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Elechi Amadi’s Woman of Calabar hits screen

Nigerian novelist, Elechi Amadi, may not bow out of the stage without grooming a successor, either in the literary circle or in the world of make-believe.
His last daughter, Egechi Elechi Amadi, 18, taking after the renowned playwright and novelist, is one of the budding actresses starring in the screen adaptation of one of her father’s works, “The Woman of Calabar” produced by Mrs. Victoria Emamouzo Ajayi and directed by Jide Alli.

The TV serial parades popular and budding artistes like Ngozi Nwosu, Tina Mba, Toyin Osinaike and Omobogogo Ombo. Also featuring are promising talents- Emmanuel Ozzi, who played the role of Eme, Ify Omalicha(Adia), Charles Illuiuodu(Mr. Akrika) and of course, Elechi Amadi’s daughter, Egechi.

The screen adaptation of the work, which is written in the ‘70s recalls the erroneous beliefs and misconceptions about certain peoples in post-colonial Nigeria.

The 13-episode TV serial, which is set in Ibadan, Port-Harcourt and Calabar, tells the intriguing story of a young Nigerian graduate Surveyor, Eme who falls in love with Adia, a ravishing beautiful girl of Efik extraction, in Calabar in the present day Cross Rivers State.

Eme’s mum, the over-protective, Debo Akrika, will have none of her only son get married to a Calabar woman. Mrs Akrika’s anxieties were not unconnected with the age-long perceptions, which ascribed witchcraft and fetish inclinations to the average Calabar maiden.

Worse still, the sad memory of Debo’s brother who suffered a cruel fate, allegedly in the hands of a Calabar lady lingers. This, however, represents the under currents that set the stage for an imminent confrontation between Mrs. Akrika and innocent Adia.

Filled with romance, suspense and display of wits, interestingly, the encounter between Mrs. Akrika and Adia, culminates in a great revelation that fosters a quick resolution of the conflict. The drama explores the theme of love, ethnic hatred, even as it re-addresses the imperative for love and unity in a multi-racial, multi-ethnic society like Nigeria.


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