Superstar (2021) Movie Script

It's true what they say.
Your life does flash before your eyes.
Ever since I can remember,
I've wanted to be an actor.
For my parents,
my church, my school, you name it!
If there was a play, I was there.
But my parents wanted me to study Law,
that there was no future in acting.
- I already gained admission, dad.
- What?!
I'm going.
You will not get one naira.
One shishi from us until you study Law.
They were true to their word.
I studied Theatre Arts...
Something is going on at the market!
And managed
to go through it without their help.
Your husband
is sleeping around with market women.
After Youth Service, I came
to Lagos to make it in Nollywood.
Girl, it was harder than I thought!
Why can't they run a better system?
I mean, why is it so nonsense?!
We're struggling to enter so they know
anything they give us, we'll take.
First time?
Yeah. Just to play,
"I showed up."
That's how the Nollywood hustle is.
- I'm Queen.
- Cynthia.
- Nice to meet you.
- Nice to meet you.
- It'll work out some day.
- We'll make it!
- Uh-huh!
- That's life...
I made a friend.
Life was hard. But there were good times.
You know, you look thirsty.
That's why I'm at the bar.
Ah. You see,
a beautiful woman doesn't buy herself
her own drinks by the bar, you know.
Well, a smart woman like me does.
I guess that means you owe me a drink.
Well, because I am thirsty...
and I am fine.
Who lied to you?
Your eyes.
My name is Delarin. And I'm a stout man.
- Barman! Come, now.
- Yeah!
- Give me two stouts.
- Okay.
Two stouts.
What brings you here?
- Having fun.
- Yeah, pour it please.
I met a boy.
I had to become
a hairdresser to make ends meet.
You know,
I've actually been where you girls are.
I know it sounds funny but it's true.
I've been actually where you are and...
Listen, you're on the right path. Just...
Put it, put it. Yes.
Just keep doing what you're doing.
You know the funny thing with acting?
There are no small roles.
There are only small actors.
It doesn't matter how small
that role is, give it your best.
You know.
Everything would just work out fine.
Delarin was great.
He drove me to auditions.
The 5000 a day
didn't even cover transport.
This movies sucks!
You know, I did not want
to be the one to say it but...
This lead, what's she doing?
Pretending in front of the camera.
I swear. Do you know I heard she took
this role because she wanted to impress
some popular politician.
No wonder!
Even in your waitress role,
you're doing better than she did.
Look at this!
The baddest waitress that ever lived.
- Hear me lead!
- Shh!
- Stop playing!
- Shh! Shh!
- Shh! Shut up!
- What's the problem?
Hey, Delarin!
- You know, I think we should leave.
- Yeah.
- Let's leave?
- Yeah!
Life was hard.
But there were good times.
Then one day,
everything changed.
Okay, I... I'm getting them.
You. Brown hair, you.
You, shades, and you.
Follow me, alright? Get them in costume.
Muna can't make it. Director rewrote
the scene. One of them has lines.
When did he become a writer?
Uh, you. Brown hair.
Say, "The rain in Spain
falls mainly in the plane."
The Spain in de main...
The Spain in de main falls,
Is there a problem?
- Huh?
- Yeah, you. Is there a problem?
You think you can do better?
Hmm? Go ahead!
The rain in Spain
falls mainly in the plane.
Alright, get her
and those other two in costume.
Alright, we're coming up.
Father, forgive me my sins.
Um, Father, forgive me for I've sinned.
I thought you said she could do this!
This is why I don't like working
with ADs I don't know.
Frank! Where's Frank?
Why is the producer never on set?
I'll handle it.
You'd better! I'm not losing my day
because of you. Nonsense!
- What's going on?
- I'm so sorry.
Take a deep breath.
Good. Do you have your lines?
I do. But I,
I just don't know
what's happening. It's not...
I do.
Stop thinking about the lines.
You studied Theatre Arts, right?
Remember your training.
Become one with the character.
Right now, you are Blessing,
the nun who is in love with a priest.
You are the nun who is begging God
to take this cup away from you.
You get that? And you'll be good.
You're amazing.
You should be the director.
I'm sorry.
You got this?
- Okay.
- Alright.
You're ready?
- We're ready.
- We'd better be.
Nonsense! All you ADs
that just like casting your girlfriends.
Father, forgive me for I have sinned.
Just like Eve in the Bible,
I have tasted the forbidden fruit,
and I have fallen from Your Grace.
This man that I love
cannot be my destiny.
I am Your bride, Lord!
I am Your chosen.
Please, do not forsake me!
Do not leave me to walk
in the path of affliction.
Do not leave me
in the presence of my enemies.
Do not leave me
in the tempest of my making.
Please, Lord! Please, I need You!
This cup must pass before me.
Please, Lord.
I am Your bride!
Please! Save me!
Save me, or I am undone.
I am the best director.
Only I could have brought out
that performance. Frank!
You're too good to be an extra.
Well, no one
is offering me anything else so...
I'm sorry, I know it's
really hard for you extras
but hey, I think you're really talented.
It'd be a shame to waste all of that.
Well, thank you for the pep talk, AD.
And you? Why are you wasting your talent?
Don't you want to be a director?
Well, yeah, I'm saving for my short film.
Every kobo counts.
Let me guess. You're here to
offer me a role in your short film?
