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Political thriller, 4th Republic now in cinemas


Kate Henshaw on set

Movie director, Ishaya Bako’s highly anticipated political thriller, 4th Republic, has hit the Nigerian cinemas. Starring Kate Henshaw as ‘Confluence State’ governorship candidate, Mabel King, the film follows a hotly contested governorship election and one woman’s quest to get back her stolen mandate.

According to Bako, 4th Republic explores the dynamics of politics in Nigeria today. “A multitude of factors are at play in flick, the violence that mars our polls, the new trend of fighting for justice at the tribunals and the roles we as a society assign to women who aspire forpolitical offices.”

After the gruesome murder of her campaign manager, Sikiru, played by Jide Attah, King challenges the victory of the incumbent, Idris Sani (Sani Mu’azu), for her mandate.King is supported by her loyal aide Ike (Eyinna Nwigwe), and Sikiru’s daughter, Bukky (Linda Ejiofor).

While Governor Sani’s associate, St. James (Bimbo Manuel) and Ike’s Law School rival, Danladi (Yakubu Mohammed) attempt to subvert the course of justice by eliminating witnesses.

4th Republic is written by Emil B. Garuba and Zainab Omaki. The film is co-produced by Griot Studios Ltd. and Amateur Heads Productions with Bem Pever, Ishaya Bako, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju and Ummi A. Yakubu serving as producers. Funded by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), it is distributed by FilmOne.

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