PRODUCER: MR. JOHN IDUNG
DAY/TIME: WEDNESDAY, 8:30 – 9:00PM
Asuama is a thirty minutes vernacular drama programme in the AKBC Television service. Village setting is used so as to get to the grassroot.
It has a Councilor as the key character. His house help, Ikpaha Eduok is very popular because of his funny attributes. The Councillor in some cases serves as the Paramount Rule, Local Government Chairman, Commissioner, A Governor or President as the case may be. He settles all cases justly with an objective to set example for other leaders to follow.
He can equally be seen as a Protagonist while other actors in the programme play the part of ordinary citizens in the Society or Antagonist.
The main objective of the Programme is to inform, educate and enlighten as well as point out the Societal ills and tries to offer solutions to them.
The drama programme called “Asuama” today was founded by Mr. John Idung in the year 1985 and was adopted into the programme schedule of the then Cross River Radio Sub-Station, Abak in the year 1987 with the title, “Afe Mbono”.
Its popularity attracted the interest of the then Director of Programmes, AKBC Channel 45, Dr. Ini Ebong who met with Mr. John Idung to see how the programme could be Telecasted. In 1989 the programme was beamed in the AKBC Channel 45 with another name, “Asuama” while “Afe Mbono” remained in the Radio.
In less than a year, the programme became a household name in and outside Akwa Ibom State. Consequently, in the year 1991 Asuama became the first programme in AKBC to win sponsorship from Mobil Producing(Nigeria) Unlimited. After the expiration of the sponsorship in 1998, Legislators Wives Association(LEWA) took it up in 1999 and lastly by ASSUR Electronics.
The first producer of Asuama was Mr. Davis Ekosi Out, now in USA followed by Mr. Oliver Udoukpo who’s been assign another responsibility. Mr. John Idung took over from Mr. James Edet in 1998 as the Producer and Director till date during which is has won six awards as well as making AKBC a film producer of “Se Ato Ke Alulok”.
The Play is made up of characters such as:
- Councillor (John Idung)
- Ikpaha Eduok (Friday Idiok)
- Ekod Utele (Eme Umoessien)
- Aliaha Nkoriko (Ima Ezekiel)
- Ma Ekpo (Nene Umoh)
- Uto Akpene Ugwom (Okon Nnah)
- Mbang Inang (Augustin Udo)
- Ebelukam (Augustine Ekanem)
- Ma Ebelukam (Akan Jacob)
- Eka Ajioro (Christiana Umoh)
- Ajioro (Sunday Asukwo)
- Ujiai (Nkenenyiene)
- Mfon (Mercy Ukanga)
- Eka Ekpo (Helina Sabath)
- Eka Mfon (Emem Ebong)