimpse into the meticulous production design and the dedication of the cast and crew. The visuals hint at the elaborate costumes, period-accurate settings, and the intense performances that audiences can expect. Funke Akindele, one of Nollywood’s most beloved actresses, is seen in character, her expressions capturing the gravity and intensity of the role she plays. Other cast members are shown in various states of preparation, underscoring the collaborative effort behind bringing this historical narrative to life.

The anticipation for “House of Ga’a” is palpable, with fans eagerly awaiting the film’s release. The combination of Austen-Peters’ directorial vision, a powerful script, and a stellar cast sets the stage for what could be one of Nollywood’s most impactful films of the year. The story of Bashorun Gaha is one that resonates with themes of ambition, power, and the human condition, making it a timeless tale that is sure to captivate audiences worldwide.

As the premiere date approaches, the excitement continues to build. “House of Ga’a” is not just a film; it is a cultural milestone that aims to reconnect viewers with a pivotal moment in Nigerian history. Through the lens of cinema, Austen-Peters invites audiences to explore the intricacies of the Oyo Empire, the enigmatic character of Bashorun Gaha, and the broader implications of his actions on the Yoruba people.

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