The Coal City of Enugu has become a beehive of activities as the cast and the production crew of the sensational TV drama series, Professor Johnbull, sponsored by the telecommunications company, Globacom, storm the camp to begin the shooting of Season 6 of the series.
Information gathered by our reporters indicated that the first set of cast and crew arrived Enugu last Friday while the remaining members joined mid-week. A member of the production crew said, “I can confirm to you that virtually everybody is on ground and shooting has commenced in earnest for Season 6”.
Produced by Tchidi Chikere, Professor Johnbull, an episodic situational comedy, is woven round the family of a retired Professor, Professor Johnbull, acted by Kanayo O. Kanayo, who resides in a neighbourhood in Enugu with his daughter, Elizabeth (Queen Nwokoye), his househelp, Nje (Angela Okorie) and his kinsman, Jeroboam, aka Boam (Osita Iheme), with his house becoming the people’s court and a melting pot for his neigbours who come around to resolve all manner of issues.
The cast is made up of prominent Nollywood stars such as Yomi Fash Lanso, who plays the role of a restauranteur, Olaniyi; Funky Mallam, who acts Mai Doya, the yam seller; his sales girl, Bimbo Akintola, known as Ufoma in the series, and Professor Johnbull’s security man, Martins Nebo (Abadnego).
Others are Jumoke, acted by Bidemi Kosoko; Etuk (Imeh Bishop); Flash (Stephen Odimgbe), and Samson (Ogus Baba). Veterans such as Chief Chika Okpala, a.k.a. Zebrudayah, Patience Ozokwor, a.k.a. Mama G, and Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD) had at one time or another made cameo appearances in the series. Chief Okpala and RMD are consultants to the production crew of the series.
The programme airs on NTA Network, NTA International on DSTV Channel 251 and NTA on StarTimes on Tuesdays at 8.30 p.m. with a repeat broadcast on Fridays on the same channels and time. A season of Professor Johnbull is made up of 13 episodes.