Fans from across the nation and respected names in the film business such as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of CW Television Network, John Maata; and Mike Ajakwe, writer/producer/director were some of the guests that attended the premiere of Nollywood A-list Actress Stephanie Okereke’s film “Through the Glass.”
Excitement filled the air as the premiere held on October 18th, 2008, at the Pacific Design Center in Hollywood, opened to a packed, diverse and very receptive audience. There were lots of laughter, cheers, and at times sounds of empathy as the audience reacted to the screening.
“I did not know what to expect,” said Ajakwe to Ladybrille. “I was pleasantly surprised,”he added. “It was unexpectedly good,”remarked one American guest after viewing the premiere. “I really liked it” said Maata.
L-R: Mike Ajakwe, Uduak and Actress LaTamara Smith, “The Lion King”
The above were not the only ones impressed with Okereke. Prior to the screening of “Through the Glass,” Okereke along with her audience were surprised when she was awarded two certificates of recognition for her work on her film. One was from the California Legislature Assembly, signed by Assembly Member Curren D. Price Jr. of the 51st Assembly District and the other from Mayor Jim Dear of the City of Carson.
After the premiere, and with gift bags that included goodies from Stephanie’s fashion label S.O. Collections and Clear Essence [one of her sponsors], guests headed to the very upscale restaurant and bar lounge, Tanzore. Tanzore was on fire with a red carpet VIP lounge, a fashion show debuting Okereke’s S.O. Collection by Stepahnie Okereke, free drinks and food, and lots of dancing to some of the top singles from Nigeria’s hip-hop and R&B artists.
Speaking to Ladybrille after the show, Okereke said. “I am just overwhelmed. I was really proud. I was so proud when I looked at the faces of Nigerians who were present.”It looked like they were waiting for something like this for a long time.”
First photo: Ladybrille’s Editor-in-Chief Uduak Oduok with Nollywood A-List Actress Stephanie Okereke at the Tanzore VIP Lounge.
**Ladybrille captured all the excitement and we will bring to you, soon, more pictures and our Ladybrille TV coverage of the event. To hear directly from Stephanie on the making of “Through the Glass” film, click here.