StarTimes Partners Actors/Comedians in Okirika Series to Debut in December
StarTimes has partnered with Nigerian movie actors and comedians to release a movie series that will debut in December. Titled Okirika – which means, second-hand clothes in local parlance – the hilarious movie series will be shot in a second-hand clothes market in Lagos State. It will also be shown on StarTimes channels ST Nollywood Plus, ST Yoruba, PBO, and Wakaati TV.
The comedy series was produced by Yoruba movie star, Muka Ray, and features Iyabo Ojo, Toyin Abrahams, Real Warri Pikin, MC Lively, IsBaeU, Mercy Eke, Ini Edo, Korede Bello, Woli Agba, Broda Shaggi, Priscilla Ojo, Kemi Tawoo-fake, Debo Macaroni, and many others.
The unveiling of the movie project was held over the weekend at Marriott Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos State. At the event were CEO of StarTimes Nigeria, Alex Jian; Content Director, Viki Liu; COO, Tunde Aina; and Executive Director of OMD, Yinka Adebayo; and representatives of major Nigerian brands.
Movie celebrities at the event include Iyabo Ojo, Mr Macaroni, Zic Aloma, Muka Ray, Jide Kosoko, Olaiya Igwe, Yinka Quadri, Binta Ayo-Mogaji, Toyin Abraham, Toro Aramide, Yvonne Jegede, Jide ‘Jblaze’ Oyegbile, and Kitan Bukola, among others.
In July, StarTimes partnered with popular Yoruba actor Femi Adebayo to adopt his movie, Ile Alayo, into a series of comedy that would be shown on the pay-TV station. StarTimes CEO Alex Jian said the partnership on Ile Alayo and Okirika is to demonstrate the TV company’s investment in local content in Nigeria.
“In July, I promised that Ile Alayo is just our first step, and StarTimes is going to invest more in local content,” Jian stated. “Today, we are reuniting for our second project this year. We are still on the journey, welcoming new partnerships, investing in fresh ideas, providing a stage for young talents.”
COO Tunde Aina and Content Director Viki Liu said StarTimes is happy to collaborate with Nigerian movie stars and comedians to promote cultural values via educative and entertaining local content. They revealed that the production of the series will commence in the second week of October and they will begin to air on StarTimes channels in the second week of December.