Idris Elba to direct star-studded short film ‘Dust To Dreams’ in Lagos

Idris Elba, renowned actor and director, is gearing up to showcase his directorial skills once again in the upcoming short film “Dust To Dreams,” per

Collaborating with Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Films and African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) through its Creative Africa Nexus (Canex), the project boasts a star-studded cast including singer Seal, Nollywood stars Nse Ikpe-Etim, Eku Edewor, Atlanta Bridget Johnson and Constance Olatunde.

Set in the vibrant backdrop of Lagos, Nigeria, “Dust To Dreams” delves into the poignant narrative of a mother-daughter relationship as they navigate the daughter’s first encounter with her father. With Elba at the helm as director and Abudu serving as executive producer and producer, the film promises a compelling exploration of familial bonds and personal discovery.

Seal, known for his musical prowess and previous ventures in film and television, brings his talent to this project, adding depth to the ensemble cast. 

Idris Elba, Mo Abudu, Seal, Nse Ikpe-Etim & Constance Olatunde Nicky Hamilton/Kelechi Amadi Obi/Getty/Courtesy

Elba, who made his directorial debut with Yardie in 2018, continues to champion diverse storytelling and talent development, echoing Abudu’s vision for promoting emerging African voices in the global entertainment landscape.

Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of Afreximbank, expressed the institution’s dedication to empowering Africa’s creative industries through financing, market access solutions, and capacity building. “Dust To Dreams” represents not only a cinematic endeavour but also a step towards amplifying African narratives and fostering industry growth on a continental scale.

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