“The King’s Horseman” Will Be The First Yoruba Film to Premiere at TIFF 2022

“Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman,” Netflix’s adaptation of Professor Wole Soyinka’s stage play, will be the first Yoruba-language film ever to have its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September, 2022.

The historical drama, written and directed by Biyi Bandele and produced by EbonyLife Films, is based on “Death and The King’s Horseman;” a play by Professor Wole Soyinka, which was originally published in 1975.

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Odunlade Adekola as ‘Elesin Oba’. Source: TIFF website.

According to EbonyLife Group’s CEO, Mo Abudu, this is the first time any of Prof. Soyinka’s works, who won Africa’s first Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, will be adapted for a feature film.

Based on a real incident in colonial Nigeria, the film stars Odunlade Adekola ‘Elesin Oba’ as the lead actor. With Shaffy Bello as ‘Iyaloja’, Olawale “Brymo” Oloforo as ‘Praise Singer’, Deyemi Okanlawon, Omowumi Dada, and Jide Kosoko completing the top casts.

‘Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman” will premiere at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2022.

The 47th Toronto International Film Festival will take place from September 8 to 18. The World Premiere of “Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman” is scheduled for September 10, 2022, in Toronto, Canada.

Click here to see the poster, the full synopsis and watch the TIFF official trailer.

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