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David Oyelowo Set To Produce “Biafra” Series With BBC

A limited series about Biafra is being developed by actor David Oyelowo for the BBC in collaboration with British TV Fremantle and Richard Johns’ Argo Films.

The Biafra tale alternates between the present day and the Biafra War of 1967–1970, taking place in both Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

According to Deadline, the series combines a character-driven personal narrative with central themes of family, identity, and belonging as seen through the perspective of a young black British lady.

Oyelowo described the story as a treasure to him and one he has been waiting to see come to life at a high standard of production.

He said: “My Nigerian heritage and desire to see African stories told at the highest level has led to Biafra being one of my most treasured projects. My parents married across the tabooed tribal lines of the Biafran conflict, and it shaped my life, much as it has done to millions of Nigerians. To be able to bring the amazing talents of director Ngozi Onwurah, who I first worked with on Shoot the Messenger, and writer, Bola Agbaje, who I’ve been seeking to work with for quite some time, makes this the definition of a passion project for me.”

Chipping in, Johns, whose Argo Films very recently got off the ground, said that the series is an opportunity to convey a compelling story about finding and reclaiming a lost identity and a forgotten history.

He said: “Britain and Nigeria have a hugely important, multi-layered, and historic relationship, one that is very much alive today. With this series, we are setting ourselves the mission of telling an incredibly powerful story about discovering and reclaiming a lost identity and a forgotten history.”

Ngozi Onwurah is reportedly co-developing the narrative and will reportedly direct the series, with Bola Agbaje serving as the writer, however, this has not yet been confirmed.

In addition to Johns and Oyelowo, Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo of Turnover Films and Christian Vesper of Fremantle are executive producers.

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