BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
While the whole brouhaha of the closing events of the Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, settled, respected Nollywood director, Izu Ojukwu released the trailer of ’76 which he is co-producing with Adonijah Owiriwah.
’76 tells the story of a young officer from the middle belt who gets entangled in a romantic relationship with a beautiful O-level student from the Southeastern part of Nigeria as well as his involvement in a botched coup attempt.
Here are a few things we learned from the trailer:
- Pat Nebo and Yinka Edwards: A combination that almost certainly guarantees you visual quality. The pair teamed up in Kunle Afolayan‘s October 1 and here they are on Izu’s ’76, which from the trailer, looks like something to anticipate.
- Ramsey Nouah and Rita Dominic is one acting combination we have missed. These two, on their days, are arguably two of the best actors this country currently boasts of and it is good to see that they are playing side-by-side on ’76. Even when their performances look bad, the issue hasn’t been about what they both have to offer, it’s been about what director were they working with. Now, with Izu Ojukwu, there’s further reason to look forward to seeing this movie.
- Half of a Yellow Sun now, thankfully, has an alternative. Yes, I’m aware the stories are not similar. But while Biyi Bandele‘s flop was set during the Biafran melee, this one is set six years after. However, when we need to see something from the 60s-70s, it is refreshing to know that Half of a Yellow Sun is no longer the only option.
- We are now telling “those” stories. There was a time when telling stories of the civil war or the military era was a no-no. Even Half of a Yellow Sun was banned at a point. But it is good to know that our filmmakers and storytellers
arecan now look to draw from what is the most eventful period since our nation’s independence. The fear is finally fading away. ’76 even features Murtala Mohammed‘s assassination!
- Chidi Mokeme hasn’t left us. You seldom see Mr. Mokeme in flicks these days, and at a point, I was beginning to think he had gone for good. But, here he is. Still with us.