19-year-old Nigerian immigrant DAYO (Abraham Attah) starts his first year at an American University after recently moving to the United States. Naturally reserved, Dayo decides to join Tau Alpha Zeta (TAZ), a popular African-American fraternity that represents the flair and confidence he’s missing in his life. During his pledging process, Dayo begins to bond with his fellow group of pledgees; however, at home, Dayo must keep his college life a secret from his previously estranged father, JULIUS (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine), who is a strict, deeply religious pastor at a local church. Adding to the tension of unfamiliarity between the two is Dayo’s hidden resentment toward his father, who abandoned him and his mother, Elizabeth (Adepero Oduye), in Nigeria to start a new life in America when Dayo was just a child. As the pledging process grows increasingly demanding, Dayo must decide if he wants to appease his father, and their relationship, or if he wants to become his own man.
Tazmanian Devil is written and directed by award-winning filmmaker, Solomon Onita Jr. Onita is an MFA graduate of LMU, first-generation Nigerian-American and a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Tazmanian Devil is Onita's debut feature film.