‘Elesin Oba Becomes First Movie in Yoruba to Premiere at TIFF

The film adaptation of Wole Soinka’s stage play “Death and the King’s Knight”, titled “Eresin Oba, The King’s Knight” by Netflix and EbonyLife, will soon be screened as it makes its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. (TIFF).

Directed by Biyi Bandele, the film stars the famous actor Odunlade Adekola as Elesin Oba. Odunlade stars alongside Shaffy Bello, Olawale ‘Brymo’ Oloforo, Deyemi Okanlawon, Omowunmi Dada, Jide Kosoko, Mark Elderkin, Jenny Stead, Langley Kirkwood, Kevin Ushi, Drikus Volschenk and Fares Boulos ‘Oyibo Rebel’. Ajok Silva and Taiwo Ajay-Lyset also make special appearances in the film.

EbonyLife CEO Mo Abudu used her Instagram handle to announce the TIFF premiere.

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“EbonyLife Films and co-creation partner Netflix are pleased to announce the world premiere of Ereshin Oba, Horseman of the King at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2022. Ereshin Oba will appear in the prestigious special presentation category, the first Yoruba film to do so.

“The original Death and the King’s Horseman was a stage play. Written by Professor Wole SoyinkaThis is the first time that the work of Soinka, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in Africa in 1986, will be made into a feature film. It was written and directed by Bi Bandel,” Abdou said.

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“Ereshin Oba, Horseman of the King” will be the first Yoruba film to premiere at TIFF.

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