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Chris Obi-Rapu returns to Nollywood

By BENJAMIN NJOKU

Remember Chris Obi-Rapu? He was one of the founding figures of Nollywood who directed that pioneering movie, Living in Bondage, produced by Kenneth Nnebue and Okechukwu Ogunjiofor.

Obi-Rapu disappeared into thin air immediately after the production of that chart-buster movie in 1992. But today, he has reappeared to continue doing what he knows how to do best.

He was one of the guests at Calabar last month for this year’s Africa International Film Festival(AFRIFF). Looking agile and ageless,Obi-Rapu who is fondly called Skupo said he’s back to continue from where he stopped. Before travelling to the United States in 1995, Obi-Rapu directed other classics such as Circle of Doom, Evil Passion, and Taboo. Currently, he shuttles between the United States and Nigeria.

“I have been in the United States since 1995. I used to work in NTA before I travelled out of the country in search of knowledge and also to see the outside world. America is the home television and movies. So, I went there to see the world. At the moment, I am trying to catch up with the industry again. As the father of Nollywood, I’m back,” he said, in chat with HVP in Calabar. The former staff of the NTA says, he’s planning to be on location soon to shoot his ‘comeback movie’, which he intends to direct with his daughter, Nkem.


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