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76 , Izu Ojukwu

76 is an upcoming Nigerian historical fiction drama film directed by award-winning director Izu Ojukwu. The story in the film is told from two points of view: that of a young pregnant woman, and that of her husband, a soldier accused of being involved in the 1976 military coup and assassination of General Murtala Mohammed.

76 Director Izu Ojukwu
“76” Director Izu Ojukwu

“76” is the first all-Nigerian, made in Nigeria movie by Award Winning Director Izu Ojukwu chosen to have its own world premiere at the upcoming 41st Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in the City to City program. The Toronto International Film Festival shines its spotlight on City of Lagos, Nigeria, for the eighth edition of the City to City program.

Inspired by true events, six years after the civil war in Nigeria, a heavily pregnant woman’s life crumbles when the news of her husband’s involvement in a botched military coup attempt hits the headlines. “76” celebrates the quality of the true African woman by exploring the usually invisible pain of a soldier’s wife; it highlights the enduring Nigerian cultural values of courage, resilience, patience, loyalty, faith and family.

According to the filmmakers, “76” received an endorsement by the Nigerian Head of State who succeeded the assassinated Murtala Muhammed at the time, His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo, who later went on to become a two term President making him both a military and civilian leader of the largest black nation in the world. He described “76” as “the best view of one of the worst times in our Nations history. A must watch and an insight that was long overdue. Watching the attention to detail and hearing my own voice in February 1976, brought out both sweet and sour memories as Murtala Muhammed was not only my boss, he was my friend.” Set during the era of military assassinations and political unrest in Nigeria, “76” also had the full approval and endorsement of the Nigerian Army and the Murtala Muhammed family, and was shot inside the confines of a military base, a first in Nigeria’s cinematic history. It comes 40 years after the actual events, and follows four years of work by the multi award winning Director Izu Ojukwu and the production teams of Adonis Production and Princewill’s Trust.

“76” Stars Award Winning Actors Rita Dominic, Ramsey Nouah, Daniel K Daniel, Actor & Reality-Show host Chidi Mokeme, Actor & President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria Ibinabo Fiberesinma as well as other Rising Stars.

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