As the new TV drama series titled Prof. Johnbull sponsored by Nigeria’s grandmasters of data, Globacom is set to hit the airwaves, the cast and crew of the social satire have expressed their profound happiness to be part of the production.
The new drama series is shot in Enugu and features the best actors and actresses from Nollywood including Kanayo O. Kanayo (Prof. Johnbull ), Ime Bishop Okon, Mercy Johnson, Yomi Fash-Lanso, Bimbo Akintola, Queen Nwokoye, Junior Pope, and several others. Glo ambassadors will also make cameo appearances in the series.
The lead actor, Kanayo O. Kanayo, who plays Professor Johnbull, and renowned for using high-sounding grammar, said: “It feels so fulfilling playing the lead role Prof. Johnbull. I feel honored to be chosen to interpret this role. It’s a huge challenge, in-fact it is one role I see as being too technical for me to play, technical because the high-sounding grammar the character speaks, is that which you must have to research, and that means you have to keep on rehearsing yourself every day.”
Mercy Johnson, another Nollywood star featuring in the series, said “Prof. Johnbull drama series will have a huge impact on the society. She described the series as a social satire that will teach and entertain at the same time. “It will teach the society as well as entertaining them”, she said.
She stated further that “The drama series, I’m sure, will help to correct the ills in the society. I mean the South Eastern audience will really enjoy it a lot. My role is a comic character called Caro, an illiterate girl who sells oranges but found favor in the professor’s daughter who convinced the dad to bring her in to be part of the family.”
Answering a question on what her experience has been on the set on a live interview at Dream 92.5 FM Enugu, Mercy said, “I feel extremely honored to feature in the series. I feel privileged and special. I feel like Glo ruling my world and I’m honestly grateful for the opportunity because it’s a huge platform for me to step into other places and broaden my horizon.”
Also speaking, another Nollywood actor who played the character, Olaniyi, a southerner who runs an “Nkwobi joint” and is so fixated about making money, Yomi Fash-Lanso stated that the drama is educative and entertaining, adding that it would enlighten the people of south-east and south-south and Nigerians in general on the need for peaceful co-existence.
“The drama series has a mixture of characters from different cultures and background in Nigeria. For instance, I play the role, Olaniyi, who is a Southerner; Funky Mallam plays the role, Mallam Doya, a character who is a northerner and there are other characters who are Easterners.”
He commended Globacom for coming up with the concept. “Glo for me has always been a pacesetter; the company’s contribution to the entertainment industry in this country is unparalleled. They have always been at the fore-front of entertainment, and now coming up with this idea, I mean… wow…”
Another popular face from Nollywood, Queen Nwokoye who acted the role of Elizabeth, the daughter of Prof. Johnbull also expressed support for the social satire. She said: “Prof. Johnbull is the first-of-its-kind here in the South-East. Trust me, viewers would always dash home to watch every edition, because I’m sure they wouldn’t want to miss it, even for a minute.”
One of the numerous popular actors on set is Funky Mallam. He said “I’m feeling at home here in Enugu. The location is just warm and friendly. My role is Mallam Doya, a Hausa man who sells yam. The concept of the drama series is a nice one. I believe viewers will be glued to their TV screens”.
Tchidi Tchikere, the producer of the drama series, while speaking during an interview on Dream FM commended the development of Prof. Johnbull as a TV Drama series. He also spoke on the numerous merits of the sitcom, part of which is the emphasis on peaceful co-existence among the different tribes in Nigeria.