Kemi works in her parents’ flower shop, and she dreams of becoming one of the happy married couples she sees every day. Her longtime lawyer boyfriend Umar has promised to marry her when he gets a promotion, but she is growing impatient. Still living with her embarrassing parents, she spends her nights in her room, planning the wedding she hopes to have someday. Then comes the day that she has been waiting for; Umar has got the promotion! However, when she arrives expecting a big proposal, he breaks up with her instead. Devastated, she goes on a delivery, and, unable to see where she is going through tears of grief, she gets hit by a car. The driver turns out to be Tunde Kulani, the famous Nollywood movie star.
While Tunde tends to her wounds, Kemi breaks down and tells him about her dilemma. Tunde offers to help her get Umar to propose. They devise a plan. They will pretend to be a couple to make Umar jealous and get him back proposing on his knees.
As with Small Boy, Bello brought new faces to the secondary roles and decided to mix the main cast with up-and-coming young actors. For most of them, including TV star Damilola Adegbite, it was their first time acting in a Nigerian feature film. Another new experience was having them getting used to the director’s unique style and techniques during their weeks of rehearsal.Damilola Adegbite as Kemi Williams, a young romantic florist who works for her parents while constantly dreaming of her perfect wedding day.
Chris Attoh as Umar Abubakar, Kemi’s long-time boyfriend. He’s an ambitious young lawyer, anxious to rapidly climb the ladder in the law firm where he works.
Blossom Chukwujekwu as Tunde Kulani, the hot Nollywood film star. The decision to cast Chukwujekwu in this role was unanimous. Chukwujekwu says, the message of the movie and how beautifully it was written was his attraction.
Eku Edewor as Sapphire, Tunde’s on-and-off sexy, vixen girlfriend who blackmails Tunde without any hesitation.
Bikiya Graham-Douglas as Stella, Kemi’s quirky, outrageous best friend. Says Graham-Douglas, "Stella is energetic, flamboyant, unapologetic, full of life and she’s very caring....". Says Bello, "Graham-Douglas was a ball of energy on set".
Patrick Doyle as Kemi’s eccentric father, Mr. Williams.
Teni Aofeyebi as Mrs. Ada, the queen of the tabloid industry.
Tosan Edremoda-Ugbeye as Funke Williams, Kemi’s sweet, loving mother.
Ahide Adum as Tunde’s wealthy father and agent, Sule Kulani.
Grace Agu as Taiwo, one of the stuck-up sales assistants
Angela Adiele as Morenike, the second snobbish sales assistant
Jude Orhorha as Mr. Odo, Umar’s boss in the law firm
Michelle Bello developed the initial rough script for the film while studying for her master's degree in Communications at Regent University in Virginia, United States. The class was asked to write a full-length feature film script, which she had never done before. She gave a lot of thought to the story she would want to write about; one that would be exciting enough to develop into a ninety-page script.
She says; "I loved watching romantic comedy. I’ve always been a romantic at heart and I could often relate to the main characters and their experiences. I really wanted to take this genre and adapt it to a modern day movie set in Lagos, Nigeria. I wanted to explore a whole range of colorful characters - both their good sides and their bad sides because at the end of the day no one is perfect."
Bello wrote the first draft of Flower Girl, which was originally called Caught Up, in the short period of two months. She added issues occurring in relationships of young couples today in Nigerian society making it relatable for the young audiences.
"I remember my screenwriting professor really liked the first draft of the script because he gave me an A, so I was really happy. Back then, I never really thought of it as my second feature film. It was only when trying to come up with some ideas with my brother who wrote the final script that I realized that this script would be great to shoot back home as it had an international theme and crossover appeal," says Bello.
Screenwriter Jigi Bello says, Flower Girl was a unique opportunity to create a cinematic world that would appeal to audiences in his country. He says As a Nigerian, it was exciting to explore the characters in the new quickly emerging middle class. It starts with a real group of characters you would meet on a Lagos street: the romantic, the playboy, the business man, the mentor, and through a twist of fate allow them to discover each other.
"The fun for me as a writer and where the comedy comes from is the honesty of these characters to their own beliefs, no matter how crazy the situation. I hope others enjoy the story as much as I did," adds Bello.
Co-Producer Michelle Dede says, Producing a film, especially in Nigeria, is not the easiest thing to do…. It was very rewarding because of the experience of being on a film set and all the little things that go into making a movie possible.
Music was composed by Hitplay. Several additional songs include:"Ma Se Yen" - performed by Lesoul
"Falling for You" - performed by Kaline
"Fine Lady" - performed by Lynxxx
"Best In Me" - performed by Efya
The world premiere of Flower Girl took place on 13 February 2013 in Lagos, Nigeria. It went on general release in Nigeria on Valentine’s Day 2013 and received mixed critical reviews. The film was the number one box office hit that weekend in Lagos. The Ghana premiere subsequently took place on 5 May 2013 in Accra and on the first night had to be shown in an additional cinema hall due to the large number of people there who had anxiously awaited the arrival of the movie in their country.
The UK premiere was held on 26 September 2013 at the Odeon Cinema in Greenwich. Talking Drum Entertainment UK distributed a new edited version of the romantic comedy on Friday, 4th, October, 2013 in selected Odeon, Vue, Cineworld and independent cinemas.
Flower Girl was also screened at the Hollywood Black Film Festival 2013 and had its US premiere at the festival screening in Los Angeles on 3 October 2013.Best Set Design - Nollywood Movies Awards 2014
Best Sound Design - Nollywood Movies Awards 2014
Best Soundtrack for Efya - Nollywood Movies Awards 2014
Best Editing - Nollywood Movies Awards 2014
Favourite New Nollywood Film - Screen Nation Awards 2014
The Trailblazer Award - Africa Magic Viewer's Choice Awards 2014
Best Supporting Actress - Africa Magic Viewer's Choice Awards 2014
Best Script (Comedy) - Africa Magic Viewer's Choice Awards 2014
Best African Film - Black International Film Festival U.K 2013