EbonyLife’s ‘Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman’ Is Set To Premiere At The Toronto International Film Festival Next Month

Set to premiere on September 10

‘Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman’, a film by EbonyLife Productions is coming to Netflix Naija soon. The Biyi Bandele-directed film is adapted from a 1975 screenplay by Wole Soyinka titled ‘Death and the King’s Horsemen.’ Based on a real life events, the horseman of a Yoruba King were prevented from committing ritual suicide by the colonial authorities.

Now, Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife studios have announced that the film will have its first worldwide premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on the 10th September, 2022. 


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‘Elesin Oba,The King’s Horseman’ will feature in the prestigious special presentation category, becoming the first Yoruba language film to feature in this category. The forthcoming film will also star actors such as Odunlade Adekola who plays the lead role as Elesin Oba, Shaffy Bello as Iyaloja. They are joined by Deyemi Okanlawon, Olawale Oloforoo, Omowunmi Dada, and veteran actors, Jide Kosoko and Kevin Ushi with guest appearances by acting legend Taiwo Ajai-Lycett and Ajoke Silva.

In a press conference about the film, CEO of the EbonyLife Group and executive producer of the film, Mo Abudu shared that:

“In filming Elesin Oba, we chose to stay close to the original work, which is already well-known globally as a great example of African drama. It’s an honour to see this compelling introduction to African thought and tradition on screen. Its interweaving of European and Yoruba ideals to depict universal themes of cultural responsibility has never been more important than now.”

Watch the trailer for ‘Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman’ below.

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