Who Remembers Nneka the Pretty Serpent?
Yes, it’s been decades since the release of the movie but it still holds a lot of lessons. What do you remember about this Zeb Ejiro flick?
Nneka the pretty serpent is regarded as one of the movies that marked the beginning of Nollywood, it also helped launch the careers of notable actors in the Industry. Produced by Okechukwu Ogunjiofor and directed by the talented Zeb Ejiro, this movie made waves back in the day and it remains a classic in the Nigerian Film Industry.
The commercially successful movie was a must watch, with a star-studded cast that included Kanayo O. Kanayo, Ndidi Obi, Eucharia Anunobi, Ngozi Ezeonu, Rita Nzelu and a host of others. The movie garnered a cult of followers partly because the plot was what we as Africans can relate with. It tells the story of Nneka, the mermaid who uses her powers to destroy men, especially married men. Nneka doesn’t allow anything to stand in her way, she takes whatever she wants whenever it suits her. The opening scene was epic, it showed Nneka’s Mother sacrificing a cock to the river goddess as she asked for a child, and thus Nneka was born.
After toying with many hearts she finally settled for Tony (Okechukwu). She made sure he was reduced to next to nothing, he lost his job, no money and he was a complete nuisance to himself and others around him. Yet she still tormented his life. Tony was eventually saved with the help of Emeka and Ify (played by Kanayo and Rita) who brought a pastor to help. The nameless pastor stood against the powers of darkness and as you would have it, God saved the day.
The Movie, made in two parts- English and Igbo had one of the most unforgettable lines in the final scene where Nneka told Tony to look in her eyes (In Igbo language). Please, who can type that in Igbo? Help us out. Hehehe. What other scenes can you remember from the movie? Hit the comment section, let’s talk.
- Credits – Mikky Anyangbeso