"Eleshin Oba" Debuts September 10th

Reel Sum Up...

Based on true events and  Professor Wole Soyinka's 1975 play, "Death & The King's Horseman", the Eleshin Oba (King's Horseman) goes against a long held ancient tradition of accompanying the Aalafin to his final destination (the afterlife)  via ritual suicide by refusing to go ahead with it, after succumbing to the lure of beauty and sexual desire. 

Produced by Ebony Films and Netflix, and directed by late  Biyi Bandele, (who also wrote the screenplay), the upcoming film stars Odunlade Adekola as Elesin Oba, Shaffy Bello as Iyaloja, with veterans Jide Kosoko, Joke Silva, Taiwo Ajayi Lycett and Kevin Ushi. Also featured are Jenny Stead and Mark Elderkin as Jane and Simon Pilkings, Langley Kirkwood,  with musician Brymo ( Olawale Olofooro) making his acting debut. 

"Death and the King's Horseman" is the second of Professor Soyinka's plays to have a big  screen adaptation, the first being "The Lion and the Jewel" released as "Siji Ilujinle" in 2017,  directed by Tunde Kelani. 

The upcoming Yoruba historical drama will debut on the 10th of September, 2022 in Toronto, Canada. 


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