Just on his way to the Mosque, Nigeria Head of State, Gen. Murtala Mohammed was cut down by one of his allies Lt. Col Suka Dimka.
It was a coup de’tat that changed the history of Nigeria. It heralded the beginning of another military regime to be led by Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo.
It was all about soldiers, men of valour whose wives were quickly put in the past. The wives were never remembered again. Some lived in penury and could only tell the story to their children about the heinous crime committed against their husbands.
However, the life and death of Murtala Mohammed lingers in the minds of Nigerians perhaps because of his deeds, which of course endeared him as one the best leaders the country ever produced.
In 76, the story of love and the removal of the Nigeria Head of State, Murtala Mohammed, the heroes exhibit the treason, intrigue, patriotism and faith behind it.
It highlights a period of transition and political instability in 1976. it is inspired by real-life events that led to the assassination of Gen. Murtala Muhammed and the events that followed immediately.
Speaking on the movie, the Executive producer, Adonijah Owiriwa said "Military coups were our legacy. In some ways, we are still trying to recover from this. Everyone sees and hears the perspective of the officers. But the woman’s story stays silent. We wanted to highlight the strength and the vulnerabilities of the typical African woman through the eyes of officers’ wives"
The Movie production was set in Ibadan, Oyo State, utilizing the Mokola Barracks as a base for the shoot, the cast had to be trained by the Nigerian Military, and Rita Dominic celebrated her birthday on set.
This is the first Nollywood film to be chosen by Toronto and London film festivals back-to-back and is a new milestone in both African cinema and history.
76 makes history for African cinemas alongside Ay's 30 days in Atlanta, which was chosen for the highest grossing movie of all time for the Nollywood movie industry.
The film will have its red carpet London premiere on October 15 and would be attended by all the key cast, crew and special guests. It will then have its African premiere in Lagos on November 11 before being released nationwide in cinemas from November 25.
The Movie is distributed by Silverbird Film Distribution WA, and is set for cinematic release from the 25th of November.