Americanah – Concept Trailer

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Three vast continents, two revolutionary lovers, one epic story.

Based on the award winning novel, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, this is Americanah- A magnificient story adapted and directed for the screen by Uche Aguh, and produced by 55Media.

Americanah tells the tale of a young love torn apart by the perils of migration and the constant search for greener pastures. It is a deeply moving and profound story that challenges the idea of race, class, nationality, and socio-economic status. For its protagonist, Adichie, has written a marvelous character in Ifemelu- A young girl, brilliant and unapologetic, uprooted from her home in Lagos, Nigeria and transplanted, in North America. Her identity becomes questionable, when she realizes suddenly that she now bears the label of a Black-American.

This concept trailer is a direct pitch to the producers (Plan B, Lupita Nyong’o, Potboiler) of the feature film currently in development, for consideration in the areas of writing and directing (Uche Aguh) and cinematography (Dennis Schmitz) as well as the featured actors involved in the production.

This concept was shot over a period of seven days, on location in London, with an exact budget of $0.00.

Isio Esiekpe- Ifemelu
Damola Adelaja- Obinze
Jamila Wingett- Kosi
Uche Aguh- Blaine
Freddie Scobey- Curt
Winston Sarpong- Kayode
Daniel Annoh- Dike (Teenage)
Jinmi Onabolu- Dike (Child)
Fatima Hernandez- Ginika

Cinematography: Dennis Schmitz
Editing: Dennis Schmitz and Uche Aguh
Music arrangement: Uche Aguh
Music composition:
– Chopin- Etude Op. 25, Nocturne No.1 Op.9
– Fela Kuti- Upside down
– Area Scatter- Uwa marala Oka Ome

Special thanks to Damola Adelaja and the Adelaja family for their contributions to this project, and Andrew Gourlay as well.

Media coverage:

FIRST LOOK: ‘Americanah’ – Isio Esiekpe, Damola Adelaja, Jamila Wingett, Uche Aguh, Freddie Scobey, Winston Sarpong, Daniel Annoh, Jinmi Onabolu & Fatima Hernandez

Watch: The Concept Trailer For Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘Americanah’

Checkout The Concept Trailer For Chimamanda Adichie’s ‘Americanah’ by Uche Aguh

Video: Americanah | Concept Trailer

Ifemelu is Mesmerizing in Concept Trailer for Adichie’s Americanah

Watch Chimamandah Adichie’s ‘Americanah’ Concept Trailer: Are you sold?

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Watch the trailer to our proudest and definitely best work now:

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Directed and Written by- Uche Aguh
Cast- Jamila Wingett, Riad Chehabeddine
Cinematography by- Dennis Schmitz
Set Design, Costume and Produced by- Andrew Gourlay
Hair and Makeup- Babs Forman

Shot on Location in London

Sambisa – Main trailer online now!

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“Sambisa”, written and directed by Uche Aguh, is the first narrative film to be made about Boko Haram. The short film, based off the stage play “Into the Sambisa”, also written by Uche Aguh highlights the Chibok School-girl abduction scandal which occured in Borno state, Northern Nigeria, in 2014.

The 273 girls who were abducted by Boko Haram Soldiers, were taken into the Sambisa Forest. Some have escaped, while many remain in captivity.

Now, more than two years passed, these girls are still no where to he found.

The rest of the world may forget about these girls, but we will always remember them.


Shardiah Ssagala
Ejiro Okorodudu
Josh Okusanya
Tomi Sunmonu
Uche Aguh

Dennis Schmitz

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Sambisa – First look


On April, 14, 2014, two hundred and seventy three girls are captured and abducted by Boko Haram soldiers, in Chibok, located in Borno, Northern Nigeria. The girls are taken into the Sambisa Forest. Some girls escape. The majority remain in captivity.

This is a fictional account of a historical event.

It is now forty days later.

‘Sambisa’, a short film based off the Stage Play ‘Into the Sambisa’  is set in the midst of the Chibok School girl abduction scandal, which occured in Borno State, Nigeria, in 2014. The story chonicles the difficulties faced by three girls captured among the two hundred. These three girls are chosen selectively, by the faction commandant, Abubakar who brings them into his house to serve as wives and concubines. The girls are taken in by the commandant’s wife, Mariam as she teaches them what it means to become a woman. Along the way, one of the girls is married to Abdul, the young son of the commandant. The Nigerian army, now charged with the task of destroying Boko Haram, and rescuing these girls, a war breaks out in the Sambisa. The complexities of war, disorder, chaos and the arrangement of a forced abduction, marriage and abuse, confronts each of the school girls, individually as they fight to discover a way out of the Sambisa Forest; the hiding place of Boko Haram.


Shardiah Ssagala

Ejiro Okorodudu

Tomi Sunmono

Joshua Okusanya

Uche Aguh


New project

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Proposed cast, from left to right:
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Uche Aguh, Dallas Wade,
Rizelle Januk, Keirah Key, Ben Wells, Evelyn Ngugi

The current development of “THE BEAUTIFUL ONES ARE ALL MAD” has both Uche and Dennis researching the brutal horrors of mental health issues and police brutality against minorities all throughout the U.S.  With the intent of making this film as authentic as possible, the direction and cinematography will reflect the overall theme of the project which is “The Beauty in Madness”.