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Nigeria’s foremost filmmaker, Tunde Kelani has unveiled the poster and cast of his next movie, Dazzling Mirage. The movie parades A-list actors like Kunle Afolayan and Yomi Fash-Lanso. For Afolayan, it is a return to where it all started. His first shot at Kelani’s movie is Saworoide(2004) in which he starred as Aresejabata alongside Khabirat Kafidipe (Araparegangan). Dazzling Mirage’s official poster was launched by Mainframe Productions in Lagos last Wednesday. The new film is written by Olayinka Abimbola Egbokhare and adapted for screen by Ade Solanke. It is a love story marked by acts of betrayal and loyalty such as in the life of a typical sickle cell person. Kelani hinted that the film is presently at the final stage of pre-production while filming will start on August 14, 2013.

“We believe the production of the film is of utmost importance as it is estimated that about 500,000 children are born annually with sickle cell disease worldwide and 50% will die before they attain the age of 5 years. In Nigeria specifically, more than 40 million carry the trait and 150,000 children are born yearly with the disease.
For Kunle Afolayan it is another homecoming. “I’ m very excited to work with my boss and father again. I’ m more excited because it’s over a decade we worked together on actor director basis. I’m really looking forward to the shoot.
Speaking on his debut in Mainframe’s production popular actor, Yomi Fash Lanso, said it is a great privilege. “Tunde Kelani’s antecedent in filmmaking speaks volume so it will be a great thing to work with him. It is such a great privilege for me because when you are talking about filmmaking in Nigeria, he’s a reference point and year-in, year- out he has been there, not relenting or resting on his oars, promoting our rich cultural heritage. I’m sure it will be an experience.
Besides entertainment, Dazzling Mirage, will bring much-needed attention to the Sickle Cell disorder and also provide guidance to Sickle Cell persons and their families on how to enjoy full lives in spite of the disorder.

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