Omowunmi Dada to Star in Wole Soyinka’s Globally Acclaimed Epic the King’s Horseman Billed to Premiere at the TIFF 2022

Nollywood sensation, Omowunmi Dada has been cast as the Bride in Nigeria’s Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka’s critically acclaimed stage play The King’s Horseman (Elesin Oba).

The contemporary adaptation of the award-winning piece is being brought to life by EbonyLife Production. The screenplay is written and directed by Biyi Bandele.

Among other exciting firsts, the screenplay will be the first ever Yoruba Language film to premiere at the Toronto International Film 
Festival (TIFF) Special Presentation category in September 2022, before being mainstreamed as a first in its category on global streaming giant – Netflix.

Elesin Oba is a non-fiction epic that captures the journey of a king, his horseman, the perils of tradition and seeming redemption through sacrifice.

Playing the Bride in this moving masterpiece will be arguably one of Dada’s most challenging roles, whilst further elevating the young actress towards global acclaim.

Omowunmi Dada is an actress, voice-over artist, presenter, and model best known for her role as Folake in the M-Net television series Jemeji. 

She also featured in the 2017 Yoruba language film Somewhere in the Dark, which won the award for Best Indigenous Film at the 2017 AMVCA Awards, and for which she received a nomination for Best Actress in a 
Supporting Role (Yoruba) at the Best of Nollywood Awards in 2017. She is 
an Ambassador for the digital retail giant, Jumia and continues to feature at live events and content for TV.

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