In an announcement on Instagram on Sunday, EbonyLife CEO, Mo Abudu revealed that the media house’s film department had acquired the rights to develop a feature film centred around Wole Soyinka’s play, Death and the King’s Horseman.
Flanked by Soyinka in the picture announcing the development, Abudu stated that the movie will be globally distributed which comes as no surprise considering Ebony Life movies like The Wedding Party and Fifty have enjoyed similar releases.
The play which debuted in 1975 is based on a true story in Oyo State during the 1940s where a British officer prevented the horseman of a deceased Yoruba chief from taking his life, as dictated by Yoruba tradition.
The role EbonyLife will play with this movie is an important one particularly because it aids in taking back the narrative and telling our stories ourselves. If we can predict anything, you can expect a huge budget which leads to a star studded cast that could inevitably make this one of the biggest Nigerian movies whenever it is released.
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Happy Sunday beautiful people 💖💕💝. Lunch with Prof today at Scotts in London. Its always lovely to see Prof. Thank you so much for always making the time out of your busy schedule to meet with me. I truly appreciate it. 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 🙏🙏