Idris Elba to direct ‘Dust to Dreams,’ upcoming film backed by Nigerian movie powerhouse Mo Abudu

Idris Elba to direct ‘Dust to Dreams,’ upcoming film backed by Nigerian movie powerhouse Mo Abudu - Arts and Culture - News

Idris Elba and Mo Abudu’s Upcoming Collaborative Project “Dust to Dreams”: Empowering Africa’s Creative Economy with a Star-Studded Cast

Idris Elba, the Golden Globe-winning actor, announced his latest venture into writing and directing a short film titled “Dust to Dreams.” This project marks Elba’s ongoing commitment to strengthening Africa’s creative economy, with Nigerian superproducer Mo Abudu backing the production. Seal, a renowned music icon, and Nollywood actresses Eku Edewor and Atlanta Bridget Johnson are set to star in this thought-provoking film. Former Nigerian Idol contestant Constance Olatunde, known as “Konstance,” will also make her film debut.

The collaboration between Elba and Abudu’s EbonyLife Films was announced last year, aiming to cultivate emerging African talent and support creative industries across the continent. This partnership also includes the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) through its Creative Africa Nexus (Canex) program. Abudu will serve dual roles as both executive producer and producer for the project.

Plot details regarding “Dust to Dreams” are limited, but a press release provides a synopsis that captures the essence of this heartwarming story:

Set against the vibrant backdrop of Lagos, Nigeria, “Dust to Dreams” tells a poignant tale about the connection between a mother and her teenage daughter. As they explore new relationships, the young girl encounters her father for the first time against the colorful and bustling urban landscape of Lagos.

Mo Abudu expressed her enthusiasm about the partnership, stating: “I am thrilled to be working with Afreximbank and this exceptional team on ‘Dust to Dreams.’ This story holds a special place in my heart, and I am excited to bring it to life alongside such dedicated collaborators.”

Mo Abudu’s impressive career achievements include being recognized as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman” by Forbes and ranking among the “25 Most Powerful Women in Global Television” by The Hollywood Reporter.

Idris Elba, with roots in Sierra Leonean and Ghanaian descent, made his debut as a feature film director in 2018 with the British crime drama “Yardie.”

With a talented cast and a powerful mission, “Dust to Dreams” promises to be an impactful contribution to Africa’s growing creative economy. Stay tuned for more updates on this inspiring project.