Nigerian filmmaker, Kingsley Paul Ukaegbu is a bitter man after the premiere of his latest movie, “See Through Me”, all but flopped.
During its recent premiere at The Hub cinema in Kampala, Ukaegbu was left cursing his gods as the highly-hyped film pulled less than 100 people.
“What sort of country is this where people cannot pay Shs 50,000 to attend a movie premiere?” Ukaegbu lamented as he stared at the empty auditorium. “I have never seen anything like this in my entire 20-year career. This is shameful to Uganda.”
Ukaegbu, who now says he will never return to the Pearl of Africa, expected to bank on the hot-cake Ugandan mood for Nigerian movies, only that he ignored precedent. This was the second time the experienced filmmaker burnt his fingers in Uganda. In January, he got a small audience as he premiered his first collaborative film with Ugandans, “Shadows of Fate”.
“I will never hold another premiere in Uganda. I will be taking my films back to Nigeria where people understand the value of cinema,” Ukaegbu declared.