But only because the only female role
in the film
would be a waste of your talent.
Uh, I think you'd do great at this.
Twenty million naira?
- Mm-hmm.
- And a brand new car and...
- Thank you.
- AD!
Boss Frank wants
to see this extra in his office.
What's your name?
Queen Ejiro, sir.
- Queen.
- Yes, sir.
You know,
the director ran in here saying that
he had just found the next Genevieve.
Are you the next Genevieve?
You know, Muna,
the star of the show,
was also said to be the next Genevieve.
Yes, sir. She's very good, sir.
She's so good, it's amazing to watch.
Of course, she is.
I am the best talent-picker
in all of Nollywood.
I remember when I first laid eyes on Muna.
I said to myself,
"That girl is gonna be a superstar."
And look at her now.
Adored by fans everywhere.
All because
of me.
Do you want to be a superstar, Queen?
Yes. Yes, sir.
- Yes, you do.
- Yes, sir.
I can see it
in those beautiful eyes of yours.
- But Queen...
- Sir?
Are you ready to do what she did?
Are you ready to play the game?
- Jesus!
- Wait, wait.
I don't understand, sir.
- Queen.
- Sir?
Talent is only five percent of the work.
The remaining 95 is
who you know, hmm?
- Sir...
- And what
you're willing to do
to keep them happy.
Make me happy...
You bitch!
You'll never work in this town again!
You crazy bitch!
Yes. Yes.
Excuse me. Queen? Queen! Wait.
What happened?
It's fine.
Dike wants to see you.
Queen, look, I love him, okay?
Listen, we were gonna tell
you but...
You see, we didn't mean
for it to happen but...
We fell in love.
- Sorry.
- I'm sorry.
Introduce yourself.
I said, "Introduce yourself."
Um... um...
My name is Queen.
Queen Ejiro.
I'm 25 years old and I've done...
I'm an actor.
I'm not looking for an actor.
I'm looking for a star.
Do you know who I am?
No, sir.
I'm Babs Akindele.
The biggest talent agent in Africa.
I'm only interested in making stars.
Do you have what it takes to be a star?
I don't know, sir.
You don't...
Why are you here wasting my time?
I'm not wasting your time, sir.
I'm here because I have no choice.
I've been chasing
this acting dream since I was a child.
I've acted
every single chance that I've gotten.
Acting estranged me from my parents.
My boyfriend cheated
on me with my best friend.
I lost my job. I've done bad things.
All because of acting.
Maybe I'm even bad at it.
After all, I have...
I have nothing to show for it.
The one time
that I thought I had a chance to make it,
I was wrong.
So no, sir.
I do not know that I'm a star
but one thing I do know
is that I am an actor.
So even if you chase me out of here,
I would not stop trying
to make it.
I didn't even realize that until just now.
So thank you.
Thank you.
And thank you for your time.
I like her.
Me too.
I think she definitely has what it takes.
- Mr. Producer.
- Yes.
What do you think?
Yes. She has it.
She definitely does. I like her.
I like it. Hmm.
Hey, guys. So I moved into my house today.
As mewl.
Let's go. Come on!
I'm so happy to be interviewing
Nollywood sweetheart, Queen.
- You're very kind to say.
- I'm not gassing you, really.
You're like Beyonc.
No last name required.
You're not doing bad yourself.
I mean, look at you.
I hear your show
is the most popular in Nigeria.
And we're gunning for Africa.
After all, we can't all be actors.
- I wish you were. You're amazing.
- You're too kind.
Well, this show is called, True Talk.
And what we have here
is candid conversations.
So, let's start with the critics
who have been complaining
that you've allowed yourself
to be cast these sexy-girl roles.
Do you maybe think
that they have been unfair or
that maybe you're more
than just a sex appeal?
Tolani, I'm grateful
for every role I get as an actor.
And I do believe
that it is my responsibility
as an actor to give 100%
to whatever role I'm given so, yeah.
Of course. The question is
the type of roles. Are you afraid
to go for more challenging roles?
Do you think
that you might not be good enough?
Um, like I said, I'm grateful.
Of course,
I'm very grateful for my audience.
- Those watching at home.
- Mm-hmm.
Um, and I'm also grateful
for their responses
to my performances. Yes I am.
I, being a member of that audience,
we're grateful for your work as well.
So, what do you do in your free time
when you're not making "those movies"?
Free time? What's that?
I don't have any free time, darling. I...
I'm always working.
Work, work, work. I love my job.
My job is my life.
Ah, surely, there should be time for love.
I wish.
Do you?
Word in the industry is that
the embarrassment and betrayal
that you've experienced
has turned you off men.
Turned me off men? What?!
Of course I hope
to find love someday. It's just...
it's not a priority right now.
I have too much work.
Find love with a man?
Is that a joke? As opposed to...?
There are rumors going around
that, how do I put this?
Your ex cheated because you had
other interests.
Watch the video.
That's not what it looks like!
This interview is over!
- What the hell is this ambush?
- It's 2021, Teni.
Queen has already accomplished so much.
Think of what could happen
if she came out as a gay icon.
Fuck you, Tolani! Queen, let's go.
- Toodle!
- Bitch!
Until next time with Tolani Talker.
Did I not do everything that
I promised? Huh?
Our arrangement is simple.
You follow my lead, I make you a star.
I did!
