MultiChoice-owned movie channel Africa Magic has launched two locally produced telenovelas, Riona and Enakhe.
Riona is set in pre-colonial Nigeria and tells the story of a wicked king and a village under siege. Its cast includes Elvina Ibru, Najite Dede, Frank Konwea and Thelma Nwosu.
Enakhe, set in modern-day Benin City, tells the story of a rebellious daughter who, after the sudden death of her father, is forced to become the leader of her family’s criminal empire. It stars actors including Alex Usifo, Ivie Okujaye, Lancelot Oduwa Imaseun and Lota Chukwu.
The new shows are “a demonstration of MultiChoice Nigeria and Africa Magic’s commitment to investing in the Nigerian creative industry and local talents while telling stories that will resonate with customers,” according to MultiChoice.
Africa Magic channel director Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu said: “Right on the back of Big Brother Naija, we’re very excited to be introducing Riona and Enakhe, two series we’re very confident our viewers will love – so confident that we are dedicating one whole hour on primetime TV to them.
“We went hyperlocal with these, just like Ajoche and all the other fan favourites from past years. Africa Magic is very committed to telling the African story and we can’t wait to show you what we have been cooking.
The shows are airing on Africa Magic Showcase and via MultiChoice streaming platform Showmax.
MultiChoice channel Africa Magic is lining up a new series that has been filmed in the Nigerian state of Edo.
Enakhe comes as part of Edo State governor Godwin Obaseki’s drive to boost creative industry in the region, with 90% of the show shot in Edo State.
This initiative is a product of the Edo Creative Hub, which was formed after a meeting between stakeholders in the industry who had asked for more robust and constructive engagement to boost the state’s status in the sector. Enakhe deals with family feuds and illicit business deals.
Ukinebo Dare, executive director of the Edo State Skills Development Agency, said: “This project is being supported by EdoJobs and is introducing creative talent in Edo to the world, as well as telling the world that Edo is poised to host first-class productions.”
Dare said Enakhe’s showrunner, Victor Aghahowa, was born in Edo and was one of those hosted by Obaseki on International Youth Day in 2018.
“The interaction was held with various illustrious sons and daughters of Edo in Nigeria’s creative industry,” Dare said of that day in 2018. “His Excellency’s message to them was one of encouragement to join hands in building the new Edo and take the state to its pride of place in the world, something they were all passionate about.”