The humorous TV drama series, Professor Johnbull, sponsored by Globacom, begins a new season this weekend with a note of caution to commercial tricycle riders, popularly known as Keke riders, to desist from dangerous lifestyle and to be orderly and law abiding as they earn their living through the venture.
The giant telecommunications outfit also raises the bar of the weekly show as it commences airing of the sitcom on a grand scale on pay cable TV, with DSTV airing the show on Sunday, April 8, on its Africa Magic Family channel and also on GOTV Channel 2 at 6.00 p.m. A repeat broadcast will be aired on Thursday at 9.30p.m. on both stations.
Anambra Broadcasting Service, ABS, will broadcast the show on Wednesday at 8.30p.m.with a repeat broadcast on Saturday also at 8.30p.m.The company also retains its traditional channels of airing the programme on the terrestrial channel of NTA Network, NTA International on DSTV Channel 251 and NTA on StarTimes on Tuesday at 8.30 pm., with a repeat broadcast on Friday at the same time and on the same channels.
The first episode of the new season is entitled, Anthony Keke. The episode chronicles the typical lifestyle of a Keke rider, who begins his day with many tots of alcohol and other stimulants on the erroneous belief that such substances will enhance his performance on the job.
In the episode too, viewers will be entertained as Professor Johnbull’s gatekeeper, Abadnego (Martins Nebo) summons courage to make love advances at the scholar’s daughter, Elizabeth (Queen Nwokoye), while Olaniyi (Yomi Fash-Lanso) plans to employ Nje (Angela Okorie), just as Anthony the Keke rider, already tipsy from bouts of alcohol, takes off with a passenger’s luggage without the passenger and at the agreed destination, hallucinates on seeing a ghost.
Professor Johnbull, acted by Nollywood legend, Kanayo O. Kanayo (KOK), counsels Keke riders on the need to obey traffic rules, ride with the consciousness that they have loved ones back at home, and that hustling for a living should not be life-threatening.
Anthony Keke also depicts the idiosyncrasies of an average Keke rider to include disobedience of traffic rules with impunity; riding without licence; quarrelling with passengers and other commuters and being unnecessarily abusive and unruly.