Tiwa Savage is set to make her debut as a lead actress in the Prime Video film “Water and Garri,” which is scheduled to start streaming in 2024. Co-produced by Everything Savage, Unbound Studios, and JM Films, the movie is directed and edited by the acclaimed Afrobeats creative, Meji Alabi.
“Water and Garri” follows the story of Aisha (played by Savage), an ambitious fashion designer returning to her home after a decade working in the elite fashion industry in the US. Directed by Meji Alabi, known for his work with artists like Burna Boy and Mr Eazi, the film explores Aisha’s journey as she reconnects with family, old friends, and a past love in a home drastically changed by time and chance.
This marks Tiwa Savage’s first lead role, a significant step in her acting career after notable cameo appearances in projects like MTV Shuga Naija. The film, described as a vulnerable exploration of Savage, is a spinoff from her 2021 EP of the same title. Savage, alongside Vannessa Amadi-Ogbonna, Jimi Adesanya, and Meji Alabi, serves as an executive producer on the project.
Filmed primarily in Cape Coast, Ghana, “Water and Garri” also stars Mike Afolarin, Andrew Bunting, and Jemima Osunde. The movie delves into themes of self-discovery, confronting the past, and embracing scars, providing audiences with a contemporary African story.
Tiwa Savage expressed her excitement about the film, stating, “Developing and shooting my film from an idea to launching globally on Prime Video is a dream fulfilled.” She looks forward to sharing this vulnerable side of her with fans and new audiences.
Prime Video’s Ayanna Lonian praised the film, noting its fresh perspective on contemporary African stories. Producer Jimi Adesanya highlighted the collaboration with Prime Video, describing “Water and Garri” as a cultural milestone celebrating the cross-power of film and music, particularly from Africa.
The film, written by Comfort Emmanuel with music by Tiwa Savage, promises to be a cultural and cinematic experience for audiences globally.