The movies Tolani is dragging me for,
you made me make them.
I'm carrying all of this for you!
Those movies made you a star!
You know what doesn't make you a star?
Videos of you kissing girls.
I didn't even know
that video existed! I didn't even know.
And you!
How the fuck did you let this happen?
Well, Teni said it was
you asked her to set up the interview.
I'm really sorry, Babs.
I, I didn't see it coming.
It's your job to see it coming.
Okay now, I'm here fielding calls
from brands threatening to drop her.
I don't even understand.
Why is this anger directed towards us?
She ambushed us.
It should be directed towards Tolani.
She is your client!
You! Take your princess home.
Come up with a list
of eligible B-list celebrities
and have her pick one.
Tomorrow we announce her new boyfriend.
What boy...? Hell, no!
Babs, I said, "No!"
- Let's ask...
- Nobody...
How dare he speak to me like
What's funny?
That's the way he speaks to everybody.
Just not to you cause you're a star.
- Well, it doesn't make it right.
- Focus, Queen.
We have a problem.
Are you gay?
And it's okay if you are. It's just that...
I'm not gay.
Okay, good.
No, it's not like that. It's just...
Well, you know how our people are.
All your work.
What's wrong?
Is it the boyfriend thing?
- I don't think it's going to be that bad.
- I know who made the video.
So why didn't you say something?
Because I want to deal with this myself.
Take all the time you need.
Look who came to see your old friends.
Let's just get this over with.
Look who came visiting.
Queen, the superstar in my house.
What do you want, Delarin?
- She said, 'What do I want?"
- What do you want?
I want to let you make amends.
Make amends?
You want me
to make amends.
You were my boyfriend. You cheated on me.
And you! You were my best friend.
I loved you both. But you betrayed me.
Not only did you betray me,
you also leaked that video
of our acting exercise
to disgrace me, right?
And do you have
any idea what you did to us? Hmm?
After you announced on National TV
that I fucked your boyfriend?
Your fans trolled me for years.
Queen, I had to leave social media.
You destroyed my life.
- Fair enough. I'm sorry.
- Oh, fuck you!
I don't need your fucking pity.
Oh, fine then! You hate me.
You hate me. Fine!
But Cynthia,
how could you be a party to this?
She said you're a party to this.
A party to what?
- It was all my baby's idea.
- Mm-hmm.
You're so bad.
How do I know you're not bluffing?
We both know that I'm not bluffing.
That's the only reason you're here.
But you see, a part of you
is hoping that somehow miraculously,
I do not have the footage.
- Should I show her?
- Mm-hmm.
I'll show you.
Look at it.
Look at it.
Ah, let's go baby!
Thank you so much, baby.
You do your own stunts, baby.
- Do that drift, baby.
- Right. Okay. Got it.
- I'm ready.
- You got this, baby. Come on!
- I got you on camera.
- Yeah, babe.
Let's go, baby.
- Oh my God!
- Oh, shit!
- Is he okay? Is he okay?
- Look at you!
What do you mean, "Is he
okay?" like...
Yo! Looks like he's dead.
- Is he dead?
- You killed him, babe.
- Ah, you killed him, man. What did you do?
- Oh my God!
Now I will send that
to your mama, and the whole
fucking world if you do not answer
our demands. You get that?
What demands?
The demands are simple.
We become a team.
Just like before.
- You must be dreaming.
- Why?
We supported you.
Covered for you.
- Took you to auditions.
- Auditions.
Gave you money for transport.
Why shouldn't we reap where we sowed, huh?
There's no way I'm letting
you two back into my life.
I promise you, my darling.
You don't have a choice.
we're your new management team. And look,
we're entitled to, what, 25, 30?
- Thirty percent.
- Thirty?
Thirty percent
of everything you earn, my darling.
Managers only get ten percent.
- We're special.
- We're special.
Cynthia, I can fight you!
You get nothing!
You get nothing if you post
and ruin my career.
So you're going
to give everything up? Hmm?
The hair, you know,
the outfits, the shoes?
You're going to blow up your life?
Queen, please!
Please, don't make me laugh!
You're exactly the kind of bitch
we used to laugh at back in the day.
I won't be surprised
if you're fucking men for money.
Huh, Queen?
Do you spread your legs for politicians?
- Huh?
- Ladies, can we not fight?
Can we not fight? Queen.
Listen, don't fight this, okay?
Give us what we want
and everybody would be happy.
I mean, I'll be happy, she'll be happy,
you'll be happy.
Everyone wins at the end of the day. Hmm?
I'll call you in the morning.
And then we can discuss details.
- What is it?
- What the fuck is this?
I know it's surprising,
okay, but it is what it is.
I wasn't talking to you.
Talk to me.
You were supposed
to get a boyfriend, not a manager.
Um, sorry but
who says I cannot be both?
Shut up, gold digger!
I'm talking to my client.
Listen, she's my client too, okay?
You're her agent. I am her manager.
Am I to assume he planted the story?
Yes, Babs.
Queen. You don't have to do this.
We can fight.
I understand.
But I want Delarin
and Cynthia to be my managers.
It's my way of
thanking them for their support.
You! Manager is not enough. You cheated,
you need to get back together.
Full reconciliation.
Wait, wait, wait!
What do you mean, "You're dating"?
It's nothing, please. Nothing.
