Nigerian filmmaker Charles Okpaleke has embarked on a groundbreaking project, bringing to life the gripping story of the 1993 Nigerian Airways flight hijack. The highly anticipated historical feature film, titled “Hijack93,” promises to captivate audiences with its stellar cast and compelling narrative.
Under the skillful direction of Robert O. Peters and production by Rogers Ofime, “Hijack93” boasts an ensemble cast that includes renowned actors such as John Dumelo, Efa Iwara, Jemima Osunde, Idia Aisien, Nancy Isime, and Sharon Ooja. These talented individuals have dedicated themselves to the project, going so far as to attend aviation school for three months to prepare for their roles.
The movie delves into the audacious act of a group of teenagers who hijacked a Nigerian Airways plane en route to Abuja, diverting it to Niger after the failed June 12 elections. Their daring objective was to compel the government to transfer power to the rightful winner, MKO Abiola.
Supported by the esteemed British Film Institute (BFI), “Hijack93” is a collaboration between Play Network Studios and Native Media. This partnership ensures a high-quality production that will not only entertain but also shed light on a pivotal moment in Nigerian history.
Charles Okpaleke, the driving force behind the film, took to Instagram to share his enthusiasm about the project and express his gratitude to the exceptional cast and crew. He commended the directorial duo of Rogers Ofime and Robert Peters for their exceptional work and highlighted the remarkable performances of the lead actors, particularly the young hijackers who brought fresh energy to the screen.
“Hijack93” aims to present a narrative that is authentically Nigerian, told by Nigerians, and for Nigerians. By delving into this significant event, the film seeks to ensure that the nation’s history is preserved and shared with future generations.
As the premiere approaches, anticipation for “Hijack93” continues to build, and movie enthusiasts eagerly await its release. This cinematic masterpiece promises to take audiences on a thrilling journey through a momentous chapter of Nigerian history.
With “Hijack93,” Charles Okpaleke and his team are set to make their mark, delivering an extraordinary film that will leave an indelible impression on both local and international audiences. Stay tuned for the release of this remarkable production that will undoubtedly contribute to Nigeria’s vibrant film industry and showcase the nation’s rich history on the global stage.