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Nigeria To Get Our Version Of Cinderella, Robin Hood, Others On TV

Posted: Jul 4, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Stories by Hazeez Balogun Lagos

The biggest selling movies and Tv dramas, are usually those of traditional stories and folklores like that of Cinderella, Robin Hood, Romeo and Juliet, and Bible stories like The Prodigal Son, David and Goliath, Samson and Delilah, and many more. Nigerians have seen many versions of these stories in movies and on television, but we are yet to see these stories played out by our own actors. This is what Ebony Life say they are embarking on.



EbonyLife TV is currently in development of the production of a number of well-loved epic and legendary titles to include Cinderella, Robin Hood, Romeo and Juliet and Little Red Riding Hood. Modern day biblical stories are not left out in the plan as The Prodigal Son, David and Goliath, The Good Samaritan, Samson and Delilah, among others, are set to get the modern African treatment. Auditions for some of these will begin in July, while production is to commence later this year.

Speaking on the development, Mo Abudu, Executive Chairman and CEO of EbonyLife TV says, “It’s a space we have occupied and wish to own. The world loves drama and can’t resist the iconic ones. At EbonyLife TV, we are determined to continue to offer the world the best of drama, made in Nigeria, made in Africa, for a global audience. The best ideas are the simple ones, so our plan is to take those stories and those characters that people are familiar with … those that have a legacy, give their stories an unusual but compelling twist; situate them in our modern African context; let them walk where we walk; let them live where we live; face the temptations and peculiar challenges that we face; fight the battles we fight and celebrate their triumphs the way we do. That’s what this is all about.”