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Magic Carpet adapts Ekwensi novel as toon

The Passport of Mallam Ilia

Nigerian animation house Magic Carpet Studio is working on an animated feature film based on The Passport of Mallam Ilia, a 19th century novel by Nigerian author Cyprian Ekwensi.

The Lagos company is adapting the novel as a 2D animated movie set in Northern Nigeria exploring one man’s unyielding resolve for revenge, love, betrayal and conquest. Primarily taking place in Kano, the story chronicles the journey of a young warrior who spends his life seeking vengeance for the death of his wife.

The project is being billed as Africa’s first 2D feature film by the producers.

Ferdy Ladi Adimefe, Magic Carpet Studios’ producer and CEO, said: “The global demand for animation-themed stories is on the rise and with this rush in demand comes a huge opportunity to explore the African animation industry. Currently, the total value of the global animation industry stands at US$270bn.

“As an innovative storytelling company, Magic Carpet Studios brings animated characters to life through a convergence of striking visual artistry, creativity and storytelling with the aim of giving our audience a unique experience. Its goal is to make great films with great people. We are excited to be working with talented people, combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology.”

Chekwube Okonkwo, art director and co-founder at Magic Carpet Studio, is also working on the production. Among the individual investors in the project are Ego Boyo, CEO of Nollywood studio Temple Productions, and entrepreneur Yomi Awobokun.

Other projects in the production pipeline at Magic Carpet include Papilo, a 3D feature film biopic of Africa’s celebrated footballer; family TV series Meet the Igwes; Dooshima, an educational TV series on climate change; and kids’ TV series SuperDad.

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TV duo reunite for Mr X Family Show

Mr X Family Show stars Richard Mofe-Damijo and Ego Boyo

The stars of two classic TV series have reunited for Africa Magic Showcase drama Mr X Family Show which will premiere on DSTV in May.

Producer and star Richard Mofe-Damijo will act alongside Ego Boyo, with the pair playing a couple two decades after they took lead roles in classic TV series Violated and Checkmate.

Mofe-Damijo said: “I can only hope that getting back together again on TV will tickle fans of Ann Hathrope and Segun Kadiri and the fans of Tega and Peggy who have been craving to have them grace their TV screens again. Ego and I are pretty excited about this and hope the excitement catches on.”

Mofe-Damijo will be making his debut as a producer with the series. Information about other cast members is yet to be released.

Mr X Family Show is exclusive to Africa Magic Showcase, on DSTV channel 151. It will premiere on May 6 at 18.00 and repeat broadcast will be aired on Thursday and Friday at 23.30.

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