Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman is experiencing new life in Elesin Ẹlẹṣin Ọba: The King’s Horseman, now streaming on Netflix.
The film is based on a true story and is set in Oyo State, southwestern Nigeria.
The king has just died, and as tradition demands Elesin Oba, the King’s horseman must perform ritual suicide in order to join his deceased king in the afterlife so that the king may gain unhindered passage into the land of the gods, thus preventing calamity from befalling the community. Elesin Oba’s sexual appetites cause him to shirk his duty, which in turn has devastating consequences, the result of which is a lethal confrontation with the British rulers of the day. When the horseman is unable to fulfill his final obligation to the king; his ghost wanders the earth, spelling calamity for the land and its people
Ẹlẹṣin Ọba is co-produced by Ebonylife Studio and Netflix and is adapted for the screen and directed by Biyi Bandele. It’s the last movie from the acclaimed filmmaker before his tragic passing in August 2022.
It stars Odunlade Adekola, Shaffy Bello, Deyemi Okanlawon, Brymo, Jide Kosoko, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, and Omowumi Dada, among others.
Stream it on Netflix.