So many things make Nigerians proud – our history, culture, languages, customs, and a strong belief that we are the giant of Africa. If you check countries across the earth, you’ll find Nigerians making great strides and positively impacting society. Still, no matter how much ‘japa culture‘ grows, you’ll find that Nigerians never forget who they are or their roots.
Yet, the languages and traditions are losing their popularity and value. People are becoming increasingly okay with forgetting their local languages and traditions. The film and music industry need to continue creating content in our local languages to protect the sanctity of our identities. Africa Magic – Africa’s most loved storyteller – has made significant contribution to the drive to safeguard our culture and it entails for future generations with its new slate of indigenous originals. So, if you love your indigenous roots, you should be watching these shows:
1. Apo (Bag): What do you do if you walk into your compound one day and find a bag filled with money, a gun and some charms? That’s what happens in ‘Apo’ where six poor tenants living in a ‘face-me-I-face-you’ dwelling find a bag filled with money, charms and a gun in their compound. They see the money as a chance to escape the myriad of their current financial realities and will go to any length to ‘secure the bag’. Unbeknownst to them, a ghost is haunting the money and will punish whoever finally gets it. The show airs every Monday and Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on Africa Magic Yoruba (DStv ch. 157 and GOtv ch. 2). Enjoy repeat broadcasts every Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
2. Kariya (Sanctuary): Kariya follows renowned Islamic relationship counsellors Tariq and Hadiza Al-Hassan, who are themselves on the brink of divorce after Tariq’s infidelity threatens to become a public scandal. Zara, Tariq’s mistress, is pregnant and determined to expose him unless he marries her or pays her N50 million. Amidst the turmoil, they face a home invasion by armed bandits on the run from the police. As tension mounts and they unveil new secrets, theirs and the fate of their abductors intertwine, testing loyalties and pushing the boundaries of trust. The show airs Fridays to Sundays at 8 p.m. on Africa Magic Hausa (DStv ch. 156 and GOtv ch.
3. Iwe (Anger): The Igbo-language show goes back to pre-colonial times and focuses on two kingdoms, once brothers ages ago but now separated by decades of resentment, jealousy and greed. However, their unity amidst the divide for their natural resources lay in a brave young prince. A deep desire to prove himself fuels the prince and propels him to take bold steps to save his kingdom from its oppressor. Those steps will also unwittingly reconnect him with his real family. Iwe airs weekdays on Africa Magic Igbo (DStv ch. 159 and GOtv ch. 4) at 7 p.m.