In 2016, Princewill’s production company: Adonis Production in association with his charity, The Princewills Trust produced the groundbreaking blockbuster, ’76, a post-civil war drama handsomely shot on Super 16mm film. The film received international recognition for the unique portrayal of the 1976 coup in Nigeria which aimed at preserving a remarkable part of Nigeria’s history for the incoming generation. The Hollywood Reporter called it “a cut above most Nollywood movies”.
The film is set six years after the civil war when a young officer from the Middle Belt develops a romantic relationship and later marries a young student from the South-Eastern region. However, their relationship is strained by constant military postings. The soldier is ultimately accused of being involved in the 1976 unsuccessful military coup and assassination of General Murtala Mohammed. This captivating story is told from two points of view: the young wife and her soldier husband.
76 was shot in Ibadan, Oyo State and had its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival with a later screening at the London Film Festival, amongst several other festivals around the world.