4 facts about ‘Living In Bondage’

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The movie is a Nollywood classic that tells the story of a man who uses his wife for money rituals.

Living in bondage is a 1992 drama thriller directed
by Chris Obi Rapu, written by Kenneth Nnebue &
Okechukwu Ogunjiofor and produced by
Okechukwu Ogunjiofor. The movie tells the story of
a man who uses his wife for mone rituals and is
continually haunted by his late wife’s ghost.
Here are a few things you didn’t know about the
movie:
1. It is not the first Nigerian home video: Contrary
to popular opinion, Living In Bondage is not the first
Nigerian home video. There are a few barely
remembered ones like the works of Okpuru
Anyanwu which was shot in Igbo and aired on
eastern TV stations.
Although what launched the big break of the
Nigerian movie industry better known as
Nollywood, was Living In Bondage due to its
nationwide acceptance.
2. It was shot entirely in Igbo Language: The film
was shot entirely in Igbo Language but was
subtitled in English. From the beginning, the
influence of Onitsha, capital of Anambra State in
the Nollywood can not be overemphasised.
3. More than half of the Nollywood movies after
LIB are spinoffs, basically: The trend of human
sacrifice for money rituals in Nollywood began with
LIB. Since then, at least half of Nollywood’s biggest
hits is based on a man sacrificing a loved one or a
random pregnant woman on the road who crossed
his path. Thankfully, the scene has evolved and we
have more real life and creative plots.
4. The movie was shot Straight-To-Video: This
simply means it was released straight to home
video rather than a theatrical release or television
broadcast. So that basically means all the money
made was from cassette sales. Even though most
of the movies made till this day are still straight-
to-video, the big budget ones are making it to the
cinema more frequently.

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