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Dust To Dreams: Idris Elba To Write/Direct Film Starring Nse Ikpe Etim, Eku Edewor

The Story

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) collaborates with Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Studio to produce the short film Dust to Dreams 

Tell Me More

Dust to Dream, a short film from the collaboration of Ebony Life Studios and Afreximbank, is said to be directed by Idris Elba. The film follows the relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter as she meets her father for the first time.

Starring Singer Seal, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Eku Edewor, Atlanta Bridget Johnson, and Constance Olatunde, among many others.

Dust to Dreams was created by Mo Abudu and written and directed by Elba. Mo Abudu will serve as both executive producer and producer, with Heidi Uys as supervising producer. Alongside Abudu and Uys on the project are producers Temidayo Makanjuola, Inem King, and Vanessa Demme.

“I am delighted to be working with Afreximbank and this incredibly talented team. Dust to Dreams is a story close to my heart, and I’m thrilled to bring it to life with such passionate collaborators.”Mo Abudu.


Afreximbank is a pan-African multilateral financial institution created in the early ’90s under the auspices of the African Development Bank.

The Bank is committed to supporting Africa’s creative industries through financing, facilitation, providing market access solutions, capacity building, and other services.”.

In regards to this commitment, Afreximbank announces a $1 billion African Film Fund to be launched in 2024 to support the continent’s film industry. The fund would oversee film financing, co-finance with large studios, finance African filmmakers, and finance producers and directors of film projects across the continent.

The Bank has film, music, visual arts, fashion, and sports deals in the pipeline from Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya, which should be on streaming platforms in 2024.

Key Background 

Idris Elba is an American actor, rapper, singer, and DJ. An alumnus of the National Youth Music Theatre in London, he is known for roles including Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire (2002–2004), DCI John Luther in the BBC One series Luther (2010–2019), and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013).

Idris Elba’s first directing credit is the 2018 crime thriller Yardie

The feature follows Dennis Campbell who is hired by a criminal authority to deliver a package to a gangster in London. However, he finds out that his brother’s killer dwells in the same city and wants to seek revenge.

In 2016, Elba was named in the Time 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World.

As of May 2019, his films have grossed over $9.8 billion at the global box office, including over $3.6 billion in North America, where he is one of the top 20 highest-grossing actors

In Summary

Production for the short film seems to have commenced and the title is now on track to be released ahead of Creatvie Africa Nexus 2024

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