Starring in ‘Elesin Oba’ was a surreal experience – Omowunmi Dada

In the adaption of the classic tragic play by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Omawunmi Dada portrays the Bride, a symbolic figure.
Omowunmi Dada, an AMVCA-winning actor, has spoken candidly about her experiences working on the set of the much-awaited Netflix rendition of “Elesin Oba – The King’s Horseman.”
Having appeared in several stage performances across the country, the movie star claimed in an exclusive interview with Pulse that becoming a part of the movie allowed her the chance to finally enjoy the best of both worlds.
Dada said it was an honor to play the Bride in the play’s first-ever cinematic adaptation and that the production was weird and exhilarating.
“The Bride is a symbol of sensuality, excitement, and lust, especially for the Horseman who though bound by tradition to leave earth for the land of his ancestors, is distracted by his sensual desires and consequently, brings doom on his people. The film is true to its roots and a must-watch for all,” she said.

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She further described her experience working with veterans including acclaimed Yoruba-language actor Odunlade Adekola who stars in the film’s lead role as Elesin. 

“Seeing so many veterans and acclaimed acts on the same set was surreal for me. It was a very amazing experience. My character didn’t have lines in the film which made it more challenging. I am glad I was able to have the presence to evoke the emotions expected of the bride,” Dada added.

‘Elesin Oba’ is an adaptation of Nigeria’s Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka’s acclaimed tragic play, ‘Death and the King’s Horseman’.

Directed by ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ and ‘Fifty’ maestro, Biyi Bandele, the screenplay will be the first Yoruba Language film to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Special Presentation category this September, before being mainstreamed as a first in its genre on Netflix.

The film is a riveting classic based on factual events in Nigeria’s colonial era when the horseman (Elesin Oba) of a Yoruba King in the Oyo Kingdom was prevented from committing ritual suicide by the colonial authorities.

Omowunmi stars in ‘Elesin Oba’ alongside a league of A-listers including Shaffy Bello, Jide Kosoko, Deyemi Okolanwon, Brymo Olawale, Mark Elderkin, Jenny Stead, Langley Kirkwood, and others.