Actress Omowunmi Dada has talked about the character she played in Biyi Bandele’s Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman.
Produced by Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Films, Elesin Oba is based on real-life events in Nigeria in 1943 and set in the Oyo Empire in which the King’s horseman Elesin Oba must commit ritual suicide to follow his deceased king into the afterlife.
Omowunmi who played the role of a young bride revealed that she represented the catalyst to Elesin Oba’s downfall.
The actress said this at the recent private screening of the film which will begin streaming on Netflix on November 4.
She said: “I play the character of the young bride. Elesin Oba comes into the market and he sees this young bride and he says he wants to have her. And nobody, absolutely nobody can object to it. The young bride also represents the catalyst to Elesin Oba’s downfall. As a tragic hero, wanting to satisfy his sexual pleasure was literally his tragic flaw. I mean he activated this when he saw the young bride. He wanted to have her and he was going to have her.”
The film also stars Odunade Adekola, Shaffy Bello, Deyemi Okanlawon, Olawale ‘Brymo’ Olofooro, Jide Kosoko, Omowunmi Dada, Kevin Ushi, Mark Elderkin, Jenny Stead, Langley Kirkwood, Joke Silva and Taiwo Ajai-Lycett.