The Mirror Boy (Nigeria: 2010)


Obi Emelonye

Cast list

Genevieve Nnaji…Teema
Osita Iheme… Mirror Boy
Fatima Jabbe… Queen
Edward Kagutuzi… Tijan
Emma Fletcher… Miss Nugent
Peter Halpin … PC Andrew
Aisha Barry … Leema
Rohey Camara… Third Journalist
Victor Carbalho… Chief
Felix Ceesay… Police Sergeant
Momodu Musa Ceesay… Ballam Musa
Ify Chukwu… Police Officer


Producers: Patrick Campbell and Obi Emelonye


The Mirror Boy is a mystical journey through Africa, seen through the eyes of a 12 year old boy, Tijan. After a London street fight, in which a local boy is hurt, Tijan's mother decides to take him back to their roots, to Gambia. On their arrival in Banjul, Tijan encounters a strange apparition, a boy smiling at him in a mirror and vanishing. Seeing the same boy in a crowded street market the next day sets in motion a chain of events and eventually Tijan finds himself lost. While Tijan's panic-stricken mother struggles to find her son, Tijan is left alone in the company of the enigmatic Mirror Boy, seemingly only visible to him. After a bruising spiritual rite of passage, The Mirror Boy takes Tijan on a mystical journey, but all is not what it seems.


Bitterly disappointing, ocube
The Mirror Boy Film Review, Bee Suarez
The Mirror Boy Review, Natasja Madinda
Punch's Review on 'Mirror Boy' Today, Bigsam Media
The Mirror Boy, Nollywood REinvented
The Mirror Boy Review, Natasja Madinda
Obi Emelonye's The Mirror Boy Premieres at Leicester Square London, Chinaka Iwunze

Academic Articles

Ugor, Paul Ushang. “Youth culture and the struggle for social space: The Nigerian video films.” Dissertation Abstracts International Section A 70. (2010). PsycINFO. Web. 19 Nov. 2013.
Harrow, Kenneth W. Trash: African Cinema From Below. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 2013. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 19 Nov. 2013.