TV Adaptation of Ile Alayo to Air on StarTimes


StarTimes in conjunctio­n with Wakaati TV and Nollywood Thespian, Femi Adebayo, is set to launch Ile Alayo comedy series which is an adaptation of the blockbuste­r movie.

The cast includes Nollywood thespians and notable social media comedians like Mr Macaroni, Broda Shaggi, Woli Agba, Odunlade Adekola, Mercy Aigbe, Adebayo Salami, Lateef Adedimeji, Dele Odule, Femi Adebayo, Ebun Oloyede, Cute Abiola and Wale Akorede.

The cast and crew of the series were unveiled last Wednesday at a press conference organised by StarTimes. Also in attendance were the CEO of StarTimes Nigeria,Alex Jian; Content Director, Viki Liu, COO, Tunde Aina; the CEO of Wakaati TV, Rotimi Akingbogun; ED of OMD, Yinka Adebayo, and representa­tives of major brands in the country.

In 2013, ‘Ile Alayo’, a comic movie which was written by the seasoned actor, Femi Adebayo, was released to critical acclaim.

Speaking at the press conference, the 43-yearold actor said the series will borrow heavily from the original storyline of the movie, stressing that it will centre on humourous characters with conÁicting behaviours.

Adebayo said: ‘IleAlayo’ will bring back more than 70 per cent of the original cast, and will introduce new characters like Mr Macaroni, Woli Agba, Broda Shaggi and Lateef Adedimeji. Some years ago we produced ‘Ile Alayo’ as a home video, and when we ended it, there have been a great demand for ‘Ile Alayo’ to come back majorly as a 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 and face you” house where we have so many characters with conÁicting behaviours and attitudes. We have a Muslim cleric, a prophet, a man that sells

Indian hemp, prostitute­s, retired soldier and cybercrimi­nals.

“The essence of the series is to create a comedy that will make sense. As far as we are trying to make it as humorous as possible, we also want to touch on some social messages that aͿect our environmen­t. ‘Ile Alayo’ is a comedy Áick that I know people will appreciate. I can assure that the sponsors will get value for what they have invested.”

On his part, Alex Jian, the chief executive o΀cer of StarTimes, said the partnershi­p comes as a result of the company’s desire to satisfy the growing demands of viewers for local content.

“Nollywood is the second largest content production centre in the world, in the past 10 years, StarTimes has come to the industry in our own way, whether through content acquisitio­n and production,” he said.

“However, when demands from our audience increased, we began to realise the need to do more. Yes, we are going to do more. ‘Ile

Alayo’ is just a start. In the near future, more Nollywood artistes and profession­als will bring more exciting local content to the screen of our viewers.

Viki Liu, Content Director, StarTimes added, “We are making a broader commitment to the Nollywood industry. Ile Alayo is the Àrst step to this commitment. With an array of super-stars, movie fans should expect laughter aplenty in the blockbuste­r drama launching in the fourth quarter.

“We are currently working on a plan that will make StarTimes a powerhouse of Nollywood content. As such, we are willing to collaborat­e with budding talents in the industry to bring more creativity to life. For young and promising creatives who do not have the opportunit­y to showcase their ingenuity, we are open to collaborat­e with you on your journey to becoming a global brand. You have the talent; we have the Ànance to power your creativity,” she concluded.

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