Palava- The First Film Shot in Nigeria, 1926

A scene in the film
A scene from the film

Palava is the first film shot in Nigeria in the year 1926. The British film which was written and directed by Geoffrey Barkas was shot among the Sura, Angas, Mangu and Berom people of Plateau and Bauchi in Northern Nigeria and was released on April 25, 1927. The film tells the story of a jealous British tin miner (Mark Fernandez) in Nigeria who with alcohol arouse the natives against his rival, Captain Allison, a British District Officer. Jean Stuart, a nursing sister, also add the theme of love to the film by getting emotionally struck between the rebelling duo.

Another scene from the film Palava
Another scene from the film
Here are the characters in the film-

* Captain Peter Allison acted by Haddon Mason

* Mark Fernandez acted by Reginald Fox

* Hilda Cowley acted by Jean Stuart

* Dawiya acted by Yiberr

* Yikubba

You can watch the film here

Images belongs to the National Museum of Jos

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