The Punch

Adekola, Aigbe, Mr Macaroni, others to star in Ile Alayo

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PAY-TV provider, Startimes, in conjunctio­n with Wakaati TV and nollywood actor, Femi adebayo, is set to start airing Ile alayo, a comedy series which is an adaptation of the comedy movie of the same title.

The movie, which was written by Femi adebayo, was released in 2013.

The cast of the new TV series includes top actors and social media comedians such as odunlade adekola, Mercy aigbe, adebayo Salami (oga Bello), lateef adedimeji, Dele odule, Femi adebayo, ebun oloyede, Mr Macaroni, Broda Shaggi and Woli agba. It was unveiled during the week at a press conference organised by Startimes.

according to adebayo, the series will borrow heavily from the original storyline of the movie, stressing that it will centre on humourous characters with conflictin­g behaviours, and bring back more than 70 per cent of the original cast.

He said, “Some years ago, we produced Ile alayo as a home video, and since then, there has been a great demand for it to come back as a TV series.

“When the opportunit­y from our associatio­n, Tampan to synergise with Startimes showed up, we gave it a shot, and after so much considerat­ion by the company, they felt it was good enough to bring on board as a series.

“Ile Alayo has so many comedians. The concept is about a ‘face-me, I face-you’ house where so many characters with conflictin­g behaviours and attitudes live. The occupants of the house include a Muslim cleric, a prophet, a man that sells Indian hemp, prostitute­s, a retired soldier and cybercrimi­nals.”

On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of Startimes, Alex Jian, noted that the partnershi­p came as a result of the company’s desire to satisfy the growing demands of viewers for local content. He said, “nollywood is the second largest content production centre in the world. In the past 10 years, we have been active in the industry through content acquisitio­n and production.

“However, when demands from our audience increased, we began to realise the need to do more. Ile Alayo is just a start. In the near future, more Nollywood actors and filmmakers will bring more exciting local content to the screens of our viewers.”

In a similar vein, the Content Director of the company, Viki Liu, said, “We are making a broader commitment to Nollywood. This TV series is the first step to this commitment. With an array of super stars, movie fans should expect a lot of laughter in the blockbuste­r drama launching in the fourth quarter.”

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