Lions of 76
’76, formerly Lions of ’76, is a 2016 Nigerian historical fiction drama film directed by Izu Ojukwu and produced by Adonaijah Owiriwa and Izu Ojukwu. It stars Ramsey Nouah, Chidi Mokeme, Rita Dominic, and Ibinabo Fiberesima.
Set six years after the civil war, a young officer from the Middle Belt, Joseph Dewa, gets into a romantic relationship with an O-level student, Suzanne, from the South-eastern region. However, their relationship is strained by constant military postings and Suzanne's family who constantly complained of not wanting to have anything to do with Joseph's people.
In a series of event that followed and betrayal of trust from Joseph's friend, Gomos, Joseph gets accused of being involved in the unsuccessful 1976 military coup and assassination of General Murtala Mohammed. His release will be based on his innocence by producing his Identity Card, of which he couldn't.
Suzanne went through a lot of emotional pains, coupled with the delivery of a baby girl. She eventually did everything she could to prove his husband's innocence. Joseph wasn't executed, but was dismissed from the army.
The historical account in ’76 went through a seven-month approval period at the Nigerian Military before filming started. The film, which is set in the 1970s, was shot in Ibadan, Oyo. The film, which was shot on 16-millimeter film with an Arriflex 416 camera, was in production for about five years.
- Preach Bassey
- Rita Dominic
- Ibinabo Fiberesima