Veteran Nigerian actor Sam Dede is about to bring back to life his iconic role as “Ebube” in a forthcoming Nollywood film remake of the action-packed 2001 movie “Issakaba.”
In an Instagram post, he actor wrote, “Issakaba!!! The Myth returns. A river does not flow through a forest without bringing down trees. Men with evil minds lurk in the dark. But….. Justice is mine.”
Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) season seven winner Josephine “Phyna” Otabor and Chidi Mokeme are rumored to be joining the cast. The latest project will be directed by the original director, Lancelot Imasuen.
‘Issakaba’ is an anagram for Bakassi. The film is based on the true story of the Bakassi Boys, a grassroots vigilante group that was established in 1998 to fight widespread criminality in the southeast region of Nigeria.
In the movie, Ebube guides the Issakaba boys on a quest to stop the armed robberies that are afflicting their neighborhood. He uses unusual strategies and supernatural charms to bring about speedy justice.
Notable actors including Chiwetalu Agu, Pete Eneh, Amaechi Muonagor, Susan Obi, Mike Ogundu, and John Okafor starred in the five-part film released in 2001.
Andy Chukwu, Zulu Adigwe, Diewait Ikpechukwu, Remmy Ohajianya, Emeka Nwafor, Tom Njemanze, Uche Odoputa, and Emeka Ani were also part of the cast.
Sam Dede joined Nollywood in 1995 and rose to prominence for his role in the film ‘Ijele’. His career has been marked by memorable performances and accolades, including prestigious honors like the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).
Beyond acting, he has made significant contributions to Nigerian cinema and served in various capacities. Dede previously held the position of director-general at the Rivers State Tourism Development Agency and also shared his expertise as a lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT).
While the production of the sequel is still in progress, the release date remains undisclosed.