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EbonyLife TV’s New Political Drama Series ‘The Governor’ is Receiving Rave Reviews | Watch Episode 2 Tonight!



In case you missed it, the high octane political drama, ‘The Governor’, premiered last Thursday, 7th of July on EbonyLife TV.

The Governor Ebonylife TV Series (3)

The response and excitement on social media was phenomenal as praises and encomiums were showered on the show and its cast led by British-Nigerian actress, Caroline Chikezie who plays ‘Angela Ochello’. Thousands of impressions were created on Twitter triggering a wider conversation around politics and women’s participation in general.

In the first episode, The Governor of Savannah State is hospitalised and in a coma after an accident. Angela Ochello, his Deputy had to come to terms with the fact that the Chief of Staff, cabinet members and party leaders think she’s out of her depth on important government decisions. In the course of the episode, Angela is made an offer by the party leadership she doesn’t want to refuse.

This week, we will find out if Governor Akale wakes from his coma. If he doesn’t, will Angela resign? Or will the rest of the cabinet come to respect her?  We can’t wait to see what happens as the drama continues this Thurday, 14th of July on Ebonylife TV (Channel 165) at 9PM WAT.

See some of the reviews below.

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  1. oby

    July 14, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Yeah i cant wait! #TheGovernor

  2. Taylor Harris

    July 14, 2016 at 10:41 am

    I’m impressed! I watched it last week and have made plans to definitely watch today’s episode

  3. Atika

    July 14, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Hmm!!! I know I have no work but I will have to check this RAVE REVIEWS on their social media handle oh. Shaa make we dey watch this show dey go.

  4. Truthservedhot

    July 14, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Unfortunately won’t be able to watch, I have Jikulumessu by that time. Any idea when they do their omnibus or reruns?

  5. TruthisBitter

    July 14, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I hope i can speak freely. This is one of the worst shows i’ve ever watched. The attention to detail is very poor and i watched it with a bunch of friends and family and it was the most boring show i have ever watched on TV. All hype and no content just like that AYs 30 days in Atlanta.

    For starters the accent in the series is so so unafrican.

    When the governors wife came to see him in the hospital, her reaction was so fake speaking queens english and attempting to shed tears and she was all dressed with make up and everything

    The governor had an accident and the deputy governor and her friends were all jovial on her being the next governor. i believe her husband was jovial too.

    The security detail attached to the Governor and the deputy governor during the series is so poor. Since the fictional state is at least located somewhere in africa, we expect the governor and his deputy to have a huge security detail. Their security detail is like that of a local government chairman.

    All in all, i think african movies and series lack their own identity and try to make movies/series that are too western within the african context. Most Nigerian Films/Series are poor in terms of originiality, identity,plot and execution and this series, the governor is the poster child of the poor of the poorest.

    This series is so poor like the Fifty Movie too which was so poor and was more like an advertisement of the ikoyi link bridge since they showed it like 1000 times in the movie. However when you talk in Naija, They call you a bad belle or hater thus its much easier to smile and Kiss “””

    • Thatgidigirl

      July 14, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      My eyelids couldn’t hold up through the first episode. Boring doesn’t even begin to describe it!!!! If you have trouble falling asleep this is definitely the show to watch, it’s a sound sedative, would knock you out faster than Lexotan. Seeing there are so many political series on tv right now, I expected ebony life TV to BRING IT!!! But alas……disappointment. I would just stick with Hush.

    • George aka from cameroon

      July 14, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Hush!! Is soo original and I love it. Ok, I have noticed one ting with ebony tv productions ‘ they are soo trying to immitate Tinsel but they are forgetting one thing, tinsel got content and brought also originality. Don’t just put up characters with fake accents and glittering images and think ppl are going to watch. they are so focused on showing just poshe ideas. It’s great but should be done with content dats why I was able to watch nigerias tinsel over this period . And mind u they also brought distinctive characters to show us other lifestyles in Nigeria like soji, eneh and chucks, bimbe etc. EBONY TV NEEDS WRITERS AND FAST

    • Amaka

      August 24, 2016 at 10:02 am

      I thought I was the only one that thought 50 was rubbish! Most people were awed by the clothes, the lighting and all the paparazzi around it!

    • Tutu

      July 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Looooool @ Ikoyi link bridge. I thought so too.

