“If there is a thing I am most familiar with,” Editi Effiong tells me. “It is grief.”
The loss of his brother to cancer – “the worst possible way to die”, and then the loss of his own child, who passed on in his arms.
That familiarity with grief, he says, fuels the emotional power and currency of the block buster The Black Book, and perhaps explains why it has connected so deeply with many Nigerians.
But even that film took tears and pain, three years trying to sell the film he had given everything he had to make, and he retells the story of that day when it seemed like everything on the set of the film had failed, and he collapsed in tears, into the loving arms of the legend, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett.
This conversation with the block buster Black Book’ producer, Editi Effiong will bless you.
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