Mo Abudu Leads Crew For Epic Film Elesin Oba Premiere At TIFF 2022 – Saturday Magazine – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

EbonyLife Films CEO Mo Abudu is set to be on his way to Toronto, Canada to lead the encore when the epic co-produced by EbonyLife Films and Netflix premieres their latest epic Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman, at the Special Section Category. of the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10.

However, during the premiere of the film, the writer and director of the film, Biyi Bandele, will not be present. Biyi is believed to have died in Lagos last month. His daughter Temi announced the filmmaker’s sudden death on the filmmaker’s Facebook page.

But Elesin Oba which he led is based on real events in Nigeria in 1943. It is inspired by real events in the Oyo Empire in the 1940s.

In Elesin Oba, the king’s chief horseman succumbs to the lure of beauty and sexual desire on the very evening he is about to die in order to fulfill his debt of ritual suicide to accompany the dead Alaafin to the realm of ancestors.

It is derailing a very important generational and spiritual transaction. This sets off a series of catastrophic consequences, in a spellbinding film of emotion, humor and tragic role reversals that tests old beliefs and customs in an increasingly post-modern and Western world.

The original Death and the King’s Horseman was a play written by Professor Wole Soyinka, who won Africa’s first Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986.

The EbonyLife Group CEO and Executive Producer of the film, said: “In filming Elesin Oba, we chose to stay close to the original work, which is already well known around the world as a prime example of African drama.

It is an honor to see this fascinating introduction to African thought and tradition on screen. It is the intertwining of European and Yoruba ideals to portray universal themes of cultural responsibility has never been more important than now.

The film stars Odunlade Adekola, Shaffy Bello and Deyemi Okanlanwon. Also featured are Jenny Stead, Mark Elderkin, Langley Kirkwood and a special appearance from acting legend Taiwo Ajai-Lycett and Ajoke Silva.

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