It's absolutely nothing. Come on!
Come on now,
it's just so that we can get what we need.
He's using you, Cynthia.
He agreed to "date me"
without even blinking.
You know, you're actually
really terrible at this.
Oh, whatever!
I know you love him,
Cynthia, but he doesn't love you.
He'll betray you, can't you see?
- You think I'll take advice from you?
- Exactly.
The destruction of your career.
The online abuse. I did not mean
for any of this to happen.
But it happened.
Okay? But I guess we're even now.
Mark my words, you will live
to regret this.
Exactly. Go to your room, man.
Go read a script or something.
Jealousy! Babe listen, it's you.
- Listen hey, listen. Shh, shh.
- No, no, no.
Listen to me. It is you
that I love. Okay?
It is me and you.
I don't know how to deal
with situations like that.
I'm just used to being...
What are you doing?
I wanna say hi. Yeah?
Hold on, I need to go offline.
You guys don't need to see this, okay?
Wait, let me say hi.
You ain't gonna cut it?
I need to cut it.
Bye, guys.
- Leave me alone!
- Come, calm down. Baby, calm down!
You've been fucking everybody!
Dee, I thought... I thought you loved me.
Listen, I do. Okay?
I love you with all of my heart. But...
I'm a young, eligible bachelor and
these ladies, these women, they don't,
they don't make it easy to say no.
But I always come back to you.
Come here, like,
give me this bag. Come here.
You're my one real G.
Don't let all this fandom distract you.
Hmm? Okay?
Listen, don't let them distract you.
I'm sorry.
See, as I was saying, let's just go back.
Who's that? Hmm?
- It's no one important.
- Uh-hun.
Answer it.
Put it on speaker.
You know what? Get out.
I said, "Get out!"
- Dee.
- See, you're nice and all, right?
And I really like you
but I cannot deal with this stress.
You know, so just carry your bags
and get the fuck out of my house.
- Dee, it's, it's...
- Hey!
Because I'm begging you up and down
you think we're on the same level.
Get... Get out.
Hey, babe. Sorry I missed...
You should have listened to me.
Oh, fuck off!
You guys know that
I do not peddle rumors on my show.
It seems that Queen's Prince Charming
has gone back to his old days.
Everybody seems to know somebody
that he might have slept with
since he got back.
Ladies, if Beyonc
and Queen can be cheated on,
please, who are we mere mortals?
What part of no more surprises
do you idiots not understand?
Hey, man, don't shout!
I have a headache.
See huh,
if this meeting
is not important, let me know.
I have a photo shoot
to prepare for.
You're whoring around Lagos,
and you have the guts
to talk about a photo shoot.
this guy is making you look like a fool.
Since Cynthia, three other women
have gone to the blogs. Three!
We're in an open relationship.
Open, or not so open. Huh?
You know boys will be boys.
I think you need to leave now.
Love you, baby.
You're a funny guy. Tsk.
Whatever he has on you,
it is not worth it.
Get rid of him!
I can't.
- I'm sorry.
- I like you, Queen.
But right now, you're nothing
but a distraction.
And one that is costing me money.
I'm sorry, Babs.
Oh my gosh! It's so good to see you.
Same here.
This is the director, Hassani Ghadi.
His short film won a prize at Sundance.
- That one we talked about?
- Yup.
Oh my gosh!
That's so cool. Congratulations!
Oh, it's really good to see you!
How have you been?
- I've been good.
- Yup?
How have you been? What's been happening?
Well, work.
Yeah! Just work 'cause you know me.
- You haven't changed much.
- Really?
- I was just...
- Queen, that's it. Let's go!
- Yeah, you see...
- I said, let's go! Come here!
And cut!
That's a wrap, everyone!
- Wonderful.
- Thank you.
You did great today.
Had a good director.
Ah, I had a great star.
Hopefully, it won't be three years
till we get to do this again.
Yeah. Does the next time
we meet have to be on set?
it doesn't.
- Right?
- It does not.
What's taking so long?
You know what? Tell your people to call
Teni and ask for Blessing's number.
- That's the name of the nun.
- You remember, right?
Of course, I do.
That was a once-in-a-lifetime performance.
I said, "Let's go!"
- I better start going.
- Sure.
Uh, it was nice to see you again.
And it was nice to see you too.
Hey. What are you guys doing here?
Can you go change so we can get out?
Great job.
What's funny?
It's you I'm talking to.
I said, "What's funny?" Gimme that phone!
- Delarin please, give me my phone!
- Hey, hey, hey!
You see, you're so thirsty,
it's actually pathetic.
It's disgusting!
Let me tell you something right now.
You better not let people in the industry
know you're fucking this guy.
Okay? You don't want them thinking
or knowing you're a whore.
Yes. A slut. Rubbish!
Wait. You feel like you can
still use that phone in front of me?
You don't know
that our people like love, right? Huh?
You don't want
to be a broke director, do you?
Where is this?
Hassani? Hassani?
I'm glad you came.
What is this?
Oh, this is Showcase Cinema. Come!
Where we get to showcase
Nigerian films that we love. Sit!
So we get to show
two films a month,
on the theme of our choice.
And this month's theme is,
Okay, but why is it outside?
Well, cause outside is more fun.
I mean, it's drizzling. What if...
- What if it starts raining heavily?
- Yeah.
That's why they have this.
