Nneka the Pretty Serpent (1994 film)

Nneka the Pretty Serpent is a two-part 1994 Nigerian horror drama film directed and written by Zeb Ejiro and produced by Okechukwu Ogunjiofor. It is regarded as the Nollywood movie that started the trend of storylines involving demon-possessed subjects who are cleansed by pastors.[1][2]

Nneka the Pretty Serpent
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Directed byZeb Ejiro
Written byZeb Ejiro
StarringNdidi Obi
Eucharia Anunobi
Rita Nzelu
Sam Loco
Klink Studios
Videosonic Studios
Release date
  • 1994 (1994)
Running time
120 minutes


Nneka the Pretty Serpent follows the story of a woman who desperately wants to conceive a child of her own. In order to conceive, she meets the river goddess (also referred to as Mami Wata) for help. She promises to dedicate the child to the river goddess for her help. The woman in turn conceives and delivers a female child named Nneka. Nneka possesses supernatural powers which she uses to perpetuate evil; her aim is to seduce prominent married men in order to take their money and souls. Her evil deeds result in the ruination of Tony and the extermination of Chima Ogbonna's household.[citation needed]. Nneka was possessed by the queen mother spirit to kill six people that took her powers in the drama (NNEKA THE PRETTY SERPENT). Each and everyone of them had a weakness, the first person weakness was that he was addicted to woman, the second person who is Fatima by name was addicted to perfume


Production and releaseEdit

The film was shot in Igbo with English subtitles.[2] It was set in Lagos.[3]


The film achieved commercial success despite being shot in Igbo Language and subtitled in English Language.[2][4] Movies such as Karishika, Sakobi, Izaga, Highway to the Grave and Witches were said to have been influenced by Nneka the Pretty Serpent.[1][5]


The remake of Nneka the Pretty Serpent was announced in January 2020 by Charles Okpaleke of Play Network Studios. It was released in cinemas in December 2020 and distributed by Genesis Cinemas and Nairabox.[6] Ndidi Obi was also featured in the remake.[7]


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  3. ^ Nwachukwu-Agbada, J.O.J. (1997-04-26). "Women in Igbo-Language Videos: The Virtuous and the Villainous". Matatu. 19 (1): 67–80. doi:10.1163/18757421-90000256. ISSN 0932-9714.
  4. ^ "Nneka, the Pretty Serpent,". Vanguard News. 2014-09-26. Retrieved 2021-08-15.
  5. ^ "Why Nollywood Classics Still Retain an Influence on the Nigerian Film Industry". The Wire. Retrieved 2021-08-19.
  6. ^ Udodiong, Inemesit (2020-01-31). "'Nneka The Pretty Serpent': This 1992 Nollywood classic is getting remade - here is what we know so far". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 2021-06-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Ojo, James (2020-11-30). "Bovi: How I begged for role in 'Nneka the Pretty Serpent' remake". TheCable Lifestyle. Retrieved 2021-06-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)