‘76′, POST-CIVIL WAR TALE
Africa Magic has partnered with Adonis Productions and Princewill’s Trust to produce ‘76, a tale of love, trust, faith and family set against the backdrop of war and nation building.
Set six years after the Nigerian civil war, ‘76 tells the story of a young military officer from Nigeria’s Middle Belt region who gets entangled in a romantic relationship and eventually marries a beautiful student from the South-Eastern part of Nigeria. Their budding romance is threatened by endless military postings, and they face the ultimate test when news of the soldier’s involvement in a botched coup attempt hits the headlines.
Speaking on the movie, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, the Director, M-Net West Africa, said ‘76 was an adventurous foray into filmmaking in Nigeria.
“It’s an exciting, compelling storyline that many Nigerians and indeed Africans will relate with,” said Ms. Mba-Uzoukwu.
Award-winning Director, Izu Ojukwu, ‘76 is inspired by events which led up to and followed the botched 1976 coup d’etat, and features real life, archived, actual footage that contributes to the movie’s overall authenticity. The execution of the movie was also done with approval and support from the Nigerian Army. Ojukwu, described it as a tale of love in the time of war.
The release of ‘76 comes four decades after the actual events, and follows four years of work by the director and the production duo of Adonis Productions and Princewill’s Trust. ‘76 stars renowned Nollywood names including Rita Dominic, Ramsey Nouah, Chidi Mokeme, Ibinabo Fiberesinma, Ada Ofoegbu, and Daniel K. Daniel.
The Executive Producer and a patron of the Nigerian Association of Movie Producers, Prince Tonye T.J.T Princewill, said: ‘76 is a deeply emotional movie, and it resonated deeply with me as I am sure it will do for viewers not just in Nigeria, but around the world.
‘76 premieres mid-2016 and thereafter comes to screens across the continent courtesy of Africa Magic.
Speaking on the Nigerian Army’s involvement in the movie, the Head Civil-Military Affairs Army Head Quarters, Nicholas Rogers, said the military today has “moved to a different place” from where it was in 1976. “As the world has evolved, so have we,” said Rogers, a major-general.
“The relationship between the army and the people is even more critical. Our true strength comes from our collaboration, and nowhere is it better illustrated than in partnerships such as these.”
Rogers also reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army Leadership to anything positive that tells the true story.
Speaking further, Ms. Mba-Uzoukwu added that ‘76 was yet another example of the ongoing partnerships between Africa Magic and the leading movie Nigerian production houses.
“Our resolve to continuously improve the Nigerian film industry remains a key part of our investment strategy. Through our ongoing partnerships with Nollywood industry stakeholders, we continue to positively impact Nollywood, a factor that steadily ensures continuous development in the industry even as it also gives us the opportunity to add to the exciting content on our channels.”
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