On Saturday, cast and crew arrived on location at 7:00am to begin shooting the main story, which consists of the footballer Kashimawo’s flashbacks of his impoverished childhood with Ma’ami in Abeokuta. Tunde Kelani deliberated over the establishing shot of Ma’ami’s compound, choreographing every detail from old men playing mancala to the town tailor mending clothes on the steps.
Meanwhile, cast and crew prepared for the day’s interior shots. Funke Akindele (as Ma’ami) and Ayomide Abatti (as Young Kashimawo) rehearsed their lines, Bolu Solaja and Joy Akalu (Wardrobe Managers) fixed costumes (including a last-minute change for Young Kashimawo’s school uniform), and Bola Belo (Art Director/Production Designer) and Tunji Afolayan (Props) put finishing touches on the interior of Ma’ami’s room.
Four scenes and 12 hours later, shooting wrapped for the day. Will Funke Akindele shed her “Jenifa” nickname to be known as “Ma’ami”?