Three decades after, The Village Headmaster returns to screen
About 34 years after it was suspended, the popular television series, The Village Headmaster, returned to the network service of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), last Sunday.
The Director-General, NTA, Yakubu Mohammed, who announced the official launch of the TV popular soap opera, stated that the television drama would be televised every Sunday between 8:00 and 9:00 pm.
The DG admitted that the programme was, at a time, Nigeria’s longest-running television drama series produced by NTA.
According to him, several efforts were made to revive it in the past. “The one that readily comes to mind was in 2001 when NTA made a concerted effort to reintroduce it. The viewing public was seriously excited.
“That excitement was, however, dashed. Little did we know that those hiccups were the ingredients that would eventually give a lasting hope for the series”, he said.
He regretted that some of the members of the original cast have passed on and could not witness the rebirth of the series.
He noted that to maintain its originality, quality, feel and philosophy, the renewed cast was packed with the choicest names in the industry.
The Village Headmaster, set in a fictitious Oja community, had featured prominently on NTA network programme between 1968 and 1988.
The returned programme, originally a radio drama series created by the late Ambassador Olusegun Olusola and produced by Dejumo Lewis, will also feature on African Independent Television (AIT) and Wale Adenuga Production (WAP TV).
The programme is currently being jointly sponsored by NTA, Wale Adenuga Productions and the telecommunications service provider, Globacom Nigeria Limited.
Some members of the cast in the new programme include Dejumo Lewis (Kabiyesi), Ibidun Allison (Amebo), Dan Imodu (Dagbolu) and Dele Osawe (Teacher Fadile). Also in the cast are Jide Kosoko, Fathia Balogun, Rycardo Agbor, Yemi Shodimu, Binta Ayo Mogaji and Jide Alabi.
The Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe, stated that the return of the TV Show was good for Nigeria, especially now that the country was divided along religious and ethnic lines, and had lost the original value it was known for.
While calling the promoters to focus on quality content, he urged Nigerians to take the opportunity the programme offers to rebuild and reunite the country to its past glory.
For Globacom, the focus is not only the mileage but also the content, which it is believed, integrates Nigerians as a people.
“We as a company are truly Nigerian, our blood is green, anytime we see such a platform, we are very quick to integrate and partner. It is also noteworthy to know that we have taken the time to partner with iconic people such as Ibidun Allison (Amebo), who is also our Brand ambassador.
“The reason we decided to partner The Village Headmaster was that it is something that is core to who we are, it is about certain things that are core about us; that goes back into where we come from, our place of origin, families and orientations, and all of this are quite pivotal,” says Head of Marketing Communication, Globacom, Mr. Wale Adedeji.
Wale Adenuga of WAP was excited to be part of the programme. For him, the script speaks louder.
He commended those who contributed to the return of the programme.