This November, Play Network and Native Filmworks are set to dazzle Nollywood lovers with the release of Ramsey Nouah‘s directorial debut, Living in Bondage Breaking Free. The new title is the highly anticipated sequel to Nollywood 1992 classic, Living in Bondage.

Ahead of the November 8th release, here are 4 facts you probably didn’t know about the original film.

1. Living in Bondage was not Nollywood’s Premiere Movie Production

While Living in Bondage‘s 1992 release grew to become Nollywood’s breakthrough production, there were recorded stage plays and feature films dating back to the seventies. However, the movie’s straight-to-video release became the Nollywood success story. It grounded what was to become the famed “Upper Iweka” sales and distribution style ( a total disregard for cinemas and in its stead, the sales of VHS cassettes and VCDs).

2. Living in Bondage was Shot with a VHS Camera

Necessity was indeed the mother of the Living in Bondage invention. Co-Producer, Okechukwu Ogunjiofor had initially come up with the idea of filming with the VHS camera and selling the cassettes for N60 at the time. In 1991, he met Kenneth Nnebue, a blank VHS cassette importer. While Okechukwu was in dire need of an investor, Kenneth was in dire need of customers for his slow-selling cassettes.

The math was simple! Create a story, film on VHS and sell to the target audience. They went on to sell 750,000 copies.

3. The Target Audience? Igbos Of Course!

Obviously, the movie’s predominant language is Igbo. This was a calculated move from preproduction. According to screenwriter and producer, Okechukwu Ogunjiofor, he sought to reach only the country’s Igbo populace that made the 10 percent of Nigeria’s 100 million people at the time.

Thankfully, they thought of subtitles!

4. Living in Bondage Director- Vic Mordi, Chris Obi-Rapu or Skipo?

One of the reasons Living in Bondage director is rarely talked about is probably due to the fact that the director used a pseudonym. Ace director and former NTA Programmes Controller, Chris Obi-Rapu directed the movie under the pseudonym Vic Mordi due to NTA’s strict rules on private practice.

Chris was paid N10,000 for working on the project. He, however, refused to return to direct part 2 of the movie due to unconfirmed differences.

What about Skipo? That’s just Chris’s nickname.

Have you seen the new Living in Bondage Sequel teaser? Watch Below:

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If you are reading this, I’m super glad and excited to welcome you to my world. There are two things I simply can’t do without; writing and watching movies. Movie reviewing for me is an opportunity to do both. I simply watch movies and let my readers see these movies through my objective lens.