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Weeks after announcing plans to bring back the iconic TV drama series, The Village Headmaster, following a memorandum of understanding between Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), and Wale Adenuga Productions (WAP), cast and crew are now on set recording the first season of the epic programme.

The recording, which commenced on Monday, November 9, is currently taking place at several locations across Lagos, and it is scheduled to end before the yuletide holidays to enable post-production commence.

Directed by the multiple-award-winning Patience Oghre Imobhio, the programme stars some of the original cast, including Dejumo Lewis (Kabiyesi), Ibidun Allison (Amebo), Dan Imoudu (Chief Dagbolu), Dele Osawe (Teacher Fadele), Melvin Obriago (Teacher Oghene), Kate Adepegba (Folake), and Lara Akinsola (Doyin).

Others on the cast list include: Chris Iheuwa, Mr Latin, Rachael Oniga, Funky Mallam, Jide Kosoko, Omo Ibadan, Okele, Fathia Balogun, Rycardo Agbor, Yemi Shodimu, Binta Ayo Mogaji, Jide Alabi, Christy Imanlehin, Yemi Remi, Monica Friday, Deborah Anugwa, Ajobiewe Jr., Jumoke Olabisi, Ronke Oshodi Oke, and Eric Obinna among others.

Created by the culture icon, Chief Olusegun Olusola and directed by Dejumo Lewis, the TV drama series ran on NTA between 1968 and 1988 before it was rested. The new season would begin airing on TV screens across Nigeria, and several parts of Africa from April 2021.

A source of pride and unity to Nigerians, the TV programme started originally as a radio programme in Ibadan in 1958. It became Nigeria’s longest-running television soap opera shown on the NTA, and later one of Africa’s first television programmes that delved into inter-ethnic harmony, problem-solving and intervention in public affairs, health, education and family enjoyment.

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