Ebony Life Films enlisted the brilliance of Ishaya Bako director of “Road to Yesterday,” “Braids on a Bald Hair” and the documentary “Fueling Poverty” to work on “Royal Hibiscus Hotel”! The film which had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival will hit select cinemas on the 9th of February, 2018.
“Royal Hibiscus Hotel” is the story of a Nigerian couple who run a charming, but run-down, boutique hotel in a little town in Nigeria. In desperation, the husband Segun (Jide Kosoko) decides to sell the hotel without his wife’s knowledge, as a way of settling all their debts.
Their daughter is living in London, working a dead-end job while trying to open her own restaurant. When she decides to return to Nigeria for a vacation, Mom and Dad are elated for different reasons.
Dad wants her to sign the papers to sell the hotel she is destined to inherit, while Mom can’t wait to marry her off to a charming property developer, Deji (Kenneth Okolie).
When daughter meets Deji by accident, she has no idea that he has made the deal to buy the hotel. Just as she is finally falling for Deji, despite much resistance, she learns the truth and is devastated. Determined to save the hotel from being replaced by a shopping mall, she sets up an amazing fundraiser; but it is not enough.
With just hours to go, an anonymous donor steps in and saves the hotel from demolition. Surprisingly, her savior is Deji, who proves that love always finds a way.
“Royal Hibiscus Hotel” features Zainab Balogun, Rachel Oniga, Deyemi Okanlawon, Kenneth Okolie, Akah Nnani, Kemi Lala Akindoju