Prince Aboki’s Mai Martaba set for cinema release
Mai Martaba, the epic movie by multi-award-winning Broadcaster and Filmmaker, Prince Daniel (ABOKI), is ready to hit the cinema. Shot on location in Daura, Kastina State, with cast strength of over 300 actors, Mai Martaba (His Highness) is scheduled to open in cinemas nationwide in June and would subsequently be released on Netflix.
Speaking from his base in Kano, Prince Aboki who is the Group Programme Director of Cool FM/Wazobia FM/Nigeria Info/Arewa Radio and whose short film Hiding Place won the best short film award at Toronto International Film Festival, Canada and at the Kaduna International Film Festival, disclosed that 99.9 per cent of the actors are new entrants into the industry, a gesture he believes would broaden the creative sector’s value chain especially in northern Nigeria.
“We filmed in Daura and used over 100 horses and camels. We made this film in line with our vision to broaden the northern film industry; to create jobs, tell our stories and to show that there are other stories from the north other than that of insurgency, banditry and kidnapping,” he said.
A tale of power, love, greed and betrayal, Mai Martaba is a spin-off of Kasar Jallaba, an ongoing radio drama series on 95.1 Arewa Radio Kano, which tells the story of an ancient kingdom that once experienced a trade boom through Trans-Sahara trade exchange, but was short-lived due to stiff internal power tussle amongst the powerful Agadashawa ruling clan, leading to the collapse of the Agadashawa dynasty.
The collapse paved way for the enthronement of King Jallaba of the Jallabawa clan at a time uranium was discovered on Jallaba land named after the king. To ensure the Agadashawas never returned to power, King Jallaba the 1st, made a decree, which became a tradition that all successive Emirs would voluntarily step down from the throne and name a successor from within the Jallaba clan to take over before old age.
On his deathbed, Sanaya the son of late King Jallaba appointed his daughter, Princess Sangaya, to succeed him. This decision degenerated into a fresh crisis.
“We are at the final stage of editing and should be ready to hit the screens in June as scheduled,” Aboki assured.