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Play Network to dramatise 1993 plane hijack

The story of Nigeria’s 1993 plane hijack is to be turned into a feature film called Hijack ’93.

Charles Okpaleke

The news was revealed by Play Network CEO Charles Okpaleke, who said that Nigerian storytellers should focus on Nigerian stories, both classics and real-life events, and turn them into feature films.

In 1993, four Nigerian teenagers, angry at events that followed the June 12 elections, hijacked a Nigerian Airways plane that was heading to Abuja from Lagos.

According to Okpaleke, the story will be based on accounts from the four hijackers.

“Since history was taken away from our Nigerian curriculum, we leave our kids with little to no knowledge about their past heroes, about the ‘villains,’ about the country that was and everything that has led to the Nigeria that is,” he said.

“We decided to take this responsibility upon ourselves, lest stories like that of King Jaja of Opobo – which we are currently in the phase of pre-production – the Nigerian Airways flight hijack, and many more, be forgotten.

“Two years ago, we interviewed three out of the four young Nigerians who hijacked athe plane in Nigeria in 1993 to protest the annulment of the June 12 elections. These young, brave, patriotic Nigerians were in their early 20s, and after they got arrested, went to prison for over a decade at such a prime moment in their lives.”

Okpaleke added that auditions for the film will begin next month, via Play Network. Hijack ’93 is being produced in partnership with the British Film Institute and the British government.

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Netflix adds four Nigerian movies

Jammal Ibrahim in The Delivery Boy

Global streaming giant Netflix is adding four new Nigerian titles to its platform this month.

The Delivery Boy and Light in the Dark will premiere on May 14 and 18 respectively and Anchor Baby starts on May 20. Play Network’s award-winning feature film Living in Bondage: Breaking Free will also make its debut this month.

The Delivery Boy is an award-winning thriller written and directed by cinematographer Adekunle Nodash Adejuyigbe, which tells the story of an orphaned boy who runs into a young prostitute on a fated night. It stars Jammal Ibrahim and Jemima Osunde.

Light in the Dark is directed by Ekene Som Mekwunye. It follows a couple who struggle to mend their marriage after a terrifying home invasion and stars Nollywood actors including Rita Dominic, Kalu Ikeagwu, Joke Silva and Bimbo Ademoye.

Anchor Baby is another thriller, this time produced and directed by Lonzo Nzekwe. It follows the struggle of a Nigerian couple who defy deportation orders and go into hiding to secure their unborn child’s US citizenship and stars Omoni Oboli and Sam Sarpong.

Living in Bondage: Breaking Free is a sequel to the Chris Obi Rapu directed 1992 thriller Living in Bondage. Written by Nicole Asinugo and CJ Obasi and directed by Ramsey Nouah, the movie follows Nnamdi, whose quest for the lavish life takes him down the same questionable path as his father. It features Kenneth Okonkwo, Bob-Manuel Udokwu and Kanayo O Kanayo.

Netflix, which plans to take on more than 50 new titles, recently commissioned an original dance drama series called Jiva!, produced by Cape Town production house Blue Ice Africa.

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