Legendary Nollywood Cast Announced for ‘Isakaba’ Sequel: Iyabo Ojo, Alex Osifo, and Regina Daniel Join A-List Lineup
In an electrifying revelation that has set social media ablaze, producers of the highly-anticipated sequel to the 2001 Nigerian action classic “Isakaba” have unveiled an illustrious ensemble of A-list actors set to grace the screen. Joining the ranks of the already announced stars like Sam Dede, Chidi Mokeme, and Phyna from Big Brother, are notable figures including Sanni Danger, Nosa Rex, Yekini “Itele” Ibrahim, Regina Daniel, Iyabo Ojo, Mike Ogundu, Alex Osifo, Francis Onwochei, Charles Okafor, Chiwetalu Agu, Ben Olaye, Chudi Kashimawo, and Mark Angel.
The announcement, made through a captivating Instagram post, has ignited fervent anticipation among fans and critics alike. Set against the backdrop of a community vigilante group known as the Bakassi Boys, the sequel promises to deliver the same adrenaline-pumping action and gripping narrative that made its predecessor an instant classic.
“Issakaba,” an anagram for Bakassi, derives its inspiration from the real-life exploits of the Bakassi Boys, who became renowned for their relentless pursuit of justice in the face of rampant crime. Led by the indomitable Ebube, portrayed by the returning Sam Dede, the Issakaba Boys confront a formidable adversary in the form of armed robbers wielding mystical powers.
The original film, directed by the visionary Lancelot Imasuen, captivated audiences with its portrayal of a community grappling with the scourge of crime and the resilience of ordinary citizens determined to restore peace. Now, after a hiatus spanning 23 years, the saga continues with Imasuen once again at the helm, promising to reignite the magic that made the franchise a cultural phenomenon.
The announcement, made on Saturday, January 27, 2024, by Sam Dede himself, marks the dawn of a new chapter in Nigerian cinema, one that promises to enthrall audiences and reaffirm the industry’s prowess on the global stage. Describing the production as the resurrection of a timeless myth, Dede’s words echo the sentiments of fans eagerly awaiting the return of their beloved characters.
“ISSAKABA!!! The Myth returns. A RIVER DOES NOT FLOW THROUGH A FOREST WITHOUT BRINGING DOWN TREES. Men with evil minds lurk in the dark. But….. JUSTICE IS MINE,” exclaimed Dede, hinting at the epic battles and moral struggles that lie ahead.
With a cast boasting an unparalleled pedigree and a directorial maestro steering the ship, “Isakaba” stands poised to make a triumphant return, reaffirming its status as a cornerstone of Nigerian cinema. As production continues, fans can only wait with bated breath for the moment when the curtain rises on this long-awaited sequel, ready to embark on another thrilling journey into the heart of darkness and the triumph of the human spirit.