Okay, the next one is about to start.
Hey, uh, can I see you again?
Since this is the life you chose,
you're going to need a friend.
You don't wanna be a friend, Hassani.
I think I'll take my chances.
Thank you. I had a wonderful night.
Good night.
It's the premiere this weekend.
We're going to start doing press for it.
TV, radio...
Queen? Queen?
- Hmm?
- Did you hear anything that I said?
Mm-mm. What did you say?
- You like Hassani.
- I don't...
You know what? Yes.
I do like Hassani.
Well, I knew something was up
when I saw that selfie.
I was like, "You went to Showcase Cinema?"
And what's wrong with Showcase Cinema?
Uh, it's boring.
A guy took me there once on a date,
trying to impress me with culture.
I was not impressed.
Well, I loved the film.
Of course you did.
Yeah, I know what you're about to say but...
I can handle Delarin.
Please! The only handling
that boy needs is a good beating.
I'm even irritated talking about him.
Come on, let's talk premiere and media.
So we have about three
different photo shoots this weekend
for four different publications...
So... when we saw Queen
attend Hassani Ghadi's movie showcase,
we all knew
there was something up but, like I said,
We do not peddle rumors on this show.
So I didn't want to make a big deal.
But guess who was seen
having an amazing time at dinner?
You guessed right!
Queen and Hassani.
And it's very understandable, you know.
Based on how that useless Delarin
has been treating her.
Hassani is a visionary film maker.
And he's handsome too.
But Sister Queen,
drop that useless Delarin!
Get rid of the deadweight.
And this cheating
has a very bad reflection on you.
You understand what I'm saying?
Let's see some home training, please.
So, let me know in the comments section
who you think Queen will be taking
to the premiere of her new movie.
That ashawo, Delarin,
or dashing Hassani.
Until next time!
Did I not tell you not to be
seen with that fucking nigger?
Did I not tell you not to be seen
with that fucking nigger? Are you dumb?
- Hey, I will fucking cut you in the face!
- Delaring, are you crazy?!
Do you want to kill her?
Queen, are you...?
Hey, leave me alone!
I said, "Leave my hand!"
- You bastard!
- Queen!
Queen, no!
- You stupid bitch! I swear to God...
- Get the fuck out of my house!
I never wanna see you again.
If I see, I swear to God,
I will kill you in your sleep.
Are you mad?!
It's over for you. I swear.
It's over for you.
- You're dead... You are dead!
- I promise you, you're dead.
- You're dead.
- You think you can actually touch me?
You can lay your fingers on me?
Are you mad?!
We need you in the main house.
You're dead. It's over for you, bitch.
Shut the fuck up! Fuck you!
Fuck you!
Queen, you're dead, I swear.
Aw, man. You're dead, bitch!
I swear, I'll kill you in this Lagos.
What... what have you...? Aw, shit!
- Oh my God!
- Look at you!
- What do you mean, "Is he okay"?
- Oh my God.
- What have I done?
- Looks like he's dead.
You killed him, babe.
What were you guys doing?
It was for a role.
The actor was supposed
to be able to execute
a perfect hairpin turn.
- What?!
- Yeah.
The director wanted
a shot of the actor's face while...
while it's being done and...
- What?!
- Yeah.
We thought the road was deserted.
- Who was he?
- We don't know.
I mean, we dropped him off
at the hospital anonymously.
We went back a few days later
to try to get some information
but they wouldn't tell us anything.
And we were too scared
to ask any questions.
- It was an accident.
- Yeah.
Of course.
It was an accident.
That's what I told myself for years.
I didn't mean it.
There's nothing I could have done.
I even started to believe it myself.
Not until Delarin came back into my life,
and I realized that...
that I've been lying to myself.
I guess I'm a damn good actor. Right?
I put up with his shit because
it felt like I deserved to be punished
for what I did.
I mean, if I couldn't confess, then
I should suffer.
You don't deserve to suffer, Queen.
- You don't.
- Teni...
Put yourself in his family's shoes.
that it was your father
who didn't come home that night.
I must do
what I should have done years ago.
- I must confess.
- No.
- I must.
- No, don't do that.
At least, not without some preparation.
- Don't do that.
- Teni...
We have the premiere tomorrow.
We do that.
One last night of freedom.
And then we'll talk to Babs
and roll out a plan of action on Monday.
You saw Delarin.
You know how he can be.
What if he leaks the video before we do?
Before we confess?
You're not any worse off.
Look, it doesn't make
a difference, trust me.
Let's go to the premiere.
And you take Hassani.
What's one last night of freedom
without your crush?
Come here.
How could you be so fucking stupid?!
You know what? Get out of here!
- You're fired!
- Babs.
Do not make me repeat myself.
- I'm so sorry, Queen.
- Get out!
Listen. In the next 15 minutes,
men from the Lagos State Police Command
will arrive here to take you into custody.
I was told as a courtesy.
- You need to leave.
- You want her to run from the Police?
No, idiot!
She surrenders tomorrow.
We avoid a press circus tonight.
Queen, we need to go.
What do you mean, "No"?
They want a show?
Let's give them one.
Suit yourself! I tried.
Are you Queen?
Aren't you the one I'm talking to?
I said, "Are you Queen?"
I don't want any trouble.
Who's looking for trouble?
Give me that!
What kind of book is this?
