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Nollywood, Kannywood tango in EbonyLife’s theatrical excellence

By  PRISCA SAM DURU-FILM

TIMES are changing in the world of entertainment and so is Nigeria’s movie industry. Since EbonyLife TV came on board with top notch blockbuster movies, the changes have become even more captivating and impactful.

Always daring where others fret to thread, EbonyLife TV’s new political and cultural series, Sons Of The Caliphate, premiered last week, at Imax FilmHouse cinema, Lekki Lagos, with the mission  to banish the stereotypes about Northern Nigeria like never before.

Created, written and produced by Dimbo and Karachi Atiya, and screen played by Sifa Asani Gowon,  ‘Sons of the Caliphate’, a 13-part drama series which  strum a unique thematic message, invites viewers into the rich, cultural and flamboyant aristocratic lifestyle of Northern Nigeria.

Starring some of the biggest A-listers in both Nollywood and Kannywood such as Patrick Doyle, Mofe Duncan, Sani Muazu, Rahama Sadau, Paul Sambo, Yakubu Mohammed, Yvonne Hays etc, the  high profile movie showcases a part of the North which has remained in the dark for ages. Who would have believed the Northerners enjoy the lifestyle portrayed by Kowa Caliphate. And like never before, the drama brings out the best of Kannywood.

Sons Of The Caliphate, a fantastic, intriguing production narrates in very spellbinding manner, events that make the Northern Caliphate State of Kowa tick.

Elections in the state are fast approaching and as the tussle for the governorship seat goes into full gear, Alhaji Umar Loko(Patrick Doyle), former military Head of State and present political force in Kowa state, presented as a deadly politician and godfather in the region, busies himself with every known political schemings while grooming his own, Dikko to take over.

As three rich, passionate and ambitious friends Kalifah, Nuhu, Dikko get caught in the dirty web of politics, the darkness of addiction and the obligations of family loyalty, Abuja-based stunning beauty, Binta Kutigi (Rahama Sadau), who runs an events management company called Binta’s Bespoke Events, joins the men to navigate the treacherous waters of corruption, assassinations, betrayals and love. Binta appears to be at the center of the entire drama. She however, finds herself in the middle of a love triangle with Nuhu and Dikko, and manages to befriend Naziha and Lottie in the process. Her cool, calm, friendly exterior serves well to conceal her flaw as a shrew.

• A scene from one of the episodes of  Sons Of the Caliphate
• A scene from one of the episodes of Sons Of the Caliphate

Speaking shortly before the premiere, the CEO of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu, said “It is very important for us as Nigerians to share as many stories from as many parts of Nigeria as possible. A lot of hard work has gone into this particular project. We took on this gigantic task and we are so proud of the work we have done. We hope that you love the series. It is important that we tell our African story by ourselves.

This is a material that must travel across the globe.”

The Producer of the series Dimbo who was visibly excited with what Ebonylife TV did with the series said, “We knew that if we are going to tell a contemporary northern story, it had to be on a platform that celebrates the rich culture of Africa. And the northern part of Nigeria has a rich heritage and culture. A lot of people have this mindset about Northern Nigeria. There is the stereotype that the Northern Nigerian is all about chaos and fighting but really, there is so much beauty over there. We set out to do it and we did it right,” he said.

In order to ensure that the production would not in anyway, step on northern belief, Dimbo explained that the services of a religious and cultural consultant were employed noting that he decided to tell a northern story from a different perspective which is outside the stereotypes of war and terrorism.

TIMES are changing in     the world of entertainment and so is Nigeria’s movie industry. Since EbonyLife TV came on board with top notch blockbuster movies, the changes have become even more captivating and impactful.

Always daring where others fret to thread, EbonyLife TV’s new political and cultural series, Sons Of The Caliphate, premiered last week, at Imax FilmHouse cinema, Lekki Lagos, with the mission  to banish the stereotypes about Northern Nigeria like never before.

Created, written and produced by Dimbo and Karachi Atiya, and screen played by Sifa Asani Gowon,  ‘Sons of the Caliphate’, a 13-part drama series which  strum a unique thematic message, invites viewers into the rich, cultural and flamboyant aristocratic lifestyle of Northern Nigeria.

Starring some of the biggest A-listers in both Nollywood and Kannywood such as Patrick Doyle, Mofe Duncan, Sani Muazu, Rahama Sadau, Paul Sambo, Yakubu Mohammed, Yvonne Hays etc, the  high profile movie showcases a part of the North which has remained in the dark for ages. Who would have believed the Northerners enjoy the lifestyle portrayed by Kowa Caliphate. And like never before, the drama brings out the best of Kannywood.

Sons Of The Caliphate, a fantastic, intriguing production narrates in very spellbinding manner, events that make the Northern Caliphate State of Kowa tick.

Elections in the state are fast approaching and as the tussle for the governorship seat goes into full gear, Alhaji Umar Loko(Patrick Doyle), former military Head of State and present political force in Kowa state, presented as a deadly politician and godfather in the region, busies himself with every known political schemings while grooming his own, Dikko to take over.

As three rich, passionate and ambitious friends Kalifah, Nuhu, Dikko get caught in the dirty web of politics, the darkness of addiction and the obligations of family loyalty, Abuja-based stunning beauty, Binta Kutigi (Rahama Sadau), who runs an events management company called Binta’s Bespoke Events, joins the men to navigate the treacherous waters of corruption, assassinations, betrayals and love. Binta appears to be at the center of the entire drama. She however, finds herself in the middle of a love triangle with Nuhu and Dikko, and manages to befriend Naziha and Lottie in the process. Her cool, calm, friendly exterior serves well to conceal her flaw as a shrew.

Speaking shortly before the premiere, the CEO of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu, said “It is very important for us as Nigerians to share as many stories from as many parts of Nigeria as possible. A lot of hard work has gone into this particular project. We took on this gigantic task and we are so proud of the work we have done. We hope that you love the series. It is important that we tell our African story by ourselves.

This is a material that must travel across the globe.”

The Producer of the series Dimbo who was visibly excited with what Ebonylife TV did with the series said, “We knew that if we are going to tell a contemporary northern story, it had to be on a platform that celebrates the rich culture of Africa. And the northern part of Nigeria has a rich heritage and culture. A lot of people have this mindset about Northern Nigeria. There is the stereotype that the Northern Nigerian is all about chaos and fighting but really, there is so much beauty over there. We set out to do it and we did it right,” he said.

In order to ensure that the production would not in anyway, step on northern belief, Dimbo explained that the services of a religious and cultural consultant were employed noting that he decided to tell a northern story from a different perspective which is outside the stereotypes of war and terrorism.

 


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