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One of the programmes that kept television viewers glued to the visual box was ‘The Village Headmaster’ drama series. Along the line, the show stopped.
The good news is that the show is about to continue as Nigerian TV series created by Olusegun Olusola, return, and to be aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) network on April 4 (8:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Sundays) in collaboration with Wale Adenuga Productions.
Originally a radio drama series in 1958, the TV version was Nigeria’s longest-running soap opera that aired on NTA from 1968 until it was rested in 1988.
Produced in 1964 and set in the fictitious Yoruba village of Oja, the series dealt with social problems and the effect of government policies in Oja. It was the first major TV drama with an ensemble cast from different ethnic groups.
In the series, the Nigerian Pidgin was mixed with standard English as the Oja residents’ language of choice, with most scenes occurring in the Oloja of Oja’s palace, the headmaster’s school, and Amebo’s palm wine shack.
It starred Ted Mukoro as headmaster 1, Femi Robinson as headmaster 2, Justus Esiri as headmaster 3, Dejumo Lewis as Oloja, Clara Olushola as headmaster’s wife, Albert Egbe as Lawyer, and Ibidun Allison as Amebo (gossip).
Others were Jab Adu as Bassey Okon (supplies store owner), Funso Adeolu as senior chief, Joe Layode as Teacher Garuba, Charles Awurum, Albert Kosemasi as Gorimapa among other peripheral characters that also featured.
Some new faces that have, however, emerged in the rerun are Jide Kosoko, Mide Matins, Rykardo Agbor, and 9ice.