Living in Bondage: Breaking free.

Living in Bondage is a 1992/93 Nigerian two-part drama thriller film directed by Chris Obi Rapu, written by Kenneth Nnebue and Okechukwu Ogunjiofor, produced by Ogunjiofor, and sponsored by Jafac Wine. The film was shot straight-to-video, and starred Kenneth Okonkwo and Nnenna Nwabueze in their breakout roles.

Andy (Kenneth Okonkwo) and Merit Okeke (Nnenna Nwabueze) are a young couple facing several obstacles; redundancy, infidelity, the loss of their savings in a bogus investment, and Merit’s indecent proposals from lecherous men including her boss Ichie Million (Francis Agu). Andy constantly compares his lack of fortune to the success of his peers, especially best friend Paul (Okechukwu Ogunjiofor). Despite Merit’s support and patience, Andy is driven to near-depression, determined to obtain wealth by any means possible, and the slick-talking Paul reveals he’s in a secret satanic cult where members swear their loyalty to Lucifer and kill their loved ones in ritualized sacrifices, gaining enormous wealth in return. After much hesitation, Andy reluctantly agrees to sacrifice the person he loves the most, Merit. She dies in hospital days after the ritual, but not before she curses her husband’s betrayal.

Andy’s sudden affluence raises suspicion from Merit’s family who accuse him of murdering her for money, and faces new problems  the paparazzi’s interference in his life, his mistress Ego (Ngozi Nwosu) fleeing with his money after he collapses at their traditional wedding, and Merit’s ghost haunting and terrorizing him when he least expects. Andy would later enter a common-law union with Chinyere (Jennifer Okere), another gold digger introduced to him by Merit’s former friend Caro (Ngozi Nwaneto), but their relationship is short-lived. Chinyere meets her untimely death after Caro poisons her friend and attempts to escape abroad alone with the cash Chinyere steals from her husband, Caro is also killed by a hit-and-run driver on her way to the airport, and Paul is murdered by hit men after Andy holds him partially responsible for his involvement with the cult.

A now frustrated Andy asks the satanic cult for help, but when the Chief Priest (Daniel Oluigbo) insists he can only pacify his late wife’s spirit by blinding and castrating himself, he refuses and becomes mentally deranged, living as a vagrant under a Lagos flyover until Tina (Rita Nzelu) a former prostitute Andy previously presented to the cult as a decoy before his deceit was exposed  takes him to her church where he finally confesses to Merit’s murder.

In the film’s final scene Andy, now cured of his insanity, worships with the evangelical Christians who assure him his sins are forgiven

In 2015, veteran actor Ramsey Nouah secured the rights to Living in Bondage from Kenneth Nnebue for a possible remake to be filmed in Europe and America as well as Nigeria. The news was later confirmed on Instagram, but appeared to be in development hell for three years.

In 2018, Nouah announced his remake had become a sequel now titled Living in Bondage: Breaking free, and is set for release on November 8 2019. Nouah, who plays the new cult chief priest, makes his directorial debut, with original actors Okwonkwo, Udokwu, and Kanayo also making appearances. The story centres on Andy’s son Nnamdi, and his vaunting quest for wealth like his father before him.