Ishaya Bako’s highly anticipated political thriller ‘4th Republic’ has been confirmed to hit Nigerian cinemas from April 12, 2019. Starring Kate Henshaw as ‘Confluence state’ governorship candidate ‘Mabel King,’ the film follows a hotly contested gubernatorial election and one woman’s quest to take back the seat she believes she rightfully won against all odds.

“‘4th Republic’ explores the dynamics of politics in Nigeria today,” explained director Ishaya Bako. There are a multitude of factors at play; 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 to powerful positions,”he added.

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

‘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. The film is funded by grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA). 4th Republic is set for release in cinemas across Nigeria from April 12th 2019. It is distributed by FilmOne Distribution. Media partners include WildFlower PR and Company, BellaNaija, Cable Lifestyle, Plus TV, African Movie Channel (AMC), Goldmyne TV, Nigerian Women Diaries, FabMumNG, YNaija. The Film is sponsored by Bima Shelter, Polaris Bank, GSCL and Dunes Continental.

About Ishaya Bako

Ishaya Bako’s 2015 feature film debut ‘Road to Yesterday’ won the Best Film (West Africa) at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA). He also directed ‘The Royal Hibiscus Hotel’ for EbonyLife Films, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017. Bako alongside 4th Republic writer Emil Garuba also co-wrote the Netflix original film, ‘Lionheart’ with C.J. Obasi, Chinny Onwugbenu and Genevieve Nnaji.

About Griot Studios

Griot Studios was founded to create and distribute trans-media and multi-platform content that cuts across narrative fiction, animation and interactive games. Embracing the ever-changing digital and multimedia landscape, and appreciating the power of film, video and interactive content, Griot Studios is committed to creating engaging and entertaining content with a socio-cultural relevance.

About Amateur Heads

Amateur Heads Productions is a film production company dedicated to producing and delivering cutting-edge and socially conscious film and television content that is both evocative and entertaining. Previous films credits include documentaries ‘Fuelling Poverty and Silent Tears’.

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