    • DAME

      July 14, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      Thank you my deaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar. They leave out major details and focus on makeup,clothes and phonetics.
      Even if the deputy governor is secretly happy on being the next Gov, it should not be an open secret where all and sundry would be rejoicing…patapata…she and her husband at night behind closed doors

      but oh well anything Mo Abudu or anyone with the right social connection is considered a sucess

    • Damilola

      July 15, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Oh no!!! Here am I excited about a show involving politics not the typical marriage and love Nigeria’s storyline. I haven’t watched any of the episodes.
      Can someone please let me know how I can watch it here in the U.S?
      BN, can you please post it like “skinny girl in Transit”(a well produced, and acted show btw) or it’s too much to ask for. What do you think can be improved? The storyline or the actor’s delivery?

  6. Love

    July 14, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    It is not on irokotv yet. Bn will dey post it on irokotv for diaspora fans?

  7. Nneka Margerie-Smith

    July 14, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I was initially lukewarm about the Episode 1…I felt it started weird, and slow…but then I remembered, it’s a series! We have 12 more episodes to go. Why don’t we watch up to EP4 before we condemn the series and Nigerian films/series in general. Constructive criticism is what is needed, not the insult we tend to spew on the blogs…anyways, I liked where the story seems to be heading, and it’s a reflection of our political and traditional system, where men try to sideline women and stifle their progress…RIDE ON ANGELA! DO IT FOR ALL OF US! KUDOS ELTV!

    • Don't patronise

      July 14, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      I read some criticism and as I can remember Hush and tinsel are both Nigerian as mentioned by some peeps. The prob here is ebony productions and their lack of content and creativity

  8. Femi

    July 14, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I completely disagree, you call Tinsel good? haba Amaka cannot act to save her life maybe a few try but Tinsel is slow I have lost so much interest and I don’t even watch Tinsel anymore because they want to make it a the Nigerian bold and beautiful, All my children etc Well I don’t know so much about Hush but the cast seem good.

  9. KeepYourBitterTruth

    July 14, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    People are talking about content and creativity and I wonder if they know the meaning of those words…This is content, and yes there is also a level of creativity. How many shows will be bold enough to cast a woman as a deputy governor who will probably become the governor (can’t say for sure till I watch the other episodes). I think we should lean back a bit and watch more episodes. Some talk about ‘fake accents’ , I bet if the actors had thick Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa accents, the discuss will be about how Ebony is portraying our people as ‘illiterates’ who don’t have a grasp of the English language. I have come to accept that there’s no pleasing we Nigerians though….anyways before they say my mouth is smelling, let me carry my load and waka…one last thing though…I enjoyed the pilot and I look forward to episode 2 tonight sha *drops mike*

  10. Blacklivesmatter

    July 14, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Nigerians like to compare things though Tinsel is not good, Hush is good, The Governor is lukewarm. Sigh maybe I should say something that’s totally unrelated to drive a conversation #BlacklivesMatter lol

  11. Ajeyinka bamidele

    July 14, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    The accident of the Governor reflects the reckless driving of the political office holdera in Nigeria. This is a fundamental issue that calls for reflection. Well done, ELTV

  12. guy man

    July 14, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    As we move from one age to another the perception of writers change. So, we are ready for a new era in TV content. Thanks EbonyLife TV

  13. Simi

    July 14, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Will check this out.

    But I must say the real question is…………can Friday come soon enough so I can watch SGIT.

  14. Phummie

    July 14, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Contrived kini? Abeg sit down joo! It’s up to the parent to monitor what their child watches both online & TV. Thank God for parental guidance on TV now. This is for the young adult maybe 20+ not kids so our Hollywood/Nollywood/Gollywood movies nko. No offence but this so called ‘kids’ later become bad because they are caged from seeing what is out there and they become ….. before I am called an Accelerate TV family member let me carry my own and go. All in all sha this show better step up.

  15. teega

    July 14, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    If I start to talk… Ok let me wait for today’s episode and I will be back to judge tirelessly. SGIT come on @Simi you got no chill girl. Stick with the program we talking about the governor good or bad.

  16. Segun

    July 14, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Love the show…recorded it on PVR for a 2nd watch

  17. Segun

    July 14, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    recorded it on PVR for a 2nd watch

  18. Tinuade

    July 14, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Really enjoyed the drama unraveling,,,,nice one

  19. Dotun

    July 14, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Good acting by the cast…did anyone recognize Caroline from Channel 4’s As If?? Back in the day teen drama in the UK.

