The director Editi Effiong worked closely with the late Pat Nebo on production design, across multiple sites, to bring his vision to life.
Effiong highlighted Nebo’s significant contribution, stating that everything non-human in the film is a result of the production design, with 38 sets built from scratch.
The filming of the film, which Effiong described as “the most logistically advanced adventure ever undertaken in the Nigerian film industry”, took four months, followed by about a year and a half in post-production.
Released on September 22, 2023“The black book” has proven itself as one of the most watched films in the world and the biggest Nigerian film on the streaming platform.
The plot of the film centers on Paul Edimaa man seeking justice after corrupt police officers killed his only son.
In his quest for revenge, he delves into his own dark past, closely linked to the history of drug trafficking in Nigeria.
The cast of the film includes Richard Mofe-Damijo, Ade Laoye, Sam Dede, Alex Usifo Omiagbo, Shaffy Bello, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Denola Gray and Boki Ofodile.
One of the biggest challenges we faced as a production team was recreating its distinctive architecture, fashion and culture. We wanted to be as authentic and accurate as possible, so we decided to create our own sets from scratch.
“We cannot talk about the Black Book without talking about Pat Nebo. Everything you see in the film that isn’t human is production design. We built 38 sets throughout the film, and every one of them is beautiful. He built everything from scratch.
We built 38 sets in total. We used local materials and craftsmen and consulted historians and experts to ensure every detail was correct. We also hired hundreds of extras and dressed them in period costumes.
The result was a stunning visual representation of a turbulent and tragic period in Nigeria’s history, which we hope will resonate with audiences around the world. The Black Book is more than just a film; it is a tribute to the resilience and courage of people who experienced war and a reminder of the importance of peace and reconciliation.