Nollywood showed up and showed at the premiere of ‘The King’s Horseman’ – the film adaptation of the Wole Soyinka play directed by the late Biyi Bandele at the Toronto International Film Festival recently.
I must say it is a befitting authentically, African selection at an other wise lily-white, Western event. What I mean is that it is good to see representation from Africa – a film on African (Yoruba culture) by Africans (Nigerians) and especially from Nollywood what has for so long been an underdog in the film world. To me this film announces, ‘we are here.. and we aren’t going anywhere. I am especially glad to see Odunlade Adekola receiving his flowers. The late Bandele insisted on shooting the film in Yoruba language and according to an article in Screendaily film;
In the title role, Odunlade Adekola is glorious. Pompous, inflated and floating on the chorus of love from his ‘praise singers’, he revels in his crucial role in the future of the kingdom.
As a veteran actor in the Yoruba film industry it is great to see him get his props internationally.
In the words of actress Omowunmi Dada who summed it up so aptly
The film has received rave reviews so far and we all look forward to it being released as a Netflix as an African Original soon