“I had to stay in character for six months, I have never done anything like before in my entire career.” She said.

Rita Dominic won ‘Best Actress’ for the film ’76, at the just concluded African Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA), and that is just half of the story.

The screen star faced a new challenge in being part of this epic movie that took 7 years to make.

Staying on location and spending time with army wives helped her to understand and respect her character.

 '76' is a Nigerian historical fiction drama film produced by Adonaijah Owiriwa and Izu Ojukwu and directed by Izu Ojukwu.

 It stars Ramsey Nouah, Chidi Mokeme, Rita Dominic and Ibinabo Fiberesima.

Set 6 years after the civil war, a young officer from the Middle Belt gets into a romantic relationship with an O-level student from the South-eastern region. 

However, their relationship is strained by constant military postings. 

The soldier gets accused of participating in the unsuccessful military coup of 1976 and the assassination of General Murtala Mohammed.

This leaves his heavily pregnant wife entangled in an emotional dilemma.

The film went through a 7-month approval period at the Nigerian Military before filming started at a barracks in Ibadan, Oyo state.