In an innovative partnership that showcases South Africa’s diverse leisure tourism attractions through the powerful medium of film, this week sees the official South African premiere of the hit Nollywood action comedy 10 Days in Sun City.
The movie, which is the highest-earning film in Nigeria this year and topped that country’s box office for two weeks after its release in June, was unveiled to South African audiences on Thursday.
Aptly, the launch took place at the Sun City resort in the North West Province, where much of 10 Days in Sun City was filmed. The film, directed by South African-based Nigerian director Adze Ugah, will be released in 20 cinemas across South Africa on 25 August 2017.
This smash hit Nollywood blockbuster features Nigerian A-listers Ayo Makun (also known as AY), Richard Mofe Damijo, Mercy Johnson and Adesua Etomi, as well as rapper Falz and Afro-pop artist 2Face Idibia. It also stars South African actress Amanda Du-Pont and comediennes Celeste Ntuli and Thenjiwe Mosely, as well as Hollywood actor Miguel Nunes Jr.
South African Tourism has hailed the rom-com as a shining example of how entertainment and tourism can converge in a credible, creative and effective manner, thanks to mutually beneficial partnerships – in this case, between the film’s producers and Sun International.
Said Sisa Ntshona, South African Tourism’s Chief Executive Officer: “Nigeria is one of South Africa’s most important tourist source markets in Africa, as well as a valuable ally in growing tourism on the continent. With Nollywood being the second-largest movie industry in the world, we are thrilled that so many of Gauteng and North West tourism offerings have been given a prime starring role in this film, integrated into the thrill-a-minute plotline.
“Audiences are whisked on a rollercoaster ride of experiences in close proximity such as hot-air ballooning and safari game drives in the Magaliesberg, a cruise on the Hartbeespoort Dam, visiting Lesedi Cultural Village and high-end shopping in Sandton, then into the heart of Soweto to see Nelson Mandela’s house and the Hector Pieterson Memorial – all set against the luxurious and adventure-packed backdrop of Sun City itself.”
Ntshona said 10 Days in Sun City aligned perfectly with South African Tourism’s “5 in 5” strategy, which has set the target of attracting an additional five million domestic and international tourists within the next five years – including from the African continent.
He explained that the idea for the film was conceived after a successful hosting of Nigerian “influencers” by South African Tourism. “We thank Corporate World Entertainment, the producers, for choosing South Africa as the setting for their blockbuster and are confident that the cross-continental ties that were forged during this exciting project will continue to bear fruit as we showcase Africa to the world,” he said.
10 Days in Sun City has made N170 million (more than R6 million) at the box office to date, which places it as the highest-grossing film in Nigeria in 2017, ahead of the latest Fast and the Furious sequel and Wonder Woman, and the biggest Nollywood film of the year to date.
Following its South African cinema release through Times Media Films, it is slated for distribution in four Francophone African countries, as well as in the United Kingdom, France, the United States and Canada.