Village Director Returns 33 Years After NTA Release Trailer (Video)
Thirty-three years after he rested, the longest-running drama ever televised on Nigerian television, The Village Director, is expected to return in April.
The reincarnated series featuring old and new faces will air on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) network in partnership with Wale Adenuga Productions.
The trailer uploaded to YouTube shows Dejumo Lewis returning as Oloha (King) Oji.
Ibidun Ellison as Amebo, Dan Imudu as Dagbolu, Dele Osawa as Teacher Fadele, Keith Adepegba (Folake), Lara Akinsola (Doyin) and Melville Aubriango (Teacher Oghene) are also returning.
Igbere TV reports that Yemi Shodimu, who played the cameo role of a child actor in the old series, is taking on a new and bigger role for Dr. Lekan.
The cast joins Jida Kosoko in the role of Chief Eleinmi, a role previously played by the late Oba Funso Adeolu.
Other new faces include Rachel Oniga, Tega Abaga, Jide Alaby, Mister Latin, Christie Imanlichen, Ricardo Agbor, Ronke Oshodi-Oke, Mide Martins, Abubakar Garba and Omo Ibadan.
Chris Iheuwa plays the director, played by Femi Robinson, Ted Mukoro and Justus Esiri at various times.
Created by Ambassador Shogun Olusola, The Village Headmaster began as a radio show in 1958.
It ran as a TV series from 1968 until 1988 when it aired on NTA.
A brief revival similar to The New Village Headmaster ended in 1991.
Speaking to the Nigerian Tribune in February 2013, Tunde Oloyede, who produced Episode 364, said: “Before the death of Ambassador (Olusol), we worked on the return of The Village Headmaster in three possible formats. In the movies, on stage and again on television. “
Olusola died in June 2012 and Oloede died in December 2017.