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A REVIEW OF AN AFRICA MAGIC TELEVISION SERIES – AJOCHE****

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A REVIEW OF AN AFRICA MAGIC TELEVISION SERIES – AJOCHE****

‘Ajoche’ which means ‘kingdom’ in English tells the ancient tale of the people of Ocholuje: the story of love, war, betrayal and fate. The pilot episode introduced us to the kingdom of Ocholuje on a bloody rampage to revenge the deah of an innocent woman. The plot also captures the story of Alechenu, a boy destined to be king of Ocholuje, and the hindrances that stand between him and the fulfilment of his destiny.

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Ajoche stars the talented Femi Branch, Hilda Dokubo, Lucy Ameh, Tokunbo Idowu (Tboss), Bassey and Lota Chukwu, to mention a few. The thrilling story is set somewhere in Idoma Land in the middle belt region. We are taken almost a century back in history, 1918 to be precise. New Episodes of this epic drama series air on weekdays at 8:30 pm WAT on DSTV, Africa Magic Showcase channel 151.

Other than the fact that the drama appeals to he Africanness in us, it is also a celebration of he African male body and sexuality. This is obvious from the choice of actors chosen for the roles. A survey may reveal that Ajoche is viewed by more women. It’s not our fault, Ajoche parades quite a number of eye candies.

If you watch Ajoche, you know that a lot of innovative work has been put into building the set, finding locations and props. There’s a brilliant and significant use of colours. When I think of Ocholuje for instance, all I can imagine is the colour brown in several shades. In addition, one could say that the series was set in the wood age. Almost everything in Ocholuje is made from wood or something brown. The kings crown, throne and stave are all made from wood. Even basic kitchen utensils like cooking spoons are made from wood. The beads that adorn the necks of men and the waist of women of Ocholuje are also wooden or appear so. One can also see the motif of the lion head around the Palace.

The costuming of his television drama is very significant and worthy of some appreciation. From the physical appearance of mode of dressing of the characters depict he social stratification of the Kingdom. If a woman is unmarried, married or pregnant, her mode of dressing is all you need to decide.

Moreover, for the ancient people of Ocholuje, the female hair and male beard are socially significant. While the royal women have very lush and healthy looking hair which is often plaited in elaborate styles, the kitchen maids have short hair that is made into simple and basic hairstyles. For the men, you can tell a man different from a boy depending on how full and long the beard is. These cultural and social categories are subtle but important details that the creative crew shares with viewers. I find this really intelligent.

When you look at Akajo, you can almost see every single strand of hair in his beard. This points to the amazing picture resolutions and much we enjoy watching our favourite epic series.

I just think that one style of language use should be adopted and used across board. I believe the drama series will enjoy more credibility if all the characters speak like they are indeed in 1918. It is awkward for Oofun to speak like she’s from 1918 only for Alechenu to speak like he is from 2018.

Ajoche is a breath of fresh air: different from the contemporary and savoury images and stories of our world today being painted all over television these days. I give Ajoche a 4.5 out of 5 points.

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