Living in Bondage

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Living in Bondage
Directed by Chris Obi Rapu
Produced by Okechukwu Ogunjiofor
Written by Kenneth Nnebue
Okechukwu Ogunjiofor
Starring Kanayo O. Kanayo
Francis Agu
Okechukwu Ogunjiofor,Kenneth Okonkwo
Release dates
  • 1992 (1992) (Nigeria)
Running time
163 min
Country Nigeria
Language Igbo

Living in bondage is a 1992 Nigerian drama thriller film directed by Chris Obi Rapu, written by Kenneth Nnebue & Okechukwu Ogunjiofor[1] and produced by Okechukwu Ogunjiofor. The film was shot straight-to-video[2] and stars African Movie Academy Award winner Kanayo O. Kanayo, Nollywood actors Francis Agu, Okechukwu Ogunjiofor and a host of others.


Andy Okeke is an educated upstart in Lagos trying to work his way up to wealth. He is married to a beautiful, virtuous and honest woman by the name of Merrit. At the beginning of the film, Andy laments his lack of fortune compared to his peers, but Merrit reminds him that he still has his integrity (as he, for example, would never stoop as low as to sell drugs to earn money), and most importantly, he still has her: the perfect wife, with whom he is happy. Merrit has a paying office job, but is forced to quit after her boss sexually assaults her. In an unfortunate turn of events, Andy simultaneously wastes his and Merrit’s savings on an investment deal offered by a shady friend, and is subsequently left broke. Driven to near-desperation, Andy is finally seduced by his slick-talking, rich friend Paul, who offers to let Andy in on the secret to Paul’s success. The “secret” turns out to be a satanic cult, wherein members swear their loyalty to Lucifer and kill their loved ones in ritualized sacrifices in order to gain the wealth they had always dreamed of. After much hesitation, Andy eventually agrees to sacrifice the one he loves the most - his wife, Merrit - and reluctantly brings her to the cult. Following her death, he indeed earns the riches he wanted so badly - but his family mistrusts him and accuses him of murdering Merrit, his health becomes shaky, his second wife Ego runs off after he faints at their wedding, and most vitally: the ghost of Merrit starts haunting and terrorizing him, which leads to embarrassing situations that disgrace Andy. Exhausted, he asks the satanic cult for help - but when they insist Andy can only truly give Merrit’s spirit rest by blinding and castrating himself, he runs again and starts to live as a bum under a bridge. In the film’s closing moments, he is “saved” from himself by a group of singing Evangelical Christians, who drag him into their church and finally goade him into confessing to Merrit’s murder, telling him that God will forgive him.[3][4][5]


  • Kenneth Okonkwo as Andy, a man desperate for wealth joins a secret cult and sacrifices his wife in exchange for wealth.[6]
  • Nnenna Nwabueze as Merit, Andy's wife
  • Kanayo O. Kanayo as Chief Omego, a member of the secret cult, scarified his mother for wealth
  • Francis Agu as Ichie Million, member of the cult
  • Okechukwu Ogunjiofor as Paul, Andy's friend who introduced him to the cult.[7]
  • Ngozi Nwaneto as Caro, Paul's love interest
  • Ngozi Nwosu as Ego, Andy's other love interest
  • Bob-Manuel Udokwu as Mike, a member of the cult
  • Sydney Diala as Cult initiator
  • Daniel Oluigbo as Chief priest
  • Rita Nzelu as Tina


  1. ^ Jagoe, Rebecca. "From Living in Bondage to the Global Stage: The Growing Success of Nollywood". The Culture Trip. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  2. ^ Tucker, Neely (5 February 2005). "Nollywood, In a Starring Role". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C., USA: The Washington Post Company. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Nollywood dreams". Melbourne, Australia: The Age Company Ltd. 31 July 2004. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Adebajo, Adekeye. "SA and Nigeria must throw culture into foreign policy mix". Johannesburg, South Africa: Times LIVE. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Nollywood turns out 2,000 films a year". Port of Spain, Trinidad: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Andy has overtaken my real name, Kenneth Okonkwo cries out - Vanguard News". Vanguard News. 2014-10-25. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  7. ^ "Okechukwu Ogunjiofor". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 

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