An action-packed movie, directed by Stanlee Ohikhuare; the highly anticipated movie Behind the Wheels premiered on June 16 at Silverbird Galleria with a star-studded event, attended by celebrities like; Klint Da Drunk, Jude Orhorha, Ejiro Okurame, Sambasa Nzeribe, Sam Ajibola, Olumide Oworu, Mary Uche, Chioma Nwosu, Bayray McWizu, Adeniyi Johnson and a host of others.
Ani Iyoho alias ‘the burning man’ whose story went viral in 2016 when he was reportedly burnt while shooting this movie was on ground to clear the air and show that all was a stunt for the movie and that he went unscathed which was evident.
Among the dignitaries that were in attendance at the premiere was the Chairman Actors Guild of Nigeria, Lagos Branch; Don Pedro Aganbi, and some of his executives, representatives of the FRSC; Sector Commander Lagos, Hugins U. Omeje and Zonal Head of Operations Lagos, John A. Babalola. Also in attendance were NUPENG delegates; General Secretary - Comrade Joseph Ogbegbor, Vice-President Port Harcourt Zone, Comrade Dr. Timothy Ogbu(JP), National Treasurer, Comrade Akporeha Williams, Managing Director, Nepal Oil and Gas Barr. Mrs. Ngozi Ekeoma and Group Managing Director Rain Oil Limited, Mr & Mrs Gabriel Ogbechie.
Ugochukwu Azikiwe, the Executive Producer, commenting on the movie said: “We couldn’t cut cost because we had a vision and we knew we had to come up with something phenomenal and from my point of view, this movie is phenomenal. This is my first movie and a lot has gone into it, I dare say that the outcome is satisfactory.”
“Being in the industry over the years has given me a better insight into what works and doesn’t. Apart from acting in it, I also produced the movie alongside Ugochukwu Azikiwe, and with help and support from all round we got to this stage which I am thankful for.” Actor Kelechi Udegbe, who also plays a lead-role added.
The movie which features actors; Patrick Doyle, Chiwetalu Agu, Kelechi Udegbe, Queen Nwokoye, Lucy Glover, Saeed Funny Mallam, Sani Danja, Ani Iyoho and others; tells the story of the struggle of tanker drivers on the road while they transport these flammable substances and their troubles at home with their families. Problems ranging from meager or no pay, police and military brutality, bad roads and driving conditions; anomalies which though harmful have become the everyday life and expectation of these tanker drivers who are still expected to be on their best behavior and not cause harm to the masses.
The movie which is supported by Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Petroleum Tanker Drivers Association (PTD), Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) reportedly has its sights on being turned into a television series in the near future armed with the objective of garnering a wider audience and achieving greater impact.