Biography

The Ejiro boys are three in number, namely, Peter Red, Zebulon and Chico Maziakpono. Interestingly, they are from Isoko in Delta State, the same town where the Amatas come from. Zeb Ejiro was the first in the family to embrace television and movies. His sojourn into television began in the early 80's as a lowly trainee at the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). Zeb moved up fast on the ladder, rising from a production hand to a producer and Director within a few years. It was at the NTA that he met the likes of Andy Amenechi and Chika Onu, both of whom later left the NTA to join Zeb to build the now viable English home video industry Zeb eventually came into national limelight with the NTA Network soap opera, Ripples. The soap ran for a record five years on television and produced the first batch of national TV stars outside the Village Headmaster cast. Some of the stars created by Zeb's Ripples include, Barbara Soky, Clarion Chukwura, Alex Osifo-Omiagbo (Talab Abass}, Keppy Ekpeyong, Fred Amata and a host of others, including current movie queen, Genevieve Nnaji, who was among the cast as a kid actress. Interestingly again, Zeb Ejiro, was not among the very first team who made the modern day home video industry. He did not also participate in Kenneth Nnebue's historic film, Living In Bondage in 1991. But by 1993, Zeb Ejiro's name as a pioneer in home video has overshadowed any other person. Zeb's first set of movies were in Igbo language,following the pace set by Living In Bondage.Among the movies was Nneka, The Pretty Serpent, Part 1 & 2, which was among the highest selling movies of all time. Others were Love Without Language and Fatal Desire which launched the career of Sony Macdon, Sandra Achums and Okey Bakassi, among others. Later, Zeb was also invited to become the Director of Fortunes, the Soap Opera which launched ageless screen diva; Liz Benson, Dolly Unachukwu. By the second half of the 1990s, Zeb Ejiro has become the undisputed number one name in home video, making stars like Hilda Dokubo, Ngosi Ezeonu, Kanayo 0. Kanayo, Ramsey Noah, St. Obi and a host of others. At about the same time also, Zeb flooded the movie industry with Delta State indigenes, especially from his hometown, lsoko. Zeb's immediate younger brother, Chico Meziakpono, who was away in the University reading Agro- economics, returned full-time to join his elder brother in his television and film business. While Chico was in school, he was a Production Assistant to Zeb and later became the Director of Ripples after Mathias Obaluagbon and Fred Amata .But Ripples did not make Chico's name the way it did Zeb's. Chico came into reckoning with his home video films. The very first ones, Without Love, Tears for Love, and Onome, became chart- bursters and Chico was made. Between 1997 and 1999, the two biggest names in movie directing were Zeb Ejiro and Chico Ejiro with Andy Amenechi and Chika Onu trailing them. Chico, like his brother, Zeb, also developed his own array of stars including, Emeka lke, Jim lyke, Basorge Tariah, Regina Askia and Eucharia Anunobi. In 1999, the eldest of the Ejiro boys, Peter Red, finally came into movie in a big way. He was the producer of the then most publicised film, Domitila, which was directed by his brother, Zeb. Before this time, Peter Red was an Accountant and only starred in his brother's movies on part- time basis. Since 1999, he has produced over five movies with the latest release into the market barely three months ago. Although, Zeb produced mainly Igbo stars, most of those who controlled the technical aspect were mainly his Isoko kinsmen, whom he groomed. Lucky Ewata became the best Editor in the business, while others like Tony Wyse, Sammie Okposio, Frank Vanghan, David Imbu Brown, Fred Amata, and Opa Williams, became the experts in continuity, sound track, production and directing respectively. Thus, a tight community known as the Isoko Mafia was born. With these people in place, the Ejiros unconsciously, became leaders and the ultimate decision makers of the English/Igbo home movie industry. It is generally believed that the rise of the Igbos who were largely marketers into areas like directing, production and sound track, was a kind of uprising against the "lsoko Mafia. " Even today, the war between the Idumota and Onitsha marketers against the Nigeria Film Market, is simply a contest between the Ejiro-led forces against the Igbos. But again, one interesting thing about the Ejiro brothers, is that they seem to marry only women with interest in home video. Two of the women are called Joy, while one is called Agnes. Zeb's wife, Joy, is the Vice President of Zeb Ejiro Productions and already her first daughter, Mimi, is riding the crest as an actress. Her brother is also giving a good account of himself as a budding actor. Agnes, the wife of Peter Red, is into the movie business just like her husband. Joy, Chico Ejiro's wife, is not only the Managing Director of Grand Touch Pictures, her husband's movie outfit, she is also among the first top 10 Costumierses in the industry.



Filmography

RATE MOVIE TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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Sakobi Producer 1999
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Ikuku Director 1997
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Domitilla Producer & Director 1996
120%
Silent Night Co Executive Producer 1996
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Nneka the pretty serpent Director 1992