Tiwa Savage Delivers Debut Film “Water and Garri” to Illuminate African Stories Through Female Lens

The 44-year-old artist disclosed that her cinematic venture was born out of a fervent desire to spotlight African narratives through the unique prism of the female perspective

In a compelling revelation, Nigerian music sensation turned filmmaker Tiwa Savage has unveiled the driving force behind her debut movie, “Water and Garri.” 

The 44-year-old artist disclosed that her cinematic venture was born out of a fervent desire to spotlight African narratives through the unique prism of the female perspective.


During an insightful conversation with CNN’s Larry Madowo on the latest installment of African Voices Changemakers, Tiwa Savage articulated her vision for the project. 

She emphasized the significance of portraying Africa authentically, counterbalancing prevalent negative stereotypes, and presenting a nuanced portrayal of the continent’s multifaceted identity.

“I think it is important for people to see Africa and see the film being interpreted from a female point of view as well,” Tiwa Savage expressed passionately. 

“I love the story, and I think it is gonna draw a lot of people back to Africa in a different way.”

With an astute recognition of the burgeoning influence of Afrobeats music on the global stage, Tiwa Savage underscored the pivotal role that film plays in complementing this cultural resurgence. 

Through “Water and Garri,” she endeavors to contribute to the burgeoning wave of African storytelling, resonating with audiences on a deeper, more authentic level.


Directed by the visionary Meji Alabi, “Water and Garri” unfolds the poignant narrative of Aisha, a tenacious fashion designer who returns to her homeland following a decade-long sojourn in the United States prompted by a family tragedy. 

As Aisha navigates the complexities of her past and endeavors to mend fractured relationships, she confronts profound inner turmoil while rekindling old flames and forging new connections.

The film boasts a stellar cast, including the talented Jemima Osunde, Mike Afolarin, and Andrew Bunting, who breathe life into the intricately woven tapestry of characters. 

Their riveting performances illuminate the universal themes of love, loss, and resilience, anchoring the narrative in a rich tapestry of emotion and authenticity.

“Water and Garri” emerges as a poignant testament to the power of storytelling as a vehicle for cultural preservation and societal transformation. 

Tiwa Savage’s directorial debut serves as a beacon of hope, charting new territory in the realm of African cinema and amplifying marginalized voices.

In an era marked by pervasive stereotypes and misconceptions about the African experience, “Water and Garri” stands as a refreshing antidote, offering audiences a window into the vibrant tapestry of African life, as seen through the lens of a fiercely talented female filmmaker.

As the film prepares to make its mark on the global stage, Tiwa Savage’s visionary storytelling promises to ignite conversations, challenge perceptions, and inspire audiences to embrace the beauty and complexity of the African narrative.

In the spirit of empowerment and cultural celebration, “Water and Garri” invites viewers on a transformative journey, where the echoes of Africa’s past resonate with the promise of a brighter, more inclusive future.


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