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
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
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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