South Africa based online movie streaming platform Showmax is ready to showcase its first Nigerian original series titled” Diiche”. The series will premiere on September 29, 2022.
The media screening of the series was held on Tuesday in Lagos. Some of Nigeria’s entertainment and creative industry’s biggest names were in attendance at the event, including several actors and some of the evicted housemates of the ongoing television reality show, Big Brother Naija, season 7.
Diiche, a psychological thriller, promotes the use of indigenous language and pays allusion to the ancient African culture of divinity.
The title of the Nigerian original series, Diiche was coined from the word “Odiiche”. The word means “Different” in the Igbo language.
An A-list actress, Uzoamaka Onuoha, played the role of Diiche.
The main character, Diiche, becomes a prime suspect in a high-profile murder investigation after the death of her fiance, Nnamdi.
However, there is more to the investiation than what meets the eye and a backstory of almost 30 years, known only to Diiche’s mother, reveals the struggle between good and evil.
Dr Busola Tejumola, Executive Head of Content and West Africa Channels, MultiChoice, acknowledged the cast and crew of Diiche, saying the journey of producing the series was fascinating.
She assured the prospective viewers that the series would be a different experience, “In the series, you will laugh, cry, be upset, surprised and shocked.
She added, “The series will premiere on showmax on September 29. We want you all to subscribe on showmax and watch.”
The Executive Director of the series, James Omokwe, said that he had worked with various directors – Tolu Ajayi, Fiyin Gambo and Ifeoma Chukwuogo for his first Nigerian Original series. He stated that the decision to have multiple directors cutting across different ethnic groups was deliberate.
He said this was to create a situation in which different creatives with different imaginations and ideas can succeed in relaying a complicated story.
The lead actor, Onuoha, said, “I enjoyed a lot of help from the crew and cast of Diiche. They were always there.”
“Working with James, the executive director of the series, was like working with a partner and not a boss. When he is losing his mind, he would still be himself, and everyone looked up to him. It was epic,” she said.
Actress Gloria Anozie-Young, who played the role of Nnamdi’s mother, said this was the first time she would feature in a production where she was required to speak the Igbo language.
She added that she found it intriguing and exciting.
The series’s cast also had a vibrant mix of emerging and established Nollywood artists, including Daniel K Daniel, Efa Iwara, Frank Konwea, Uzoamaka Aniunoh, Kalu Ikeagwu, and Chinyere Wilfred.