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Mahogany Too by Akosua Adoma Owusu
Mahogany Too
Super 8 transfer to video
3 mins

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Inspired by Nollywood’s distinct re-imagining in the form of unauthorized sequels, Mahogany Too, interprets the 1975 cult classic, Mahogany, a fashion-infused romantic drama. Starring Nigerian actress Esosa E., Mahogany Too, examines and revives Diana Ross’ iconic portrayal of Tracy Chambers, a determined and energetic African-American woman enduring racial disparities while pursuing her dreams. Mahogany Too uses analog film to achieve its vintage tones which emphasizes the essence of the character, re-creating Tracy’s qualities through fashion, modeling, and styling.


"This vibrant, Nollywood-inspired spin on the 1975 Motown-produced movie Mahogany, features actress Esosa E vogueing through the city streets under the sign of Diana Ross’s iconic fashionista Tracy Chambers. Shot on warm 16mm, Akosua Adoma Owusu’s contemporary gloss on a beloved character celebrates her ever-progressive sense of style and self-assurance." - NYFF56 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center


While living in Ghana promoting Kwaku Ananse in 2013, I met Nigerian actress Esosa E., in Makola Market, a popular market place and shopping district in the heart of Accra. I recognized Esosa from several of Kevin Jerome Everson’s films. Our serendipitous encounter in Ghana and direct connection to Virginia, places where I consider home, called for a collaboration. Our mutual obsession with Diana Ross’ style and attraction to West African features inspired me to overcome the anxiety I felt around returning to analog filmmaking aesthetics. Our schedules eventually synced up across the Atlantic in Virginia, where Mahogany Too had its genesis. - Akosua Adoma Owusu


Produced by Obibini Pictures, LLC
Directed & Produced by: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Starring Esosa E
Cinematography by Akosua Adoma Owusu
Edited by King Z
Styled & Vocals by Esosa E
Sound Design & Mix by Kari Rae Seekins


John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation