Africa Magic, the Multichoice-owned TV channel, has unveiled ‘Lahira,’ a drama series chronicling the Nigerian military’s fight against insurgency in the north-east.
‘Lahira’, which is produced by Justice Atigogo and directed by Peter Fada, will debut on African Magic in April.
The drama series, which tells the story of a courageous young girl, focuses on the challenges bedeviling the people in the northern part of Nigeria including terrorism and insurgency.
The drama aims to showcase the resilience and determination of the people who fight to protect communities against terrorist attacks.
The event organised to promote the military-inspired drama series was held at The Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi on Thursday.
Busola Tejumola, executive head of content MultiChoice Nigeria, described the storyline as an “unspoken series of occurrences that no one shines any light on.”
Tejumola also acknowledged the support of the Nigerian military during the making of the drama series.
“This story is very dear to our heart because it speaks to a part of the country and an unspoken series of occurrences that no one shines any light on,” she said.
“We hear about the insurgency in the news, but we don’t feel the experiences of those there. I’d like to say thank you to the Nigerian military. We made this happen with their support, and we wouldn’t have been able to pull it off authentically without them.”
Representing the chief of defense, O. Adegbe, the brigadier general, commended Africa Magic for recognizing the role of the military in fighting against terrorism and keeping citizens safe.
“In those days, you don’t mention what happened in the trenches, but it’s a new military. We are fighting a war where you cannot call the opposition an enemy – we call them adversaries, bandits and terrorists,” he said.
“I’m so highly pleased to watch the show being scripted and screened. As I’m standing right here, I remember the faces of soldiers who died between 1997 to 1999, and that’s what we signed up to do.
“We sacrifice our lives to keep the citizens safe. So, thank you to Africa Magic and the production crew for telling these stories and bringing them to life through Lahira.”
The first season of the drama series consists of twenty-six episodes.
It will air every Tuesday at 9 pm on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv ch.151).
The event had notable guests like Zeb Ejiro, Norbert Young, Gloria Anozie-Young, Bovi, Yemi Cregx, Sandra Essiene, Bade Smart, and Sunday Afolabi in attendance.
See photos from the event below:
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