Lagos - Canadian superstar rapper and singer, Drake’s creative involvement with Nigeria continues as the country plays a major role in the rapper’s new short film titled ‘Please Forgive Me’.
After almost a month of tremendous anticipation, Drake has finally released his latest short film ‘Please Forgive Me’.
The project was first announced late last month (August), inspiring many fans who have put in efforts to figure out exactly what the storyline holds for viewers.
‘Please Forgive Me’ was directed by Anthony Mandler who has worked with numerous international superstars including Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, and also collaborated with Drake earlier in his career for the music videos to "Fancy," "Find Your Love," and "Over."
Here is how Nigeria got involved(or did not get involved) in the short film
1. Despite featuring on 'One Dance', Wizkid doesn't feature in the short movie, and is not credited in any way on the visual.
The singer achieved a milestone, when his writing, production and vocal contributions to the smash hit single assisted in propelling it to the Billboard Hot 100 chart, gifting Drake his first ever number 1 single, a position he enjoyed for 9 straight weeks.
2. Fela's 1977 Colonial Mentality was featured in the movie.
Fela, the African musical icon, political activist as well as a Pan-Africanist who advocated for good governance and cultural resuscitation of Africa had one of his most iconic works featured. “Colonial Mentality” deals with the ideals, principles, teachings, and philosophies that are vestiges of colonialism in African societies, barring political, economic, and socio-cultural common sense within the African continent.
3. The villain of the movie is played by Nigerian-born Sonni Chidiebere
Sonni Chidiebere, the Nigerian-Igbo actor has been in several minor roles in some blockbuster Hollywood movies. They include Hotel Rwanda, Blood Diamond, District 9 and Lord of War. Born in Nigeria, he grew up in South Africa, where he started his acting career. He is best known for his role as Emeka in the SABC1 drama series Yizo Yizo in 2004.
4. Two other Nigerians 'Olaoluwa Odufuwa' and 'Chuma Okoye' played roles of henchmen in the short movie