Popular Nollywood drama series, ‘Ripples’, is set to return to our TV screens after a 30-year hiatus, voiceofnaija.ng has reliably gathered.
Ripples, one of the most extended drama series, premieres on Africa Magic on 21 June.
The longtime soap opera by Zeb Ejiro was premiered on NTA in 1988, while the last episode aired in 1993.
It was one of the most popular TV shows of the 90s and aired for five years.
However, the sequel, titled “Ripples (The New Generation), still centres around the lives of the Dehinde-Phillips’ and their associates.
The new series will give room to a new generation of cast members, taking on the role of the children and grandchildren of the beloved characters from the show’s first generation.
Tope Olowoniyan will take her lead role as Doris Dehinde-Philips, accompanied by Daniel Abua, Vine Olugu, and Ian Wordi, who play Elo Dehinde-Phillips, Alex, and Inspector Richard, respectively.
However, older characters like Alex Usifo, Barbara Soky, Emeka Ossai, and Keppy Ekpeyong-Bassey will return to their roles as Talab Abass, Daphne Wellington-Cole, Wale Okoya, and Admiral (formerly Captain) Hassan, respectively.
Debby Felix, Lexan Peters, Francis Onwochei, and Mena Sodje will join them as the new generation.
The mastermind behind the series and its success, Zeb Ejiro, who shares the role of writer and director, narrated how the show started in 1988.
The prolific Nollywood filmmaker said tv stations allocated ‘Friday’ airtime when it started showing.
He noted that at the time, people rarely watched television on the said day, but they were able to pull off to achieve their success.
Ejiro told Premium Times that bringing back the show was a way to create the nostalgic magic they made years ago.
He said: “It’s 30 years ago that we created Ripples with the first generation. They gave us a terrible day, which was Friday at 7:30 p.m. People didn’t watch television then, but we made the show so powerful that people would keep dates to watch it.
“We just told ourselves that 30 years after, we can still create that magic. We want a situation where no matter what or how busy you are, you must find time for Ripples this time around. We will do it so that you can’t do without it.”
The movie legend further appreciated his partners, Africa Magic, for working with him to ensure the success of the series.
“Today, we have created history. This is the first time a soap opera or TV Series shot 30 years ago is returning. It has never been done. You see these guys in Africa Magic; they know what they want. Africa Magic, thank you so much.”