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Cock Crow at Dawn

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Written by  Peter Igho
Theme music composer  Bongos Ikwue
Initial release  April 1980
Genres  Soap opera, Docudrama
Directed by  Matt Dadzie
Country of origin  Nigeria
Number of episodes  104
Created by  Nigerian Television Authority, Peter Igho
Original language(s)  English, Nigerian English, Nigerian Pidgin
Network  Nigerian Television Authority
Similar  The Village Headmaster, Basi and Company, New Masquerade, Tinsel, Super Story

Official cock crow at dawn video by the iconic bongos ikwue


Cock Crow at Dawn was a Nigerian edutainment serial that aired weekly on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) network in the early 1980s. The project was developed and financed by NTA and United Bank for Africa to promote interest in farming. However, it was criticized by some writers as a propaganda tool for Shagari's Green Revolution programme.

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Production

The idea for Cock Crow at Dawn came from NTA as part of the networks effort to increase awareness about the Green Revolution programme of the Shehu Shagari's administration and also to use entertainment to market large scale mechanized farming to middle and upper class Nigerians. NTA shopped the idea to UBA which agreed to fund production cost as part of its agricultural credit scheme. Peter Igho, an NTA employee who had developed a drama show at NTA Sokoto was hired to write and develop the serial. The choice of location was Sabon Garin Tarria, a rural setting about 20 kilometers from Jos.

Cast and characters

  • George Menta as Bello, a businessman
  • Zainab Bedwell as Ene
  • Emmanuel Oniwun as uncle Beke
  • Sadiq Daba as Bitrus
  • Ene Oloja as mama Bitrus
  • Tola Awobode as Lare
  • Karimu Yero as uncle Gaga
  • Jegede Olatunji as Village chief
  • References

    Cock Crow at Dawn Wikipedia


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