Ishaya Bako to Direct “The Royal Hibiscus Hotel”

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The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is an Ebony life movie and it will be directed by AFRIFF winner,  Ishaya Bako.


Ishaya Bako’s name has become quite synonymous with short advocacy film and he has only directed one other feature film – Genevieve Nnaji’s “Road to Yesterday”.

We are eager to see what he does with this comedy.

The Royal Hibiscus Hotel will hit cinemas late November/December, but, may enjoy a screening at the Ebony Life Film Festival scheduled for the end of June.

Cast include: Jide Kosoko, Patience Ozokwor, Joke Silva, OC Ukeje, Charles Inojie, Zainab Balogun, Kenneth Okolie, Deyemi Okanlawon, Lala Akindoju, Akah Nnani & Ini dima Okojie.EbonyLifeFilms has announced a new movie project – ‘The Royal Hibiscus Hotel’.


The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is a romantic comedy about a Nigerian couple who run a charming, but run-down, boutique hotel in a little town in Nigeria. In desperation, husband Segun decides to sell the hotel without his wife’s knowledge, as a way of settling all their debts. Their daughter is living in London, working a dead-end job while trying to open her own restaurant. When she decides to return to Nigeria for a vacation, Mom and Dad are elated for different reasons. Dad wants her to sign the papers to sell the hotel she is destined to inherit, while Mom can’t wait to marry her off to a charming property developer, Deji. When daughter Opeoluwa meets Deji by accident, she has no idea that he has made the deal to buy the hotel. Just as she is finally falling for Deji, despite much resistance, she learns the truth and is devastated. Determined to save the hotel from being replaced by a shopping mall, she sets up an amazing fundraiser; but it is not enough. With just hours to go, an anonymous donor steps in and saves the hotel from demolition. Surprisingly, her saviour is Deji, who proves that love always finds a way.

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