‘NIGERIAN PRINCE’, a
proposed film project by Faraday
Okoro has won a $1 million grant
from AT&T.
Apart from the production
funding, the proposed flick is
guaranteed a slot at the 2018
Tribeca Film Festival.
‘Nigerian Prince’ which is about
Nigerian email scammers was
conceived by Okoro while Bandele
and Oscar Hernandez-Topete will
serve as producers.
‘Nigerian Prince’ was on
Wednesday, April 19 announced
winner of the grant.
The announcement came after
a hard-fought pitching session
featuring scripts from four other
filmmakers.
The pitching session was tagged
‘AT&T Presents: Untold Stories’.
‘Nigerian Prince’ follows two
characters; Eze, a stubborn, first
generation Nigerian-American
teenager and his cousin, Pius, who
is a desperate Nigerian prince
scammer.
After Eze’s mother sends him
to Nigeria against his will, he
retaliates by teaming up with Pius
to scam unsuspecting foreigners
in order to earn money for a return
ticket back to America.
A committee of Hollywood
filmmakers and actors selected the
winning script after listening to
pitches from five contenders.
Fiona Carter, AT&T chief brand
officer, Hollywood actors Jeffrey
Wright and Anthony Mackie;
Josh Deutsch, chairman and
CEO, Downtown Records; film
producers Lee Daniels and Frida
Torresblanco as well as HBO Films
president Len Amato were the
members of the committee.
AT&T will provide funding
for Faraday Okoro and Bandele
to make the film while Tribeca
will provide mentorship from
seasoned industry professionals.
AT&T will also distribute the
film on its video platforms.
Okoro is a New York University
film school graduate.
The other four filmmakers
received $10,000 for their projects.

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