From Afrobeats to Nollywood: Tiwa Savage Stars in "Water and Garri", Premiering on Prime Video

Prime Video Unveils "Water and Garri": Tiwa Savage Leads a Star-Studded Cast
January 13, 2023
Written By
Williams Falodun
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Tiwa Savage has announced the global premiere of her debut film, "Water and Garri," exclusively on Prime Video in over 240 countries and territories worldwide in 2024.

The drama follows the story of Aisha (Savage), an ambitious fashion designer returning to her native home in Nigeria after 10 years in the U.S. following a family bereavement. The narrative unfolds against a backdrop of increased violence and heightened tensions in her hometown. As she reconnects with family, old friends, and a past love, Aisha must confront her scars and the guilt she left behind. Filmed in Cape Coast, Ghana, the feature boasts compelling cinematography and storytelling, with additional cast members including Mike Afolarin, Andrew Bunting, and Jemima Osunde.

Ayanna Lonian, Director of Content Acquisition at Prime Video, expressed the global appeal of "Water and Garri," stating, "Audiences around the world are looking for well-made, contemporary African stories, and Water and Garri delivers that with a fresh perspective." Lonian commended the stellar debut by Tiwa Savage, Meji Alabi (film director), and the entire talented cast and crew.

Tiwa Savage shared her excitement about bringing her film to a global audience, saying, "Developing and shooting my film from an idea to launching globally on Prime Video is a dream fulfilled. I am excited for my fans and newer audiences to experience this vulnerable side of me that I have never shown."

Jimi Adesanya, producer and Unbound Studios executive, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration with Prime Video, highlighting the cultural significance of the film in celebrating the convergence of film and music, particularly from Africa.

"Water and Garri" is a co-production between Everything Savage, Unbound Studios, and JM Films. Directed and edited by Meji Alabi, the film is produced by Jimi Adesanya and written by Comfort Emmanuel, featuring music by Tiwa Savage. The executive producers include Savage, Vannessa Amadi-Ogbonna, Adesanya, and Alabi.

This Nigerian production joins Prime Video's array of global Amazon Original and Exclusive series and movies, adding to the platform's diverse selection, which includes titles like Gen V, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, The Wheel of Time, Riches, and Coming 2 America.

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