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.