For the second time in a short period, I found myself starstruck.
The first time was at Transcorp Hilton while this time around it happened at the very famous Silverbird Galleria in Abuja, FCT.
It was the last day of the 4-day long observation of the 13th Abuja International Film Festival.
Filmmakers from Mexico, China, Iran and of course, Nigeria, were present and if the event Director’s words are anything to go by, this is the best yet.
After the award ceremony, Segun Arinze suggested I attend the mixer. First off, it was to begin at 7 and by 5:00pm, I was still in town, but like magic my mum gave me her car (I had to pay for fuel though. Smh) and so I cruised into the night at 8:00pm. I didn’t want to, but who can say no to a super star right? Well, it’s not like we are chums now, but I do see that happening in my future… Anyway, I went realised I was way out of my elements. I mean, this is my scene and all, but I realised it wasn’t my scene almost immediately. Here’s why…
I’m timid. I don’t care what people say, I am and it was made worse because I didn’t know anyone. You don’t go for social events, especially in Abuja, on your own. You just shouldn’t.
I didn’t know the Nigerian actors/filmmakers. This is the first and probably only time I regret not watching Nigerian movies.
I saw a face and in my mind I’m like “hey! It’s that guy…” I don’t know his name or remember any movie I’ve seen him in.
I saw Bianca, or was it Regina Askia… One lady with hazel eyes… Help me with her name please. *covers eyes*. I saw Fred Amata, very fair, I saw Stanley from ‘After The Storm‘… (I forget his surname now) Yes! Paul Obazele, but most important on the list of ‘People I Met’ was STEVE GUKAS.
For those who don’t know me, I’m a very proud Tarok Girl, but I’m also very proud of my state, Plateau, and so anyone from there is good people and Mr Gukas is one of such.
Gukas directed the much talked about 93 Days, the true story of selflessness displayed by a Nigerians (Doctors and nurses) in preventing the spread of the fatal Ebola Disease some two years ago.
It was like meeting a real like famous person and I was so stoked by how easy it is to meet ‘celebs’ in Abuja. I should definitely go out more. Enjoy the photos.