The cast and crew of ‘The Royal Hibiscus Hotel’ took Toronto’s Iconic Film Festival (TIFF) Street by storm Saturday night for the World Premiere of ‘The Royal Hibiscus Hotel’ by EbonyLife Films.
In attendance were, Mo Abudu, Zainab Balogun, Kenneth Okolie, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Jide Kosoko, Rachel Oniga, Toni Tones and director, Ishaya Bako. The Special Guest of Honour for the premiere was Mr Foli Coker, DG – Nigerian Development Tourism Commission. The premiere had some of Toronto’s well known celebrities and influencers in attendance including Toronto Raptors’ General Manager, Masai Ujiri.
Directed by contemporary filmmaker, Ishaya Bako, the Royal Hibiscus Hotel is the story of Ope an aspiring restaurateur who returns to her home in Lagos to try and refine the fare at her family’s little hotel, only to find that her parents are planning on selling out to a rich (and devilishly attractive) buyer.
Bako brings a playful quality to his sophomore feature and captures the unmistakable chemistry between his leads. Backed by the strong ensemble cast (including 2016 TIFF Rising Star OC Ukeje) and executive produced by mogul Mo Abudu, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is a tale of navigating careers and love — and finding a way to have your cake and eat it, too.