Showmax’s first Nigerian Original limited series, Diiche, is now streaming. Ahead of today’s premiere, Showmax held an exclusive screening in Victoria Island, Lagos on Tuesday, 27 September hosted by popular media personality, Chigul.
The cast members – Uzoamaka Onuoha, Chinyere Wilfred, Gloria Anozie-Young, Frank Konwea, and Uzoamaka Aniunoh were at the event. Also, the show’s executive producer, James Omokwe, and co-directors, Fiyin Gambo and Ifeoma Chukwuogo, were present and answered a few questions during the Q&A session.
After the screening of the first episode, Executive producer James Omokwe talked about how excited he was to produce the series.
He said, “I don’t want to give too much away, but there’s a particular episode entirely in Igbo, and it’s a big deal. When the opportunity to make this film came, it was exciting for us as a team. To be honest, my real love is telling psychological stories. The first film I ever did, called the Awakening, is a thriller. It (Diiche) was like a homecoming for me, and I was very excited to produce it. However, I was anxious because it was for Showmax, and the production scale was so large, but we did it eventually.”
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When asked what she expects the audience’s reaction to be, Ifeoma Chukwuogo said, “I think the audience will find the show very layered. Diiche is a beautiful blend of genres. It’s a whodunnit. It’s a psychological thriller. There are some metaphysical, supernatural stuff, and cultural elements. So, I think as people watch the series, they’ll start to see so many layers to the storytelling. It’s obviously entertaining, exciting, and illuminating. I think people will also ask questions about themselves, certain elements of the human condition, and some cultural things. In general, I’ll say entertaining and intriguing.”
Co-director Fiyin Gambo added to this, sharing what he believes people will be surprised to learn about the making of Diiche. He said, “I think what comes to mind is – ‘now you see me, now you don’t. With the series, you think you are right and know who killed Nnamdi, but with each episode, your thinking starts changing. I think that’s what the series does to keep that suspense throughout the six episodes. It’s almost telling you, ‘don’t judge a book by the cover and don’t take things as it is’.”
The series tells the story of Diiche, an A-list actress, who becomes a prime suspect in a high-profile murder investigation over the death of Nnamdi, her fiancé. As the search for Nnamdi’s killer kicks off, Diiche tries to prove her innocence – but a story from almost 30 years ago, known only to her mother, reveals the tussle between good and evil.
Diiche premieres exclusively on Showmax today; Thursday, 29 September 2022, with new episodes available every Thursday.