NIGERIA TO SHOOT MTV SHUGA 3 THIS TIME ROUND
Shuga, a TV series that was first aired in 2009 on MTV Base as part of an initiative dubbed MTV Staying Alive Ignite, is going to be produced and filmed in Nigeria for the first time. Shuga was part of a multimedia campaign that aimed at spreading the message of responsible sexual behaviour and tolerance. Shuga 3 is expected to utilise Nigerian cast and crew while drawing inspiration from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi’s novel, “Half of a Yellow Sun,” which describes the impact of the Nigerian-Biafra war in 1963.
“My hope and vision of Shuga in Nigeria is huge.I think our priority is to strike our audience in Nigeria and all across Africa as well,” says George Arnold, Executive Director of the Staying Alive Foundation.
The celebrated Nigerian filmmaker Biyi Bandele will direct the 8-part series. Shuga 3 will star Nigerian actor and musician Ikubese Emmanuel Ifeanyichukwu, aka 9con, who will reprise his role as smooth-talking bad boy Femi from Shuga series 2.
Kenyan actor, singer and radio presenter Nick Mutuma, 24, a veteran of Shuga series 1 and 2, will revisit the role of Leo, one of Shuga’s most popular characters.
A number of popular Nigerian musicians are also expected to be involved in cameo and acting roles, following hit turns by Banky W and WizKid in Shuga season 2. Further cast members and roles will be revealed at a later date.
The topics to be tackled are such as HIV in Nigeria, maternal and child health, family planning, teen pregnancy, gender-based violence, and women’s empowerment. Shuga announced on its website that pre-production of the new multi-episode is already underway and principle photography is scheduled to take place in August. Shuga is set to premier on MTV Base and other networks around the world on World Aids Day (1st of December, 2013).