Let's get this over with.
- Get what?
- Hit me!
Punch me!
Do whatever you want.
Let's just get this over with.
Queen Ejiro,
you have a visitor.
- Hey, no hugging.
- Yes!
It's so good to see you.
It's good to see you too.
How's your head?
I'll be fine.
Tried for days to see you
but they wouldn't let me.
- What changed?
- What do you think?
Babs? Wow, I...
I'm surprised to see you here.
Now, is that any way to greet your savior?
What are you talking about?
The attorney-general
has declined to prosecute.
- What?!
- Yeah.
I guess no one wants to be responsible
for sending Nigeria's sweetheart
to jail for something
that was obviously an accident.
I killed that man.
And you're getting away with it.
But I...
No, um, Babs wait.
- I, I, I don't understand.
- Your fans.
They rallied. Yeah.
#FreeQueen has been trending
since you got imprisoned.
I guess they
figured you were
unjustly targeted?
Babs will claim credit but
it was all you. Okay?
You, and your fans who love you.
But why am I not being punished?
I don't understand.
Why am I just being released?
This doesn't make any sense.
I said, no touching.
Hey. Listen to me.
Going to prison won't bring him back.
Okay? All you have to do now
is to make amends with
the second chance you've been given.
That's all you have. Okay?
What are you doing?
I was reading but
watching you sleep was more interesting.
What book is that?
Hey! I love this book.
Sometimes, I feel like Abike.
Trapped in the prison of money.
Unable to get out,
no matter how hard I try.
Yeah, I get it.
Ten years ago,
you'd have made an amazing Abike.
Are you saying I'm old, Mr. Ghadi?
Well, uh...
How can I put this?
Abike is a seedling.
You on the other hand,
are a rose in full bloom.
Would you help me?
Teni, would you become my manager?
I really need someone in my corner.
Mommy! Mama!
- Hey, guys!
- You mean, girls.
It's okay, it's okay.
I want you to meet them. Sit.
So, um,
this is Queen and Hassani.
- Hi.
- Hi.
Queen and Hassani, this is my husband,
It's nice to meet you, Queen.
I've heard so much about you.
And I've heard nothing about you.
You have a husband? And kids?
Why didn't you tell me?
I thought we were friends.
We are.
It's just that Babs had
a strict policy about
home being home.
But still, you should have said something.
You're right. I should have.
But you wanna meet my kids?
Of course! Hi!
Hello! Oh, so precious.
What is she doing here?
She's my manager.
Queen, you don't need a manager.
And if you must get one,
at least get one that's competent.
She is my manager.
Let's talk contract renewal.
You want her to sign a five-year contract?
Are you serious?
Too much?
Okay. No worries. We'll make it four.
As long as she commits
to doing one film of my choice every year.
I don't want you guys screwing
with my investment
with these nonsense films
that you're going to be doing.
Fine. That's okay.
We'll look through the rest
of the contract and let you know.
Of course you will. Oh,
I'm going to be suing Delarin on
your behalf for blackmail and extortion.
Is that necessary?
The guy is an asshole.
- He nearly ruined your career.
- You mean, your investment.
Oh, about that thing,
it's been sorted out for tomorrow.
Thank you.
maybe I shouldn't have fired you.
I know nothing I say or do
will be able to bring back your husband.
However, I'm really sorry
from the bottom of my heart.
I should have found you earlier. I just...
Forgive me.
I should forgive you?
Huh, I should forgive you?
I will never forgive you.
I ask you, what did my husband do
to you to make you kill him?
Was he the only one on the road?
It was a mistake.
Do whatever you can and leave.
Do whatever you can. Then leave.
I need the money.
I will take it.
If my husband were alive,
he'd have covered his kid's education.
I totally understand your stance.
I've decided to...
to set up a scholarship
for your children's education
through university.
This is a check of ten million naira...
for your use.
And please ma'am, please.
This is not me trying to
buy my way into your forgiveness
or convince you otherwise.
This is just for your use.
You killed my husband four years ago.
It's only now
you're begging for forgiveness?
Even if you give us more than this,
could it bring back my husband?
Or could it bring back
these children's father?
I'm sorry, ma.
You all should leave.
In closing, I'd like to address
the story that has social media,
in fact, all of social media abuzz.
The story of a murder.
And with me in the studio to discuss
this serious event is Delarin Awolowo.
Welcome, Delarin.
Thank you for having me, Tolani.
Of course.
Yourself and Queen have been
in the news recently a lot.
How do you feel about that?
I feel horrible.
Queen is suing me.
Accusing me of blackmail.
Are you saying it's not true?
She hired me to help her cover her crimes.
I eventually got tired and
I decided to do the right thing.
And then, she sues me for revenge.
So let me get this straight.
You're telling me that Queen
is using her fame
and her money
to silence and attack
hardworking people like you?
But what about those who say
you deserve it because you cheated?
Let me ask you a question, Tolani.
Can you cheat in a fake relationship?
Yes, I am ashamed to say it but I...
I was depressed.
And people do silly things
when they're depressed.
True. That's true.
And thank you
for being this candid, Delarin.
This crime that Queen
has committed is no laughing matter.
We're talking
about murder here, people. Murder!
And it just means so much to me
cause online
I see everyone trending the #FreeQueen.
You're doing that thinking
you're doing the right thing?
