Praise, Knock, As Social Media Reacts To The New Movie, Elesin Oba

The cast of newly released Netflix movie Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman, has received accolades for their outstanding performance in the Yoruba epic story.

A screen adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman, Elesin Oba was directed by the late Biyi Bandele, who died in August.

The movie follows the true-life story of a King’s horseman (played by Odunlade Adekola), who, according to tradition, has to lay down his life to ensure the safe passage of the deceased King into the afterlife.

Elesin Oba’s sexual escapades become his downfall as he is unable to perform his traditional duties, spelling doom for the people of the land.

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The movie which premiered first in Nigerian cinemas on October 28, boasts of a star-studded cast including, Joke Silva, Jide Kosoko, Odunlade Adekola, Shaffy Bello, Deyemi Okanlawon, and popular singer, Brymo.

Following the movie’s Netflix release on Friday, Nigerians took to Twitter to laud the actors for bringing the story to life with their outstanding performances.

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A tweep, @mercy_milola, wrote, “Shout out to Shaffy Bello and Odunlade Adekola. Elesin Oba is that ancient historical, non-fictional movie you’d greatly enjoy!”

Some Twitter handles were however not impressed with the movie. A Tweep @Letter_To Jack rated the movie 0.5 over 10, and urged movie lovers not to waste their time seeing it.

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