'Ripples': 30 Years Later
Dejumo Lewis brought hope back to Nigerian Television by reviving his opus, The New Village Headmaster. Even though it’s now shot in location rather than the original studio, viewers were more than psyched to return back to Oja community and see the remaining original cast members.
ace producer/director Zeb Ejiro has
taken a leaf out of Mr Lewis’ book, by bringing back his soap, Ripples!
The soap- which ran from 1988 to 1993-
centred around the Dehinde- Phillips family; who faced an upheaval after
the sudden death of the only son Melvin (Patrick Doyle), leaving his grieving
mother Leslie, his widow Mimi (Bimbo
Odekunle), his daughter and younger sister Bukky to cope with the huge loss.
Bukky’s boyfriend (later husband) Nnamdi’s (Sola Fosudo) investigation turned
to the very nasty Talab Abass (Alex
Usifo) but despite more than one arrest, it was never really proven he had a
hand in Melvin’s death. There were also sub plots, the more memorable being the
romance between Daphne (Barbara Soky) and Captain Hasssan (Keppy Ekpeyong
Bassey Inyang), who somehow managed to make it to the aisle, despite their many
Ripples : The New Generation- set 30 years after the original- brings back
several old and new characters. In the
centre is Melvin and Mimi’s daughter Doris Dehinde-Phillips (Tope
Olowoniyan), who we are yet to know if she will have a loving or hateful
relationship with her half brother Elo (Ian Wordi), the son Marvin had with his
old flame Onome. In the original show, Marvin changed his will prior to his
death, leaving a huge bulk of his
fortune to Elo and his mother. Doris didn’t have much of a storyline, but she did voice her
willingness to know Elo, much to Mimi’s dismay. Elo on the other hand, got
kidnapped but returned after Onome paid a huge ransom. However, it was heavily
implied Abass (under the guise of aiding Onome), was behind the crime as well.
Towards the end of the soap, Bukky and Nnamdi finally got married after a
turbulent courtship. However, infidelity, a sudden appearance of a daughter
Bukky didn’t know existed threatened to ruin their marriage, and Ripples
was eventually cancelled before there
was an actual resolution.
after a 30 year absence, what should we expect? Are Bukky and Nnamdi still
married? Do they have a kid of their own now? Are Daphne and Hasssan (now
Admiral) still together? And what does Talab Abass have up his sleeve this
time, now that Doris is the new heiress of the family’s company?
is another great development for Nigerian T.V. First we got The New Village
Headmaster back, now a revival of this old favourite. What other soaps should
be revived? That will feature in a another
the revival was unveiled at a watch party at the Filmhouse Cinema in V.I and
will officially hit African Magic on the 21st of June.
you Zeb Ejiro!