But really, you have to stop!
You can't evade justice and go scot-free
because you're a celebrity.
Hey, let me say it this way.
Queen has used
her own hand to commit evil.
And people say we should let you go.
In life,
if she doesn't face the consequences,
the equation is not balanced.
There! Tolani Talker
signing off until next time.
Thank you.
- Thank you for having me.
- Anytime.
Do you wanna have drinks later,
or something?
- Hi.
- Hi!
...chemistry, do you understand?
They want you here.
- My name is Ore. My first day.
- Nice to meet you.
Let me introduce you
to our director and EP.
- Queen Ejiro.
- Hi, Queen.
- Hi.
- I'm a big fan.
Thank you so much for believing in me.
- My pleasure. Glad you decided to do this.
- Oh, sure.
- Thank you.
- Excellent. Please.
- Hey, big sis!
- Hey! Oh!
Well, how are you?
- I'm so happy that whole thing blew over.
- Yeah, I know.
- How've you been?
- Been good.
- So you guys know each other?
- Of course!
Muna is my big sis. We go way back.
She's always shown me love and support.
I mean, we have
to support our upcoming talent.
Or else, we won't be able to create magic.
Great. And have you met
Frank Okafor, our set producer?
Of course she has.
Queen and I go way back.
Isn't that right, Queen?
- Yes, we do.
- As a matter of fact,
I'm the reason
why Queen is who she is today.
I gave her her first big break.
- Oh!
- Amazing.
Finally back together. Great.
It's your line.
Oh, I'm sorry.
- What page?
- Page 77.
Okay. Sorry.
- Apologies, please.
- It's there.
"I need my sanity intact please.
I wouldn't trade that for anything."
Sorry, that's just crazy.
Esther is actually braver than I am.
She's right.
I shouldn't trade my sanity for anything.
Or anyone.
This man right here. Mr. Frank Okafor
or whatever they call you.
This man sexually assaulted me.
Oh, you can cough all you want.
You can even choke and die for all I care.
I'm sorry, I'm sorry. But I...
I cannot be on a production he's on.
Excuse me.
Even her?
Even her, Frank?
Have you no shame?
Have you no shame?! Have you no shame?!
Don't you have any shame?
In the age of #MeToo,
one would never shame a woman.
But we do have to question
the decisions of Queen Ejiro.
Why do these things always happen to her?
Why is she being the one
who is constantly being assaulted,
attacked and preyed upon?
I'll tell you why.
Because she's
constantly making bad decisions.
Yeah, Queen. Just take a look at yourself!
Why always you?
With me in the studio today,
I have Frank Okafor.
- Welcome, Frank!
- Good afternoon, Tolani.
- Thank you for having me.
- Of course.
And for those of you who do not know,
Frank Okafor is a celebrated producer
that was tarred
with a brush of sexual harassment
by the infamous "Queen."
I'm telling you, it was the worst feeling
I've ever experienced in my entire life.
I can imagine.
- Do you mind telling us what happened?
- Sure.
I remember like it was yesterday.
I innocently invited Queen into my office
to congratulate her on her performance.
And it was a very nice performance.
And all of a sudden, she was all over me.
She was just saying,
"Take me, daddy!"
I immediately pulled her off me.
I told her to get out of my office.
I would not support that kind of behavior.
No matter how talented you are.
- It's a terrible example. Nonsense!
- Yes.
I also heard that Muna attacked you
after Queen's outburst.
Well, you know how Muna
and Queen are very close.
And the other three women who came out
to accuse you,
they're also sleeping with Queen?
This is not
what we talked about. What are you doing?
Whilst I'll acknowledge
that Queen instigated your nonsense,
you are a disgusting man,
- and deserve everything coming your way.
- What is it with this woman?
- I hope you never work again.
- Why does she have it in for you so bad?
- Now, get off my show.
- Did you kill her mother?
- Carry on!
- Ask me!
You know, since she came
second runner-up in that Next Movie Star,...
- she's just hated me for no reason.
- Goodbye!
In her mind,
I have the career that she wants.
- Next episode of the...
- I mean everybody knows, don't...
we would be inviting the beautiful Muna...
- What?
- You don't know?
Uh, know what?
You didn't watch the show?
Come on, no.
I don't watch reality shows. Not my thing.
It was you who asked me to apply.
Yeah, because I thought it was your thing.
You owe me!
A lot!
Go away! If you like,
cough from now till next year.
Should I get you water?
So when is her next dose?
It's tomorrow.
Tomorrow, 8:00 a.m.
Um, okay. Well...
Have you found it?
Yeah, this is what I was talking about.
- Yeah, exactly.
- Okay.
- First time I checked, I did...
- Sorry, excuse me! Excuse me. Hi.
- Sorry, we've been waiting for you.
- I'll call you back.
Um, I, I just want to know, is there
any information about Hassani Ghadi?
- Please who are you?
- I'm his girlfriend.
Oh! Our visiting hours are over.
- Please check to see.
- She's Queen!
- What are they saying?
- She's a celebrity.
I'm so sorry, Miss Ejiro,
Mr. Ghadi is in ward 15.
Just use the hallway.
We agreed that
you would call me if it got worse.
Yeah, I uh...
I've been tired but I just thought
it was regular production stuff, you know.
- It's Nollywood. We're always tired.
