AY revamps comedy with 30 Days in Atlanta

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AKPOS is a Nigerian fairy-tale comic character associated with Warri, an acclaimed ‘notorious’ town in Delta State. And with 30 Days in Atlanta, a feature-length movie debut by comedy entrepreneur, Ayo Makun of the popular AY Live show, a series of notoriety of the legendary Akpos within his short stay in an American city, makes for 110 minutes cinema hall laughter.

It was not a surprising sight, to see quite a crowd at the premiere of the movie which held at the Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, penultimate Friday.
Stars of the movie such as Richard Mofe Damijo, Ramsey Nouah, Desmond Elliot, AY and Rachel Oniga were on hand to add fun to the night of glitz.

30 Days in Atlanta is an adventurous love story  spiced with lots of action and hilarious moments. Akpos (AY) wins a 30-day holiday for two to Atlanta, Georgia. He takes his cousin, Richard (Ramsey Nouah), an IT specialist on the all-expense paid trip.

Right from Warri, until he landed in Atlanta, Akpos flings his unique personality, showing-off ‘smartness and foolishness’ in an exciting mix of rhetoric and witty humour. An impromptu social commentator and self-appointed psychologist, Akpos finds relevance in everything and everyone around them.

In Atlanta, he meets three very peculiar people: Uncle Wilfred, a friend and self-acclaimed oil firm employee, and lots of ‘Fellow Nigerians’. Soon, he begins to enjoy his stay in Atlanta. His Warri accents and instincts almost turn him into a Hollywood Celebrity.
The high and low moments see Akpos falling in and out of love; breaking hearts and gets heartbroken; making mistakes and learning from them, and in the end, he remains the vintage boy from the much-talked-about Warri.

Every scene induced laughter, as the film brings to live, the popular and social media-trending Akpos character, which was created from the AY Show’s Who Wants To Be A Billionaire hilarious skits.
It will be recalled that the movie got 10 nominations at the 3rd annual Golden Icons Academic Awards (GIAMA), which held on October 25, in Houston, Texas U.S.A, winning Best Comedy Movie and Best Cinematography laurels at the event.

AY, in a statement, had expressed satisfaction that the efforts he put into making the movie paid off. He said: “I am so happy that the sleepless nights and days of shooting the movie in Nigeria and Atlanta is beginning to pay off. This is affirmation to the efforts put into the production of the movie and to celebrate the great team that worked with me on the project. The main idea was to recreate the Akpos character on the AY Show’s `Who Wants to Be a Billionaire Segment’. “It was also to establish the AY brand as an actor and a producer in the movie industry”.

Other celebrities at the premiere include Fred Amata, Ada Ameh, Joseph Benjamin, Julius Agwu, Alibaba, Gbenga Adeyinka, Omoni Oboli, Rukky Sanda, Yemi Alade, Yvonne Jegede, Daniella Okereke, Gbenro Ajibade, Osas Ighodalo, Melvin, Ik Ogbona, Lancelot Imasuen, Hafiz Oyetoro and Elvis Chuks among others.

The movie is currently showing in cinemas around the country.

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