    Anyway, enjoyed episode 1, will try and catch episode 2

  20. Mimi

    July 14, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    The show is on now. Have to watch it. #ByeHaters

  21. Nowyouseeme

    July 14, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    To be honest all we need is patience. The show isn’t bad as its been portrayed here in the comments now, Gosh my advice to those who haven’t watched it. Watch it yourself, if you like it hallelujah, if you don’t boohoo, if its not your cup of tea on to the next..

  22. eyesrolling

    July 15, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Aristotle once said. To avoid Criticism, Do Nothing, Say Nothing and be Nothing.

    Do you have any idea how much it cost to put a show like this together?? Give them the money and see if they won’t hire better writers or costume people or accent coaches. Focking Keyboard warriors that live off post silly non constructive critisim about projects they have no idea the sweat and blood and profit forfeiting that went into it. If you think you can do better, make your own TV show and let’s see how you do Mtchewww. S.R.

    • Joke

      August 1, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      Thank you oh. Nigerians are the toughest customers. They have no idea what goes into doing many things, yet they will be the first to criticize. It wouldn’t be so bad if they pay well, but they can’t do that either. Try collecting money for anything from Nigerians, you will need a crane to pry their fingers open..SMH

  23. eyesrolling

    July 15, 2016 at 7:04 am


  24. Sidophobia

    July 15, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Thank God that i was able to watched the show last night. and it was not as bad as people has criticizing it. but to my surprise i really enjoyed it from start to finish.

  25. Jon Snow

    July 15, 2016 at 9:15 am

    If one was to base life-changing decisions on comments posted on blogs (negative & positive), one will never move forward. I did not watch episode 1, but I watched episode 2 yesterday and I must say I was pretty impressed. Impressed by the acting, yea some seemed a little over the top but what series has perfect actors? The picture quality was crisp, and sharp and it’s obvious a lot of technical know-how went into the production. Who would not mind their relative being Governor, despite the unfortunate circumstances that might trigger it? You think Patience wasn’t happy when she realized she was likely going to be First lady…it’s human nature…all in all sha, I liked what i watched and I hope we can get to watch it online soon as not every time TV set.

  26. Jon Snow

    July 15, 2016 at 9:26 am

    If one was to base life-changing decisions on comments posted on blogs (negative & positive), one will never move forward. I did not watch episode 1, but I watched episode 2 yesterday and I must say I was pretty impressed. Impressed by the acting, yea some seemed a little over the top but what series has perfect actors? The picture quality was crisp, and sharp and it’s obvious a lot of technical know-how went into the production. Who would not mind their relative being Governor, despite the unfortunate circumstances that might trigger it? You think Patience wasn’t happy when she realized she was likely going to be First lady…it’s human nature…all in all sha, I liked what i watched and I hope we can get to watch it online soon as not everytime TV set.

    • Ned Stark

      July 15, 2016 at 10:03 am

      I agree with you bruv! It’s like you took the words right out of my mouth #nohomo. I don’t even think the acting was over the top. everyone acted in the way they interpreted their role. Anyways big ups to the show and its cast….

      PS: I am your father Jon Snow…looooool

  27. Olaoluwa Ewekeye

    July 15, 2016 at 9:44 am

    This series is really to encourage women. Thank you Ebonylife TV for liberating many women from the fear of getting to the peak. #ShewillbecometheGovernor

  28. Awa Omo Wobe

    July 15, 2016 at 9:58 am

    This is another good work put together from the stable of Ebony Life TV.i watch it and was not Disappointed at all.

  29. Katniss

    July 17, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Saw the preview and made a mental note to check it out. It seems like a good storyline and the picture quality is crisp, just the way I like it. I had a few issues with the acting skills of the first lady and how fake it looked. Plus she showed up the next day after the accident (even if she was out of town, it should have been mentioned somehow). Then the nursing of someone who had a ?head injury had so many questions marks for a viewer who knows a thing or two about medicine. Our movie directors should get professional help when acting health-related scenes as it could put off someone who knows it’s done differently. Will definitely keep watching tho. I always root for the underdog plus I love Mo #girlpower

  30. Ada Innocent

    October 22, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    This show lacks proper marketing. How can we, living in abroad have access to this show? Put some episodes on youtube. Please

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