- Mr. Ghadi.
- I'm sorry.
- Hey.
I was wondering where you were.
- How are you?
- Good.
Tell me everything.
I got diagnosed,
about a year ago.
- Cancer?
- Yeah.
I don't understand.
How do you have cancer?
Um, then the doctors...
the doctors said
I have about three months to live.
Now, they're saying I have,
- I have one month but I know I have more.
- What?!
Hey, babe.
I'm sorry.
I should have told you but...
People in my condition can't want things.
But I wanted you so bad,
I was afraid to lose you.
I'm sorry.
Please forgive me.
You're not losing me.
I'm not losing you. No!
Yeah, they say...
The doctors say that the cancer has spread
through most of my organs, so...
So what?
So we're just
going to accept and not fight?
I refuse! Okay, Hassani?
We will fight this.
- We have to fight!
- I wish I could.
I really wish I could.
Hassani, I just found you.
This is not fair.
Not fair.
Every moment that I have spent with you
has been a precious gift.
I just wish we had more time.
- We just have to accept what we had was...
- We can't.
I can't accept that. I refuse!
You can't ask me to just sit back and,
watch you die.
How can I...?
I'm sorry you even thought it, you know.
- I'd never ask you to do that.
- That's not a big deal.
Hassani, that's not what I mean.
I love you.
And we'll fight this together.
We have to fight this. Please.
Goodbye, Queen.
What do you mean, "Goodbye"?
Please take her away.
And she's not to visit again.
Hassani, please don't do this.
Hassani, please don't do this.
Hassani, look at me.
Babe. Baby.
Look at me! Hassani.
Sorry, Miss Ejiro,
you'll have to come with me.
Hey. What's happening?
I can't.
- What happened?
- Babe, it's just sad.
Are you fucking crazy?
Are you trying to kill yourself?
It hurts, Teni.
It hurts so fucking much.
All the time.
Go to him.
Go on. Get out of here.
Thank you. I love you.
I love you too.
Ma'am, I'm very sorry
but he was very clear.
The love of my life is dying.
And he is keeping me away.
He thinks he's protecting me but...
I'm stronger than he thinks.
Do you really never want to see me again?
I mean, I thought
you were only trying to protect me.
That you thought
I wasn't strong enough, but...
If you really
do not want to ever see me again,
I'll go.
Queen, you are strong enough.
you're the strongest woman I know.
I'm the one who is not strong.
I didn't think
I was going to be brave enough.
I'm scared.
I want...
I shouldn't, I...
I was...
I didn't...
It's okay. It's okay.
It's all okay.
I'm strong enough for both of us.
Okay? You don't have to be strong for me.
I'm strong for us.
It's okay.
It's okay.
It's okay.
I'll just sit.
Can I ask for a favor?
Yeah, sure.
Ask me to marry you.
Ask me to be your wife, Hassani.
I will ask but...
I want tradition.
- Queen...
- I want this.
I want this. Honestly.
Queen Ejiro,
make me the happiest man in the world.
The happiest man alive.
Will you be my wife?
Yes, Hassani. Forever. Yes.
Well, at least for three weeks.
I love you.
I love you. I love you.
I love you. I love you. I love you.
I love you.
Love you.
And the winner for Best Actress
in drama, is...
Queen Ejiro.
Oh wow! Thank you.
My gosh! I...
I didn't think I'd win. I mean...
All the other nominees
in this category are so amazing.
I'm so in awe of their talent.
Especially Muna.
You know, in this industry as of today,
we need our big sisters
to look out for us.
And I'm beyond thankful
that that is what Muna has been to me.
Okay, here it goes.
To my agent,
my producer, Babs.
The hardest working man in Nollywood.
He is an asshole but...
But he is one of the coolest people
to have in your corner.
I'll tell you that for free.
I love you, Babs. I can't believe
I'm saying this but I love you.
To my sister,
my manager, my friend,
Teni, thank you for
believing in me
even before I believed in myself.
Thank you for protecting me.
And for showing me
that I could be more.
I love you so much.
And I cannot wait
for our next journey together.
This time, you
as my business partner.
It goes without saying
that I dedicate this role
to the love of my life,
my late husband, Hassani Ghadi.
Sometimes, that's all we need.
Someone who sees
what others are afraid to see.
And that's what he was to me.
Hassani Ghadi
was that person to me.
I wish more than anything in this world
that he was here today.
To meet his twins.
And to watch them grow.
My children will grow
without their father but
one thing that they will see
is the legacy that he left behind.
They will see my next film,
my directorial debut.
A film Hassani and I wrote together.
A film we fell in love to.
And that's
the crazy thing about this industry.
People falling in love even if they know
that they're not supposed to.
I love you, Hassani.
Lastly but most importantly,
I wanna dedicate this award
to everyone watching this.
You in the audience.
Those watching from home.
If you've ever had a dream,
I wanna tell you that,
yes, it's gonna be hard.
There will be sleepless nights.
There will be challenges.
But if you believe,
and if you work hard,
dreams do come true.
Thank you and good night.
Time to call it.
Let's talk about Queen.
What's all this we're hearing?
What is it?
So now Queen is directing?
Is it because they gave her
that award out of pity?
Okay. Out of sympathy.
Why her?!
It's so nice to see you.
Con... Congratulations on your new project.
Fuck you!