In Iyi village, villagers worship the mermaid deity Mami Wata and turn to their healer Mama Efe, the intermediary between them and Mami Wata, as well as Mama Efe’s daughter, Zinwe, and her protégé, Prisca. When the children begin to die and disappear, Jabi, a local resident, casts doubt on the population, while Zinwe flees, driven by her own anguish. Soon, the arrival of a rebellious warlord, Jasper, tips the scales in Jabi’s favor. Mama Efe is murdered and Jasper takes the opportunity to take control of the village, while Prisca and Zinwe must plot to save Iyi and restore Mami Wata’s glory.
C.J. Obasi has directed features and shorts such as Ojuju (2014), Hello, Rain (2018), Juju Stories (2021), featuring in over 80 film festivals, including Gothenburg, BFI London, Fantasia, Oberhausen and Locarno. In 2016, Obasi and co-directors, Abba Makama and Michael Omonua founded a cinema collective called Surreal16 to challenge the Nollywood status-quo by creating boundary-pushing surreal genre films. Mami Wata is his latest project.