Just as Big Brother Naija Season Five is entering its final days, the organisers of the show, MultiChoice Nigeria, have announced the launch of two local telenovelas, Riona and Enakhe. The double bill drama will premiere on September 28, 2020.
The leading video entertainment provider has been consistent over the years with the production of hit series and shows some of which include, Battleground, Hush, Ajoche, Brethren and Unbroken. Like these other shows, the new telenovelas, Riona and Enakhe will air on Africa Magic.
Riona, tells the story of a wicked king and a village under siege. Rebellion looms as the king, Otokun, does all he can to stop a dark prophecy from being fulfilled. Destiny is against him as Tsema and Aghan, two children born under the dark moon, walk a complicated path on their way to fulfill the prophecy foretold. Riona features Elvina Ibru, Najite Dede, Frank Konwea, Thelma Nwosu and more.
On the other hand, Enakhe set in modern day Benin City, tells the story of a rebellious daughter who after the sudden death of her father is forced by circumstances to grow in every way possible to become the leader of her extended family and the family’s criminal empire while contending with antagonists both physical and otherwise. The series was shot in Edo with a cast and crew made up mostly of indigenes of the state. Enakhe features a stellar cast which includes notable names like Alex Usifo, Ivie Okujaye, Lancelot Oduwa Imaseun and Lota Chukwu among others.
The new telenovelas are a demonstration of MultiChoice Nigeria and AfricaMagic’s commitment to investing in the Nigerian creative industry and local talents while telling stories that will resonate with customers.
Speaking at the recently held MultiChoice Media Showcase, Channel Director, AfricaMagic, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, said “Right on the back of Big Brother Naija, we’re very excited to be introducing Riona and Enakhe, two series we’re very confident our viewers would love, so confident that we are dedicating one whole hour on primetime TV to them. We went hyperlocal with these just like Ajoche and all the other fan favourites from past years. Africa Magic is very committed to telling the African story and we can’t wait to show you what we have been cooking.”
Riona and Enakhe will premiere on AfricaMagic Showcase, DStv channel 151 on Monday, September 28, 2020 from 8:00 PM.