Showmax’s first Nigerian original limited drama series Diiche had its premiere on Thursday, the 29th and an all exclusive event was hosted by the streamer to commemorate it.
Hosted by media personality, Chigul, the event was held in Lagos on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 and had the series’ cast, industry players and some of the evicted BBNaija housemates in attendance.
The limited series follows the life of titular character and A-list actress Diiche played by the talented Uzoamaka Onuoha. After becoming a prime suspect in a high-profile murder investigation over the death of her fiancé Nnamdi, she must take it upon herself and race against the clock to find the person responsible for his death and exonerate herself.
Executive producer of the limited series James Omokwe addressed his excitement for the new series during the event, “I don’t want to give too much away, but there’s a particular episode entirely in Igbo, and it’s a big deal. When the opportunity to make this film came, it was exciting for us as a team.“
“To be honest, my real love is telling psychological stories. The first film I ever did, called the Awakening, is a thriller. It (Diiche) was like a homecoming for me, and I was very excited to produce it. However, I was anxious because it was for Showmax, and the production scale was so large, but we did it eventually.”
When asked what she expects the audience’s reaction to be, Co-director Ifeoma Chukwuogo added, “I think the audience will find the show very layered. Diiche is a beautiful blend of genres. It’s a whodunnit. It’s a psychological thriller.“
“There are some metaphysical, supernatural stuff, and cultural elements. So, I think as people watch the series, they’ll start to see so many layers to the storytelling.“
“It’s obviously entertaining, exciting, and illuminating. I think people will also ask questions about themselves, certain elements of the human condition, and some cultural things. In general, I’ll say entertaining and intriguing.”
Co-director Fiyin Gambo while also speaking on fan expectation added that people will be surprised to learn about the making of Diiche. He said, “I think what comes to mind is – ‘now you see me, now you don’t. With the show, you think you are right and know who killed Nnamdi, but with each episode, your thinking starts changing. I think that’s what the show does to keep that suspense throughout the six episodes. It’s almost telling you, ‘don’t judge a book by the cover and don’t take things as it is’.”
Diiche stars Uzoamaka Onuoha, Chinyere Wilifred, Gloria Anozie-Young, Frank Konwea, and Uzoamaka Aniunoh. New episodes will air on Showmax exclusively every Thursday from September 29.