A film adaptation of the book “Shehu Umaru” by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s first Prime Minister will screen at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival in Germany.
The festival is scheduled to take place from February 15 to 25.
Shehu Umaru is a story of African slavery written in 1966, but was published in 1971, and thereafter adapted for a film in 1976 by Adamu Halilu, the pioneer Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation.
A restoration and digitisation of the film in line with modern technological advancement, using the expertise of the Arsenal Institute of Film and Video Archives Berlin, Germany was commissioned by the German government.
According to Chidia Maduekwe, Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC):
The German Embassy’s interest in the film stemmed from its storyline, the rich Nigerian culture it portrays in addition to the dexterity and creativity of its production.
Shehu Umar is a 1976 film directed by Adamu Halilu. It would be shown at the grand finale of the festival on February 25.