It’s not every day that Mo Abudu (also known as Mosunmola Abudu), one of the leading pioneering legends of Nigerian television, throws her weight behind just any new small screen endeavor. But this media mogul, noted philanthropist and former human resources management consultant obviously knows a good thing when she sees it; such is the case with the upcoming heist six-part miniseries entitled Reclaim, according to our good neighbors across the street at The Hollywood Reporter who know a thing or two about quality production.
Reclaim is about a group of art thieves who set about the task of trying to return art masterpieces to their Nigerian homes that had been pinched by the British Empire one hundred and twenty-five years ago, according to the official plot synopsis for the new series. “On his death bed, billionaire art collector, Chief Inneh, hands his life’s mission over to his daughter Idia Nicole Inneh: She must reclaim four footed ivory masks depicting Queen India, the first Queen Mother of the 16th Century Benin Empire,” the summation for the show continues. “A woman of action with nothing to lose, Idia assembles a kick-ass team of talented but morally dubious individuals from around the globe, including world-class art thief Matthew Jones, art expert Xena Kanene, yahoo-boy (meaning email scammer) Hector Mawusi snd logistics genius Lindiwe Radebe.”
BBC Studios Drama Productions will be partnering up with Abudu through her production house EbonyLife Media to bring Reclaim to television sets everywhere.
“Reclaim’s breathtaking action-adventure is underpinned by thoughtful and timely themes and declares our shared intention to create stories which have both local and international resonance,” said Head of Drama at BBC Studios Priscilla Parish.
Abudu, in a press release, waxed enthusiastic about the new television partnership that will bring the series to glorious life: “Reclaim is our first big-budget, global series, set partly in the U.K. It is a dream come true for two reasons – first, it is a partnership with BBC Studios; second, the project will debut under EbonyLife Productions U.K. We set up EbonyLife in London because our global strategy includes expansion to the U.K. and the United States. As Nigerians and Africans, we should see ourselves as world citizens and our storytelling, locations and networks should extend to every corner of the globe.”
Reclaim will be written by BAFTA celebrated scribe Rowan Athale of The Rise fame and is based off of an original premise by Abudu, Heidi Uys and Bode Asiyanbi. No word on when production may start but (you know the drill, Dear and Constant Reader) we’ll keep everyone updated as soon as there is new information to report on this intriguing-sounding series!