Arts & Entertainment

Kanayo O Kanayo Stars In Showmax’s Latest Original Limited Series, Agu

Showmax has just released the trailer for its latest Nigerian Original limited series, Agu, premiering 14 December 2023.

Agu is a six-part legal drama that stars multiple Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA) winner and Nollywood legend Kanayo O Kanayo. The series follows the lives of three key characters – Etim (Kanayo O. Kanayo), Pius (Nonso Odogwu) and Victoria (Ruby Okezie) – as they find themselves entangled in a court case for the murder of Jonathan, a close friend of Pius.

Etim is a 50-year-old, well-read lawyer who is down on his luck and struggling with his career, not to mention an alcohol problem. After crossing paths with Pius, a believer in traditional worship who is accused of killing his friend in a forest, Etim jumps on the case as a chance to revive his dying career, going head to head with the ambitious prosecuting counsel, Victoria, with whom he shares a complicated history.

However, nothing is as it seems on the case, and as the trial unfolds, the series sheds light on the characters’ complex relationships and dark secrets, while also exploring the struggle between legal and traditional belief systems.

Agu also stars Mofe Duncan as Sola, Victoria’s charming and egotistical boss and mentor; Tina Mba as Judge Akorede, a straight-forward, no-nonsense judge; and Ireti Doyle as Lola “LS” Lateef Simpson, a senior partner in Sola’s firm, who will do whatever it takes to win. Also starring in the series are Linda Ejiofor, Ego Nwosu, Vine Olugu and ex-Big Brother Titans Housemate, Miracle Op.

Lead actor Kanayo O Kanayo expressed his excitement, “I’m thrilled to be part of this project, not just as an actor, but as a lawyer bringing life to the legal aspect of the story. Throughout my career, I’ve been part of many great films, and Agu truly stands out. It’s a series that viewers should eagerly anticipate,” Kanayo says.

“In Agu, Nigerians will see themselves in the characters, and can relate with the importance of family bonds and the pursuit of justice in their day-to-day lives,” he added.

The Showmax Nigeria Original is directed by Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) winner, Anis Halloway (Unmarried, Truth, Hustle).

Agu is a story that touches on family, justice, and betrayal, all set against the backdrop of the Igbo culture. It’s a compelling limited drama series that resonates with every Nigerian, and the cast has done an incredible job of breathing life into this story. We are certain the audience will enjoy and appreciate this series,” says Halloway.

Agu is part of Showmax’s December content slate in Nigeria, alongside Season 2 of the hit telenovela Wura, and an upcoming Original feature film, School Run. Fans can also continue to enjoy new episodes of reality series The Real Housewives of Lagos Season 2 as well as a host of other Showmax Nigeria Originals.

Agu premieres exclusively on Showmax on 14 December 2023 with new episodes on Thursdays.

Watch the trailer here and follow the conversation using the hashtag #AguShowmax

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