By BENJAMIN NJOKU
After the success recorded by his popular TV series, Heaven’s Gate, Zik Zulu Okafor has returned with a brand new TV series called, Oasis. It’s a 39-episode sitcom billed to hit the screen in the last quarter of the year.
In a chat with HVP, Okafor said, “Oasis featuring the likes of Monalisa Chinda, Beverly Naya, Segun Arinze, Tope Tedela who won the Best Actor in Africa at last year’s Africa magic Viewers Choice Awards, Sean Faqua, David Nnaji, Ifeanyi Willaims and Moet Abebe, among others, is the sequel to Heaven’s Gate.
The sitcom which is directed by Abiodun Esho is a departure from the norm. According to Okafor, “while Heaven’s Gate broke a lot of new ground, the new sitcom is a second phase of the sitcom.
We have a lot of soap operas currently on air. But we want to do something conventional. That’s why I introduced a narrator who comes at the beginning of the soap and at the end of it.”
He said, the narrator gives the audience a perfect insight into the conflict that they will expect and at the same time, creates a suspense because he does not reveal the nature of the conflict to the audience.
With his presence, he amplifies the tenth moments in the script. Speaking further, Okafor said, he wants the audience to differentiate his new soap opera from other soaps that are currently running on air.
“The screen will be screened precisely in October, and it will run for 39 weeks. After which the second phase will follow, a new story which will be different from the former.
On Heaven’s Gate, the incumbent president of Association of Movie Producers, said the first of the TV series has been completed, after it ran for 10 years on air. He said, Oasis centres on campus. It’s about young people with some adults.”
Being a family-oriented sitcom tend to promote the values of the Ni gerian society.” We want to uphold the values of the Nigerian society. Some of these values have been eroded, we are bringing them back with this sitcom,” Okafor said.
“We tried to bring some semblance of reality, you know, to be true to life.”
He also said that “casting took quite some time because we are very meticulous about it.”