Nollywood in Hollywood Presents: ISOKEN

March 24, 2018, 6:00 P.M.

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007


in collaboration with the USC School of Cinematic Arts, O2A Media Inc., American Cinematheque,
USC African American Cinema Society (AACS), and USC Black Alumni Association (USC BAA),
invite you and a guest to a special screening of



Written, Directed, and Produced by Jade Osiberu

Q&A with the lead actress, DAKORE AKANDE

6:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 24th, 2018

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007



About Isoken

Everyone in the Osayande family worries about Isoken. Although she has what appears to have a perfect life - beautiful, successful and surrounded by great family and friends - Isoken is still unmarried at 34 which, in a culture obsessed with marriage, is serious cause for concern. Things come to a head at her youngest sister's wedding when her overbearing mother thrusts her into an orchestrated matchmaking with the ultimate Edo man, Osaze. Osaze is handsome, successful and from a good family, making him perfect Nigerian husband material. But in an unexpected turn of events, Isoken meets Kevin who she finds herself falling in love with and he just might be what she truly wants in a partner. The only problem is, not only is he not an Edo man, he is Oyinbo (Caucasian). Isoken is a romantic comedy that explores cultural expectations, racial stereotypes and the bonds that unite families in touching, dramatic and comedic ways.

Provided courtesy of the filmmaker. Not rated. Running time: 98 minutes.

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About the Guest

DAKORE AKANDE (Lead Actress)

Dakore Akande is a veteran of the Nollywood film industry, staring in over eighty films. She made her debut in 1999 with the Nollywood classic, SILENT TEARS. Her recent films include the blockbuster, FIFTY, which premiered at the British Film Institute in London and was picked up by Netflix. She can be seen in the new film, NEW MONEY, debuting this weekend in Nigeria. Her films have played in several film festivals, including the Pan African Film Festival and the Pan-Africain Cannes in France.

Known for her depth and versatility, Dakore’s career is not only limited to film and television. She’s a star of the critically acclaimed stage production, HEAR WORD monologues, Nigeria’s version of the Vagina monologues that has played in several parts of the world, including at Harvard University. She is the lead actress in ISOKEN, the movie in the showcase.

Outside the creative arts, Dakore is a humanitarian activist who lends her time and energy to social causes. She is the current ambassador of ActionAid Nigeria. She was a former Ambassador for Amnesty International and OxFam America in the campaign for the control of arms and ammunition. She partnered with the United Nations in the campaign for girl-child education and violence against women.

About Nollywood in Hollywood

Nollywood in Hollywood is a celebration of Nigeria’s growing cinema. From very inauspicious beginnings about twenty-five years ago, the industry grew to be the second largest in the world in terms of output. It is estimated that over 1,000 films are produced in Nollywood every year, most of them direct to video. In recent years, Nollywood films have garnered critical acclaim and have been exhibited at top film festivals. NOLLYWOOD IN HOLLYWOOD is the inaugural edition of what is planned as an annual exhibition of Nigeria's best films.

The event will include screenings, seminars and networking events. It is co-presented by the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian and O2A Media Inc.

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About the African American Cinema Society (AACS)

The mission of the African American Cinema Society is to highlight and promote art and artists who are invested in showcasing complex and sophisticated representations of blackness and the black diaspora.

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About the USC Black Alumni Association (USC BAA)

Founded in 1976 by Rev. Dr. Thomas Kilgore Jr., the USC Black Alumni Association (USC BAA) is a leadership network established to strengthen the legacy of educational attainment and excellence of USC’s Black students. The USC BAA provides scholarship assistance, career mentoring and cultural advocacy through alumni networking, volunteer involvement, philanthropy and social enterprise. Our vision is to enable the most ethnically diverse and inclusive experience for all students, alumni and the community, given the rich legacy, contributions and participation of Black Trojans in the global success of USC.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 5:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street.

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Contact Information

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