For putting up a remarkable performance in the last five seasons on TV, Apreel Ventures Limited, the producers and creators of the soap opera, Spider, were honoured at two separate award events.
At the recently held The Audio Visual Awards (TAVA), the Ariyike Oladipo-led production company smiled home with two awards in keenly contested categories. Star-studded Spider won the most outstanding soap opera, while Dear Mother, another TV drama from the stable, won same award in the drama genre.
Meanwhile, Spider began the winning spree, a couple of weeks ago, at the Terracotta awards, where it dominated in five major categories. That night, it went home with the best director (Abay Esho) and best script writing team. Akin Lewis also won in the best actor category, while the duo of Chinyere Nwabueze and Felix Omuni dazzled in the best supporting male and female categories. Dear Mother, further raised the stakes same night by emerging the best scripting team, in the drama section, thus bringing their total haul to six that historic night.
Commenting on the awards and the recently released new episodes of Spider currently serenading viewers on TV, elated Mrs. Oladipo, promised they won’t rest on their oars. “I see all these awards as achievements for Apreel Ventures. It’s also a sign that we are doing something great and that Nigerians from all walks of life appreciate our job. We have new and reloaded 26 episodes of Spider currently showing on air and the response so far, has been overwhelming.
We are trying so hard every day to do great things with Spider and in doing all these; we keep improving with our production quality. We also know where we are going and will definitely get there very soon. The whole essence is to thrill, educate and help viewers to relax on a weekly basis and that we are doing very well”, she said.
Speaking on the challenges facing the big budget production that is syndicated on network stations nationwide, Oladipo disclosed that funding remains a major stumbling block. “Despite this major challenge I don’t see us quitting. For five seasons now, we have been trying so hard to sustain Spider on air at a very huge cost on Apreel Ventures. We are also grateful to our advertisers, viewers, supporters and the Nigerian public for assisting and watching us every week. We won’t let them down, but keep improving with the quality of our production for their maximum enjoyment,” she added.
The enthralling story of Spider is seen by many as a constant web of seduction, deception, rivalry, intrigue, betrayal, lust and revenge. Spider boasts an array of stars that comprise Akin Lewis, Felix Omuni, Femi Branch, Ronnie Dikko, Chinyere Nwabueze, Memuna Yahaya, Dare Fasasi and Thelma Okoduwa.