By Tomilola Coco Adeyemo
Abacha died in June 1998 but years later, he still seems extremely relevant.
You may argue that this is only possible because the late dictator embezzled so much money and the yearly discovery of his loot is the only thing more constant than NEPA (and change, yes pun intended) but there is no denying the fact that this man’s life was interesting and it needs its own biopic.
Here are 5 obvious reasons the former head of state should get a biopic:
He was unfortunately a huge part of Nigeria’s history – In 1993, after MKO Abiola, the then winner of the Presidential election was denied his win, Abacha infamously overtook the government and, locked Abiola up. Abiola never got out till he died. This story needs to make it to the big screen so the younger generation can see the fight against democracy in the early 90s.
Every bad guy gets their own movie – Hitler, the racist presidents in America and even the devil (in every Adam and Eve depiction) got their movie. So why not Abacha? He deserves to be seen for who he really was and as many times as possible.
He is relevant – Almost 18 years after, Abacha still manages to stay relevant. Probably the only dead Nigerian who appears on social media more than anyone else. So why exactly aren’t we telling this story yet?
The Apple angle won’t look bad on screen – because of Abacha’s notoriety, a lot of people feared him so it was surprising when the story of him being dead featured an apple and a prostitute. It would be good to see how an ordinary fruit can send a powerful man to his grave so easily.
We need a biopic with a lot of action – stories with a lot of action on the big screen have always been a favorite for fans across the world. So imagine a biopic telling Abacha’s story, a man who was not only an Army General but who terrorized the most populous black nation in the world and got away with it for years only to be killed by an apple :/
Definitely a story worth seeing.