John Boyega recently touched down in Nigeria to do more than promote his new film, Pacific Rim Uprising.
In a new interview with Onyi Sunday, host of Power Lunch West Africa on CNBC Africa, Boyega talks in detail about his new production company, UpperRoom Productions and its involvement in Pacific Rim, as well as how he’s ready to invest in great stories from creators from his homeland.
— Onyi sunday (@OnyiSunday) April 3, 2018
I've been interested in Nigerian stories for a very very long time. It's just that now I've worked to a point where I have the opportunity to do something – @JohnBoyega speaking to @cnbcafrica's @OnyiSunday on Power Lunch West Africa earlier today pic.twitter.com/1QVEGAYJgZ
— CNBC Africa (@cnbcafrica) April 3, 2018
“I’m very much interested in original, Nigerian stories,” he says. “I grew up on Nollywood—the first Nollywood movie I ever watched was Blood Sisters with Genevieve Nnaji and…it’s a chance for me to develop these stories, merge Nollywood with Hollywood; connect to artists here.” Boyega also notes his role in the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, where he plays Ugu—so his familiarity with the industry propels him to contribute in a significant way.