Chichi Nworah, the producer of the critically acclaimed movie series, ‘Shanty Town’, is back with another captivating drama that explores the life of a street hustler in Lagos.
Titled ‘Slum King’, the Africa Magic original is set to premiere on Africa Magic Showcase soon.
Speaking on what inspired the new series, Nworah said, “For every film I make, I want my name to be synonymous with quality and innovation. I want to create stories that are relevant, engaging, and entertaining for African audiences and beyond.
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“My passion for telling stories that reflect the diversity and richness of African cultures and experiences can be felt in this new project. My aim is to pull Nollywood out of the usual drama-telling format to a new vista of Hollywood-styled dramatic actions, without sacrificing reality. Nollywood fans have long yearned for this shift, and I am ready to offer them that.”
With a former Big Brother Naija contestant, Tobi Bakre, as the lead actor, the series follows the journey of Edafe ‘Maje Esu’ Umukoro’s gruelling life. Sad events force ambition on the undaunted Edafe, causing him to have a distaste for his lowly status and develop an appetite for power, leading him to join a drug cartel and embrace a life filled with drugs, blood and gore.
Other actors in the movie series are Bob-Manuel Udokwu, Teniola Aladese, Olarotimi Fakunle, Sonia Irabor, Bolaji Ogunmola, Idia Aisen, Elvina Ibru, Philip Asaya, Greg Ojefua, Charles Inojie, Brutus Richard, Jidekene Achufusi, Taye Aimoro, Toyin Alausa, and Hermes Iyele.
Speaking on why she settled for Bakre to play the lead role, Nworah said, “Tobi is a natural and talented actor, who can deliver captivating and memorable performances. He can convey emotions and feelings with his facial expressions and body language. That’s why he was a perfect match for this role.”