BY TOYOSI AGBAJE
The telenovela, Taste of Love, is from the stables of Micromedia and its story revolves around love, betrayal, power tussle and business. Shileola Ibironke produces.
There are two major families. The Pepples – Jonathan Pepple (Kunle Coker), Kelechi Pepple (Blossom Chukwujekwu) Tochukwu Pepple (Mofe Duncan), Nnnena Pepple (Orishajobi Dolapo), the funny and all-seeing Nne Adaora (Tolulope Adeyemi) and Feyisayo Pepple (Tochukwu’s wife). They have a son named CJ. The second major family on the series are the Musa-Philips consisting of Ibrahim Musa Philips (Ayo Lijadu), Hadiza (Makida Moka), Alex (Deyemi Okanlawon); Eve Ikpeba (Chelsea Eze) who is married to the troublesome (Femi Brainard) and they have a daughter, Loretta together. Other acts in the series include Ebitimi Rhodes (Wale Macaulay), Grandpa Pepple (Yomi Obileye), Ronke (Lilian Esoro) and Kiki Omeli (Getty).
Ibrahim feels betrayed by his one-time best friend Jonathan as he went to jail and also lost his wife. As a result he vowed not to have anything to do with the Pepples but in a bid to please his older girlfriend Adesuwa, his son Alex sells part of their company shares to the Pepples, making them part owner of the company. Later, two children from the feuding families, Kelechi and Hadiza fall in love. (Their love and kisses is “wantintin”)
Betrayals, schemings and misconceived ideas are also part of the drama the series brings to the viewer’s television screen.
It’s been a long time I saw a Nigerian television serial with a wonderful soundtrack. The soundtrack alone can make you fall in love with the series. In one of the early episodes where Kelechi tried to forcefully open the first aid box was very well played. The props, casting, opening montage, directing, cinematography, production design and acting are quite well above average too.
However, I did not like the illustration of Paris when Feyisayo was making a call. They failed impress me with that after all they are offering going by the level of the series.
And yes we have our own Nigerian version of Telemundo!
It’s an exquisite series.
Toyosi blogs at yottymama.blogspot.com