'76 (film)

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A still from a scene in the film
Directed by Izu Ojukwu
Produced by Adonaija Owiriwa
Izu Ojukwu
Cinematography Yinka Edward
Adonis Productions
Country Nigeria
Language English
Budget ₦80 million (estimated)[citation needed]

'76, formerly titled Lions of '76, is an upcoming Nigerian epic drama film produced by Adonaija Owiriwa and Izu Ojukwu and directed by Izu Ojukwu. It stars Ramsey Nouah, Chidi Mokeme, Rita Dominic and Ibinabo Fiberesima.

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.[1]

The historical account in '76 went through a seven month approval period at the Nigerian Military before filming started. The film which is set in the '70s was shot in Ibadan, Oyo State.[2][3]



The historical account of '76 has the support of the Nigerian Military as the script went through a seven month investigation and approval period before filming started. The Military also assigned instructors to guide the Military aspect of the film.[4][5] Izu Ojukwu stated that “it’s a story told from a dual point of view – from the soldier’s patriotic perspective and from that of the officer’s wives.” Ojukwu also makes it clear that the film pays homage to the strength of Soldiers' wives, “As far as I’m concerned, the wives are the real soldiers,…they are the ones who suffer from whatever decisions their husbands make — whether on the battlefield or within their office complexes.” The film was shot in Ibadan, Oyo State.[2]


A teaser trailer was released to the public on 20 November 2012[6][7] The release was initially slated for 4 October 2013, but has been pushed back indefinitely due to delayed post production.[8]


  1. ^ "An Epic Tale of Soldiers & the Officers’ Wives! Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic, Ibinabo Fiberisima, Chidi Mokeme star in Izu Ojukwu’s New Movie, ’76". Bella Naija. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Lions of ’76 – New Nollywood Movie By Izu Ojukwu". Retrospective. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Tunde (12 July 2012). "Izu Ojukwu’s Lion of 76, An Arduous journey to Celluloid". Live Ofofo. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Tunde (12 July 2012). "Izu Ojukwu’s Lion of 76, An Arduous journey to Celluloid". Live Ofofo. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "COMING SOON: ’76". Nollywood Reinvented. Nollywood Reinvented. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "76 Teaser trailer". YouTube. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Bada, Gbenga. "Izu Ojukwu releases ‘Lions of 76’ trailer". Movie Moments. Movie Moments. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "76". Afrinolly. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 

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