'76 - The Story
'76' is an upcoming Nigerian historical fiction drama film produced by Adonaijah 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.
The director, Izu Ojukwu, has always had fantasies about making military movies, so much that he follows many coup stories. When the '''76'' project came along, he had to do a lot more readings and research, and also consult scholars on the crucial aspects of the story, to ensure historical accuracy.
Filming took place mainly at Mokola Barracks, Ibadan. After over four months on set, Principal photography was concluded in July 2012.
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."
Director: Izu Ojukwu
Executive Producers: Adonijah Owiriwa and Tonye Princewill