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“Married to the Game” starring Alex Ekubo, Leonora Okine & Toni Tones to Debut on Ebonylife TV in March – Watch the Trailer



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Africa’s getting its own version of Grey’s Anatomy…well kinda.

Mo Abudu‘s Ebony Life TV network will debut its new series – Married to the Game this March.

The series which will premiere on Saturday 1st March 2014, is a suspense filled cutting edge drama.

It features rising Nollywood actor Alex Ekubo, Malaika of Shuga Leonora Okine, musician/celebrity photographer Toni Tones as well as Dada Omowunmi, Paul Adams, Daniel Lloyd, Lamide Pareto and Harry Dorgu.

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MTTG was created and directed by Walter “Waltbanger” Taylaur, whose short film “The Wages” is nominated for the Best Short Film at the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.

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In love and giddy with excitement, newlyweds Vincent and Gloria Coker are headed toward a blissful future together. Gloria (Leonora Okine) marries Dr. Vincent (Alexx Ekubo) in a bid to appease her father, who is unhappy because of her total lack of interest in becoming a doctor and inheriting his hospital. The tale, however, takes a new twist when the couple runs over a stranger after their wedding reception.

In the stranger’s possession is a laptop bag containing more than just a laptop. The discovery of this sets the newlyweds on a journey of deception, greed and murder, as they battle with forces determined to tear them apart and destroy the future they once held dear. All is not as rosy as it seems in the Coker household, as dark secrets begin to emerge pointing to the grave realization that they may have both said “I do”  to a complete stranger.

View the trailer


  1. mimi

    February 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Wow,cnt wait to see it

  2. Ohboy

    February 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    A disjointed trailer if you ask me. I think we need to invest in better scripts and actors in this country. Nollywood had broken my heart persistently for more than a decade now.

    • MTTGist

      February 3, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks for the comment. Yeah. We’ll have to agree with you on the disjointed trailer. It’s a series not a nollywood movie so there was so much to choose from. We tried to give you enough of the series without giving away too many of the our twist/plot lines – We sacrificed the one we could.

    • MTTGist

      March 1, 2014 at 10:33 am

      The wait is finally over! The show we’ve been chatting about finally premieres TODAY (March 1, 19:00 WAT, DSTV 165) Married To The Game.

  3. John

    February 3, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Reading script on camera is the caption…

  4. Emy

    February 3, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I already watched the movie from the trailer…they got married abi? on their way to the hotel they knocked a man down, ehen? They decided to conceal it, what next? some one had evidence! Nigeria Home Video!

    • Busarni

      February 3, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      @Emy; you are wicked ooh. Lmao, gbam.

    • Sunshine

      February 3, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Thanx for saving me my money. No need then to bother…lol

    • MTTGist

      February 3, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      lol. Emy, what you describe all happens in the first 10mins of our 24mins x 13 part series. Hope you’ll tune in to the first episode at least and let us convince you otherwise.

  5. Ady

    February 3, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Nigerian or African version of greys anatomy indeed. wouldn’t even bother. not a good cast

  6. jcsgrl

    February 3, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    How is this a version of grey’s anatomy?

  7. nene

    February 3, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    so far most of the short films and movies i’ve seen on ebony life are quite boring and production seems very amateur. maybe ebony life is trying to help upcoming actors and filmmakers, but the films are like child’s play. do better please. and i’m not a fa of this cast lineup.

    • MTTGist

      February 3, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      It’s a co-production so expect something a little bit different from what you’ve been used to.

  8. nene

    February 3, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    lol “as far back as i remember, i always wanted to be a doctor..” lol, good job copying a line from Goodfellas…NOLLYWOOD!

    • MTTGist

      February 3, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      Glad you picked up on our homage to Goodfellas. The reference was indeed intention. The voice over is also used as our opening gambit to kick off the TV series.

    • Hot sumtyn

      February 3, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      I don’t understand what’s so impressive about this line that it has to be copied.

  9. Turi

    February 3, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    LOL @Nigera’s version of Grey’s… BN oh!!! I appreciate Ebony Life for the risk they are taking, Heaven knows there needs to be another Tinsel like soap out there, but, we need quality and we need it badly. I will definitely look out for it, there’s hope yet.
    Watch out for reviews on

  10. ama

    February 3, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    looking at the actors and actress, nothing to be excited about. What else is new? mschewwwww.

  11. pineapple

    February 3, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    why dont we wait till its out, before slandering it already hisss

  12. Chigbo

    February 3, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Leonora Okine is really pretty

  13. Phatgirlzbwinning

    February 3, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    No originality in the title…it doesn’t even come up when u google it ! U do however find 2horts Cd titled “Married to the game” and a novel titled …well, you all know the title.

  14. Amh

    February 3, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Sounds good.will definitely watch

  15. EasyE

    February 3, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Can you all please let the series start before you start slandering it? Not like you are capable of doing anything better. Looks like something I wanna watch, let’s see what twist it brings.
    Picture and sound are definitely good.

  16. SaveNaija!

    February 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    @MTTGist, why do you feel the need to respond to these comments? Are u involved in the project, and if you are, I don’t think this is a forum for you to try to defend your project, because you know how we Nigerians are, we will find every fault before we even give it a chance, you can’t blame us, we’ve been jaded by mediocrity for too long, hence the reaction from our naija people. Everyone is a critic, and has an opinion on every subject. don’t take it personal, take it as a challenge to do better. Even as someone mentioned that you copied from “Goodfella”, so what! After all, imitation is the best form of flattery. Hollywood is the yardstick to measure how well you are doing, so keep trying to measure up to and even, I dear say, surpass Hollywood someday!

    • MTTGist

      February 4, 2014 at 12:56 am

      SaveNajia, point taken. Wasn’t trying to spoil the fun. Only trying to clear up any misconceptions and maybe provide some insiders gist about the series if needed. We’re very proud of it and also very open to criticism. Even Hollywood makes mistakes Matrix has 157 mistakes on record, Goodfellas itself has 51 eg As the wiseguys in prison are about to have dinner, there are two loaves of bread on the table. The following shot one of the loaves disappears. So who are we with our modest crews and budgets to think ours will be 100% flawless. It’s a great show, I’m positive the first episode alone will be enough to convince you.

  17. Africhic

    February 3, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    I plan to watch, i need something to replace my Tinsel addiction, as its become lame these days

  18. Leye

    February 4, 2014 at 12:41 am

    DO we have our own original script? Why do we need an “african version” of something else

  19. FilmFan

    February 4, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Oh nice trailer for a series! I’m looking forward to seeing this. It looks like it will be better than all the boring stuff on Ebony life. I don’t think this is ‘Nolywood’. This is TV. Do people even know the difference?
    Anyway, sha. I’m waiting patiently.

  20. gattuso

    February 4, 2014 at 8:38 am

    For me I can’t wait for this series to start airing,this is gonna be so interesting.

  21. ILoveGenevieve

    February 4, 2014 at 9:36 am

    The trailer didn’t work for me. However, I might watch two episodes to give it a try.

  22. olufunmi

    February 4, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Love! Love! Love the trailer….I am definitely waitin 4d 1st episode

  23. pamela

    February 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

    For me i think we should think outside the box in our movies nevertheless i will watch it to see if its worth watching.

  24. yele

    March 27, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Toni Tones is in it? I’ll be watching then, luv her

  25. juliet

    July 27, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    where can i watch it

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