Charles Okpaleke and Ramsey Nouah say they have acquired the rights to produce a movie on King Jaja of Opobo.

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The Nigerian movie producers broke the news on Friday in a post on their individual Instagram pages.

King Jaja was a merchant prince and the founder of Opobo city-state, an area in Rivers. He was said to have been sold into slavery in Bonny at the age of 12

According to Okpaleke, the decision to secure intellectual property rights to produce the feature film followed meeting with Dandeson Douglas, the present ruler of Opobo.

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He added that the movie is part of efforts to further tell African stories from a unique angle.

“I just want to tell our African stories man… There’s a lot about our history needed to be showcased. Myself and @ramseynouah are proud to announce that we have acquired the rights to tell the famed story of King Jaja from an authentic perspective, having the privilege of sitting with King Dandeson Douglas, Jeki V (5th on the throne) during the sesquicentennial celebration of Opobo Kingdom,” he wrote.

“We can say we have the authentic account of the eventful life of King Jaja and we are set to tell it in a gripping way as you all have come to expect from us.”

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On his part, Nouah said the initiative would enable them tell the famed story of the late king from an “authentic perspective.”

“In keeping with our commitment to tell African stories, myself and @charlesofplay are proud to announce that we have acquired the rights to tell the famed story of king jaja from an authentic perspective,” he wrote.

“After having the privilege of sitting with king Dandeson Douglas Jaja the present ruler of Opobo and the 5th on the throne, we can say we have the authentic account of the eventful life of king jaja and we are set to tell it in a gripping way as you all have come to expect from us.”

 

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