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Merit of Living in Bondage fame reappears in another Igbo film

 Twenty-one years after she disappeared from the screen, Nnenna Nwabueze-Okonta who acted Merit in that pioneering movie that gave birth to what is today known as Nollywood, “Living in Bondage” has reappeared again. She’s featuring in another Igbo film titled, “ Ndi Gbo Ochie”(Primitive) which they are currently shooting in Asaba, the Delta State capital.HVP caught up with her during the week, while she was on set. She explained that she returned to the industry since last year after her family relocated to Asaba from the United States. According to her, since she returned, she has featured in more than four films.
Speaking on why she’s using another Igbo film to relaunch her career, Merit said, “It is the love I have for my language and culture that drives me because there is nobody without a culture. Besides, I read sometime ago where UNESCO said that Igbo language will soon go into extinction and I find it very scary. How can my language disappear from the face of the earth?

So, I have to contribute my own quota even if it means I have to shoot Igbo films. Somebody actually called me and asked why I am shooting another Igbo movie again; that people are saying that I left the movie industry because I cannot speak English, and that I am not educated enough. I said, well, if that is what people are saying, I don’t mind.

But I know that I have a Masters Degree. After I left UNIPORT, I studied Environmental Education; I did my masters in Administration and Planning. So, I don’t know why they are saying that I act Igbo films because I cannot speak English. That is not true anyway; it is just because I love anything Igbo, and anytime they call me for something like that, I am willing to go and do it.

The film is so wonderful; the producer gave me the script and I read it. He later asked me what I thought about it; and I told him that the script is wonderful and I would like to work with him.” Starring the likes of Chioma Chukwuka, Ella, Toni Fredrick Okoli, among other actors, “ “Primitive”is produced by the duo of Iyke Odife and Emmanuel Odife. Look out for the full interview next week.

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