By Tafi Mhaka

Vaya, the latest movie from acclaimed Nigerian-born actor, writer and director, Akin Omotoso, explores the lives of three unrelated but ultimately connected people, who make their way to Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city, in the hope of finding opportunities in eGoli, the city of gold.

Ever since gold was discovered in present-day Gauteng Province in 1884, Johannesburg has welcomed a diversity of migrants from across South Africa – and further, the length and breadth of the African continent – all seeking golden opportunities, all pursuing the good life.

Intertwined with the many success stories Joburgers love to share are tall tales of high drama, love gone wrong, sheer excess, untold riches, unbridled passion, lost opportunities, vulnerability, poverty: you know, the kind of stuff dreams are really made of.

Vaya, which stars Mncedisi Shabangu, Zimkhitha Nyoka, Nomonde Mbusi, Sihle Xaba, Warren Masemola, Sibusiso Msimang and Azwile Chamane, made its world premier at the 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival.

The festival ran from September 8 -18. 

“It’s been eight years in the making and on behalf of the team, we are thrilled and look forward to sharing it with the audience in Toronto and soon after bringing it back to the continent,” said Omotoso.