”PALAVER”-The first Film shot in Nigeria,Bauchi State by the British in 1926


The British film “Palaver: A Romance of Northern Nigeria” was the first film shot in Nigeria in 1926 and was released to the theaters on April 24, 1927.

It was filmed among the Sura and Ngas people of the Bauchi-Plateau in Northern Nigeria.

This film, where the rivalry between a British District Officer and a tin miner leads to war, was shot entirely in Northern Nigeria in a period of five months (March to August, 1926).

“Palaver” with a running time of 1 hour 18 minutes, was produced by Oscar-award winning Geoffrey Barkas and photographed by Stanley Rodwell through local assistance by the Nigerian government, who helped in providing transport and obtaining suitable pictures of native life.

here are some pictures from behind the scenes…