I actually didn’t plan to put up a post related to the Flashback Series i started online last Sunday, however the contents i found were just too good to sit on. Truth be told, you shouldn’t live in the past, however no one said anything about trying to catch a glimpse of those things that made the past fun, once in a while.
Back in the days the television series were great and the stations (even though few) had a lot to offer between 4pm, when NTA5 started operations, to 9pm when NTA News started. Adverts were also creative and they had amazing tunes thus we hardly got up or changed the channel immediately an advert came up.
Just like they used to start off the day back then with this test transmission before the National Anthem would start, permit me to start this edition of the series in the same manner 😆 Funny thing about this test transmission back then was that, if we were not outdoors playing the likes of ‘President & O.J.O’ we would sit down watching these colored lines till the program lineup started.
I have never been a fan of mascots and really didn’t find these fellas amusing back then, but its one of the highlights of that NTA era for they loved using clips of this show to plug free spaces they had. The ChuckleHounds was a BBC Childrens TV Series and it gave The Chuckle Brothers their big break on the BBC. The show started in 1985 and ran for Two Series up until 1986 when it ended and made way for ChuckleVision which never got to Nigeria. The show had some very popular episodes like the one inserted below.
Coca-Cola “Tomorrow’s People” Advertisement (1987)
This Coca-cola advert which features young kids from different parts of the World singing about World Peace, was put out sometime in 1987, *clear throats*. That seems like a very long time right and no one might probably remember this, WRONG!! Tons of people out there would still remember the tune and/or lyrics of this song as it is a classic. Coca-cola really nailed it with this advert and for those that never got to see this advert before, take time and press play while checking out the lyrics iv made available below.
I am the future of the world
I am the hope of my nation
I am tomorrows people
I am the new inspiration
And we’ve got a song to sing to you
We’ve got a message to bring to you
Please let there be, for you and for me, a tomorrow (tomorrow)
If we all can agree there’ll be sweet harmony tomorrow (tomorrow)
And we all will be there, Coca-Cola to share
Feeling so real and so true
Promise us tomorrow
And we’ll build a better world for you
Now this is one series i still remember the soundtrack and Hammer’s catchphrase “Trust me i know what im doing”. Sledge Hammer is based on an American satirical police sitcom produced by New World Television that originally ran for two seasons, 1986 to 1988 and aired in Nigeria sometime in the early/mid 90’s on NTA, . The series was created by Alan Spencer and stars David Rasche as Inspector Sledge Hammer, a preposterous caricature of the standard “cop on the edge” character, whose name is said to have come from fictional detective Mike Hammer and whose story was inspired by Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry movies.
Check out the opening of Sledge Hammer which has been inserted below
This sitcom was one of TV’s favorites back in the days and it brought up a couple of names such as Chief Zebrudaya Okoroigwe Nwogbo alias 4:30, his French-speaking wife-Ovuleria, Prince Jegede Shokoya and a whole lot more. Even with the black and white TV sets, this still looked cool and when it was seen on colored TV it looked even better. The series eventually got a makeover which was titled The New Masquerade by James Iroha and while this post is supposed to bring back joyful memories, lots of sad News come up as well. Chief Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe who played Apena, the wife of Chief Jegede in the original version of the play is now late and Claude Eke who played Chief Jegede also passed away sometime in 2003 while James Iroha the creator of the sitcom who also played Giringori reportedly went blind sometime around August this year.
The characters in this sitcom certainly touched the lives of many and one thing is for sure, they wont be forgotten that easily for they brought laughter into our homes.
Though it might be too much to ask at this point that some adverts be re-used in this present time for they make more sense than the ones currently in use, i cant help but wish it actually happens. With regards to some old Nigerian series like Tales by Moonlight and Storyland coming up again or you being able to add them to your collection, i don’t think we should hold our breath on that as iv read in more than one place that those tapes were all lost. You can check out All Folktales for more on that.
Join us next week for another installment in the this Flashback Series and In the meantime, you can go here to see the first part of the series.