By Oluwatobi Opusunju
Media mogul, Mo Abudu has announced that her production company, EbonyLife Films is working on a screen adaptation of Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka’s book, “Death and the King’s Horseman” and we are here for it!
According to the announcement on her Instagram page, the production company has already acquired the rights to make the incredible work into a feature film for global distribution.
She wrote, “Work and planning continues with EbonyLife Films development of our forthcoming feature film – Death and the King’s Horseman – Yes beautiful people 💃💃💃 EbonyLife Films has acquired the rights to make this incredible work into a feature film for global distribution. We will continue to change the narrative and tell our stories. Lord we thank you for all these incredible opportunities you give us 🙏🙏.”
Premiered March 1st 1975, “Death and the King’s Horseman” is a play based on a real incident that took place in Nigeria during British colonial rule: the horseman of a Yoruba King who passed away in Oyo, an ancient Yoruba city of Nigeria was prevented from committing ritual suicide by the colonial authorities as against the law and custom of the land.
In the play, the result for the community is catastrophic, as the breaking of the ritual means the disruption of the cosmic order of the universe and thus the well-being and future of the collectivity is in doubt.
The community blames the horseman named Elesin, accusing him of being too attached to the earth to fulfill his spiritual obligations. Events lead to tragedy when Elesin’s son, Olunde, who has returned to Nigeria from studying medicine in Europe, takes on the responsibility of his father and commits ritual suicide in his place so as to restore the honour of his family and the order of the universe.
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