Ozwald Boateng set to release biopic in NigeriaA Man’s Story, which shows Ozwald’s life through the lens of director, Varon Bonicos, will premiere in July
Popular Ghanaian-British tailor, Ozwald Boateng, famous for being clothe-maker for several Hollywood top actors, is set to release his biopic titled ‘A Man’s Story’ in cinemas on the 27th of July 2012 by Okhma Global Ltd. A Man’s Story shows the life of Ozwald through the lens of director, Varon Bonicos, from 1998 through to 2010.
At a press conference held at the Genesis Deluxe Cinema on Monday, March 12, a 20-minute clip from the film was shown to members of the press. The clip showed Ozwald from 1998 going through a painful divorce with his first wife Pasquale, to an almost catastrophic fashion show in Paris, and about to go bankrupt after a robbery that set him back by 75,000 British Pounds, to present day when he stands as one of the most celebrated fashion designers in the world.
Ozwald, whose parents emigrated from Ghana in the 1950’s, expressed his belief in the African continent, saying he believes that the continent can be a leading force in the global scheme
I am very passionate about Africa, and very passionate about the development of Africa, and very passionate about Nigeria’s role in Africa. My big thing for Africa is in Africa recognising that it controls 50 percent of the world’s natural resources, and if it has that why is it considered to be poor?
So I am all about the re-promotion of Africa into a continent that everyone understands has a wealth of opportunities – Boateng
He also spoke of his personal contribution towards the growth of the African continent through his Made in Africa Foundation that will focus on infrastructural development on the African continent.
“I set up a foundation, the Made in Africa foundation, to finance feasibility studies for infrastructures across Africa. I basically worked out that US$400 million of funding for feasibility studies and master plans across Sub-Saharan Africa would develop over US$100 billion of infrastructure projects, which in turn would create a value of a trillion dollars across Africa.
Ozwald Boateng said the film was almost an accidental production, originally scheduled to cover three-weeks but eventually spanned through a ten-year period.
The film evolved over time…And it kind of happened by accident. It was a difficult film for me to make, at the starts it was not obviously clear why I should have done it, but now at the end it is very clear that it is an inspirational film and I think that is very important especially for young people
Speaking about the 98-minute biopic, Boateng stated that he hopes the film will inspire belief amongst the young Africans who are going through challenging times.