Screenplay from Chimezie Ihekuna

Chimezie Ihekuna (Mr. Ben) Young Black man in a collared shirt and jeans resting his head on his hand. He's standing outside a building under an overhang.
Chimezie Ihekuna

Title: One Man’s Deep Words
Adapted from a book by Chimezie Ihekuna (Mr. Ben)
Screenwriter: Robert Sacchi

Genre: Drama

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Mr. Griffins, six feet tall, handsome but frowning, always in a suit, middle-aged Euro-American Philosophy lecturer at the University of Maryland, was good at what he loved doing most: lecturing all levels of philosophy students. He was so knowledgeable in the subject that most students saw him as the best of all philosophy lecturers at the Department of Philosophy. However, ‘Professor’, as he was popularly called, was plagued with a challenge. He was tired of following the “by the books” tradition. Professor looked forward to a time when Philosophy would pay back the dues he had paid to it – to come up with ideologies that would stand the test of time.

Charles and Kelvin were freshmen at the university studying Philosophy. From their first to their final years, they have been under the tutelage of Mr. Griffins but realized his displeasure despite his teaching proficiency. This got his students unhappy with him. It soon got to the point that one of his students, Adam, during an hour-long lecture, amplified Griffin’s innate desire by asking: “Mr. Know It All, when will you come up with your own ideologies?!” This stirred a wind of change that affected his personality completely.

Inspired by Adam and Sandra, his wife of twenty years, and encouraged by his students and friends Charles and Kelvin, Mr. Griffins wrote the most thought-provoking, national and international bestselling, philosophy-based book the university has ever recorded in its history – One Man’s Deep Words. He was awarded the university award for “Most Outstanding Lecturer of all Time.” Along with being a highly regarded philosophy text, his book influenced other departments of the university in many ways.

After writing a thesis based on his bestseller, he was awarded a Doctorate Degree in Philosophy. Three years later, he retired and wrote full time. With his name poised over every nook and cranny of Maryland and different prizes to his credit, Dr. Griffins has now written four great works, which have been reviewed in the Washington Post, Seattle Times, New York Times, ABC, Fox and a host of other major media outlets. He has been interviewed on podcasts and radio programs and in magazines by most media outfits in the United States and some in Canada.

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