‘The Herbert Macaulay Affair’ a new movie by filmmaker Imoh Umoren’s explores the life of a Nigerian nationalist.
Umoren explained that the film dives into Macaulay’s personal life, struggles and love for Caroline Pratt, his wife.
According to several historical sources, Macaulay married Caroline Pratt, daughter of an African Superintendent of Police in December,1898.
The marriage came to an end in August, 1899 upon Caroline’s death during childbirth and Macaulay was reported to have vowed never to marry again.
Umoren said, “The Herbert Macaulay Affair is the story of Young Herbert who returned from studying overseas to sow the seeds for the revolution that would eventually lead to our Independence.
“The story takes place between 1898 and 1925. It dives into his personal life, his love for Caroline Pratt and the his family and his love for the people.
“We see different sides of Herbert; The Lover and The Revolutionary,” he said.
Umoren revealed that he was inspired to make the film in 2014 based on his findings as a member of the writing team for the Nigerian ‘100 years’ documentary.
He said, “In 2014 I was part of the writing team for Nigeria’s 100 years anniversary documentary and as we delved in I realised there were so many parts of our history that we did not touch.
“For me, I choose to make the story about him to remind Nigerians that we as a people had never stood for tyranny. We spoke in one voice and overcame oppression together.”
Umoren explained that funding was a major struggle while he tries to make the film as “some people did not believe that a Nigerian director could pull this off.” He lamented
Umoren is known for his socially conscious work, especially producing the first black and white silent film in Nollywood ‘Hard Times’ which won an Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) in 2015.
The Herbert Macaulay Affair is scheduled for a September 2019 release.