‘Village Headmaster’ back on screen after 34 years

After a 34-year hiatus, the popular Nigerian TV show “Village Headmaster” has now been repackaged and will be shown on three local television stations.

The director-general of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Mallam Yakubu Ibn Mohammed, made the announcement on Friday during the relaunch and private screening of the repackaged drama series in Abuja.

He said the drama series would be shown on NTA every Sunday from 8pm to 9pm, on Africa Independent Television (AIT) every Wednesday from 9pm to 10pm and WAP Tv every Friday from 8pm to 9pm.

Ibn Mohammed said the series is set in Oja, a fictional village in Yoruba.

He recalled that before the series went off screen decades ago, it captivated viewers and was addictive for many at the time.

The NTA boss said the series was being brought back to re-enact its characters and bring back the moral values, national unity and cohesion it taught at the time.

He thanked Chief Wale Adenuga for his wealth of experience and resources for the production of the series and Globacom for the sponsorship.

Ibn-Muhammad expressed regret that some of the original cast of the series had passed away and were not available to witness the rebirth of the iconic series.

He said prominent among them was the late Chief Segun Olusola, former Nigeria ambassador to Ethiopia, who created the series as an employee of the then Western Nigeria Television, Ibadan.

The DG said the new cast is packed with the best names in the film industry, including some of the founding members of the series, most notably Dejumo Lewis as Kabiyesi, Alison Ibrahim as Amebo, Dan Imodu as Dagbolu and Dele Osawe as teacher Fadile.

Other prominent cast members included popular musician 9ice, Mr Latin, Funky Mallam, Jide Kosoko, Okele, Omo Ibadan and Fathia Balogun.

Also speaking at the event, Adenuga thanked the NTA boss and family for bringing the series back, noting that the TV house inspired them from script to screen.

Mr. Wale Adedeji, a Globacom representative, said they were happy to sponsor content that celebrates culture, inspires unity and teaches moral values.

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