Tiwa Savage Explains the Inspiration Behind Her Debut Film “Water and Garri,”

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Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage is stepping behind the camera with her debut film, “Water and Garri.” In a recent interview with CNN’s Larry Madowo on “African Voices Changemakers,” Savage revealed her passion project aims to showcase African narratives through the female perspective.

“It’s important for people to see Africa and see films interpreted from a female point of view as well,” Savage said. She expressed her belief that “Water and Garri” will not only entertain audiences but also offer a fresh perspective on African stories.

Savage highlighted the film’s significance in countering negative portrayals of Africa. She linked the project’s goals to the rising prominence of Afrobeats music, suggesting that film is following suit in presenting a more nuanced view of the continent. “It’s very, very important for us to tell our own story,” Savage emphasized.

Directed by Meji Alabi, “Water and Garri” follows Aisha, a determined fashion designer who returns to her home country after a decade in the United States following a family loss. The film explores Aisha’s journey as she confronts her past,reconnects with loved ones, and faces her inner struggles.

The movie features a talented cast including Jemima Osunde, Mike Afolarin, and Andrew Bunting.

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