9 September 2002

Nigeria: Super Story Goes On Home Video

Lagos — Plans have been concluded toward recording the highly - rated television serial, Super Story, on home video with effect from Sunday, September 15.

This information was made available to THISDAY last week by Wale Adenuga, executive director, Wale Adenuga Productions at his Oshodi office Lagos. According to Adenuga, his outfit will commence with the recording of the first story in the series titled: Oh Father Oh Daughter after which the other two will follow.

And for the viewers who have forgotten the captivating story ofn Oh Father Oh Daughter, here is a reminder: "So you are Suara, the husband of Abike you are a lucky man and your wife is a very good woman... Since my encounter with her my life has changed. I now fear God and treat men with love and respect..."

Oh Father Oh Daughter is the story of Suara, played by Yemi Adeyemi, a very poor man whose wife is ever ready to sacrifice anything for the happiness of her family. One of these sacrifices brings her husband a job that lifts him far above the level imagined by any one around him. With this new found wealth, the standard of living for the entire household appreciates tremendously.

But soon, the popular saying, money is the root of all evil caught up with Suara. His successes soon get into his head such that he not only forgets his family but begins to live the life of a prodigal. Suara begins to keep bad company and stays late nights to the detriment of his family. The climax of all these is his eventual highjack by a 'Jezebel'that has been lurking in the wings.

For days on end, Suara would abandon his family to savour the attention of his newly found love, Toyin, (Shola Sobowale). But nothing lasts for ever, they say, except the glory of God. Time sets in, changes take over and life never remains the same again. Acting out the script of 'Jezebel' (Toyin) and with the assistance of his extended family, Suara sends his rightful wife out of their matrimonial home and brings in the gold-digging Toyin. This marks the beginning of his eventual end.

This grippling drama offers Nigerians knowledge about true love and its betreyal, the reward of fear and fear of God, the pains of betrayal, the result of planlessness and so many tendencies of day to day life. In plain but simple language, the story mirrors and catalogues the various moral ills ravaging the society and proffering solutions to them.

And this has been eminently amplified by the quality of acts in the story. Directed by Antar Laniyan, the prodction boasts of a coalition of tested Nigerian artistes like Larry Koldsweat, Bukky Wright, award winning Jide Kosoko and Ayo Binta Mogaji. Others include: Danjuma Mohammed, Dejumo Lewis and celebrated movie star, Ngozi Nwosu. On why he decides to put Oh Father Oh Daughter on home video, Adenuga simply said: " It was as a result of popular demand from viewers". THISDAY also learnt from the Oshodi office of Wale Adenuga Productions that owing to the popularity enjoyed by the drama which is aired during prime time on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), every Thursday, Wale Adenuga Productions was inundated with calls for the story to be recorded on the tape for the public.

The producer also hinted that all other stories in the Super Story series would eventually be put on home video. They are No Pain No Gain and An Eye for An Eye. Adenuga informed that the script written by Lucille Ayorinde will be marketed by Corporate Pictures while Bonag Video Centre and Ossy Affason would be distributors.

Super Story which runs on NTA network between 8p.m and 9p.m every Thursday is a television drama sponsored by Unilever Plc. It won an excellence award from International Foundation for Excellence last year. With many titles to his credit, the producer, Wale Adenuga, is unarguably one of the best and busiest hands in the industry today. Popular among his works is the famous Papa Ajasco and Company series which runs every Sunday on African Independent Televition (AIT). The drama enjoys a lot of viewership from the public. Adenuga said by taking this step, his outfit is re-assuring the public of a quality production when the tapes are launched next week.

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