Murtala Sule

Murtala Sule: Film maker and  presenter of NTA 7 popular Sunday television programme, Lagbo Video. Murtala left secondary school in 1973 and joined LatdaFilms to learn film making. Murtala Sule went to University of Nigeria Nsukka from where he passed out with a Mass Communication degree, had worked with the Information Ministry for five years before leaving the known for unknown.

From 1985, Murtala wrote stories, serial scripts and the storyline of what became Insight (Oju’nu), a home video that is showed in the theatre in 1995. He with Andy Amenechi and Taiwo Ogundipe created SPACS – Special Protection Against Crime Squad – in 1985. The following year, he wrote (and published by Longmann) a novel Shadows of Hunger. 1992 saw him writing for Richard Mofe-Damijo and Mahmood Alli-Baiogun on their soap Glimpses. These have been behind the scene jobs but what actually brought him to limelight was Lagbo Video, begun last year in conjunction with Mahmood Alli-Balogun, because as he put it, he wanted to do something worthwhile after all the disappointments he’s had. The programme is crusading against the use of less qualify camera, cheap storyline and wishy-washy jobs into the market, a reason that accounted for the use of a U-Matic Camera Oju ‘nu while the storyline is based on an incident he knew happened to a lady many years ago. From the incident, the inspiration to do something came and according to the man who loves Graham Green, “A story or plot will always choose a good writer”[i].

[i] FAME June 27, 1995

Tope Apoola
Profession: Writer