Bauchi Gov. Mohammed Abubakar Features In Nollywood Movie

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Call it passion and you’re not far the truth about governor Mohammed Abubakar who will play the role of governor in an upcoming Nollywood film, titled Up North.

The Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, is not only an avid supporter of Nollywood, he also possesses ‘hidden’ acting skills- who knew?

In a thread on twitter, CEO of Anakle Films, Editi Effiòng, explains the connection between himself and the Governor before and during the making of his latest project ‘Up North‘.

According to him, in 2017 when he was returning from Bauchi, he met the governor on a plane and discussed his plan of shooting a film in Bauchi.

According to Editi the governor provided everything he needed for filming, including organizing a dubar and his personal convoy for the film.

The Governor also auditioned to act as the governor in the film, sighting his desire to encourage the young people who want to go into Nollywood.

See his tweets below:

“So this happened. The governor of Bauchi ( @GovMAA ) was on set to support #UpNorthTheFilm , but that’s not the story.”
– @Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong)

“In mid-2017, I was returning from a story research trip from Bauchi, when I met the him on the plane.

I told him I’m working on a film to be shot in Bauchi, and his first reaction was “What do you need?””
– @Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong)

“Over the next couple of weeks, the governor called at least once a week to check how preps went, and assigned an officer to help us get the access we needed.

It turned out every hotel in Bauchi was booked out for half the time we were going to be here, so offered us Yankari!”
– @Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong)

“We arrived in Bauchi just after the governor had left for Umrah in Saudi Arabia, which meant some of the instructions he left behind would fall through administrative cracks.

So he would check in every 2-3 days to ensure things were going well, and fix any problems we had.”
– @Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong)

“Rewind – about the time we started pre-production, the governor asked if he could read the script.

When he saw we needed to show a Durbar, he introduced me to the emir, and got us permission to shoot at the emir’s palace.

So we have the real emir of Bauchi in #UpNorthTheFilm”
– @Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong)

“Then he asked if he can audition to play the governor in the film (we had a governor character). I objected, but the director said we should give him a shot.

That’s how come we have a sitting governor playing a role in #UpNorthTheFilm”
– @Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong)

“When I asked @GovMAA why he’s so invested in the film, he said “I’m trying to diversify my state economy, and I’ve been begging Nollywood people to come and make films here. I have to support you guys, so you can go tell others. Also, you’re employing a lot of Bauchi people.””
– @Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong)

“On why he wanted the role in the film “You know, some parents think people who work in film and entertainment are bad people. If I am in a film, it will set an example and encourage the young people who want to go into film as a career”.

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