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Sunday, September 19, 2021

REVIEW: In “KOB: The Return of The King,” Kemi Adetiba challenges notion of heroine



Running Time: 7hrs 19mins.

Director: Kemi Adetiba.

Lead Cast: Sola Sobowale, Nse-Ikpe Etim, Illbliss, Toni Tones, Dapo Banjo, Akin Lewis, Reminisce and Charly Boy.

Date of Release: August 21,2021

The ‘new Nollywood’ owes its success and growth to technical and cinematic improvements as well as a newer breed of storytellers and filmmakers poised to make an impact.

But what has gained the least attention in the ‘New Nollywood Tales’ is the idea of a different kind of female lead character, or if you like, a heroine, for whom romantic aspiration is not the main goal.

The idea of a female lead who longs for male attention is not entirely a bad idea. But in typical Nollywood films, actresses are often portrayed as either seeking to find love or finding Mr Right.

But Eniola Salami, the lead character in KOB, perfectly portrayed by Sola Sobowale, wants more.

We have often wondered who will better tell women stories? And is gender a relevant criterion?

It seems Genevieve Nnaji answered the question with ‘Lionheart’, Mo Abudu with ‘Fifty’ and now it appears as though Adetiba has broken stereotypes in KOB by telling a story of a female villain who challenges the notion of a heroine.

In the seven-part Netflix original series, Adetiba relieves in continuation, the return of Salami, her lead character in the feature-length film, ‘King of Boys.’

Salami returns to the country bitter about the defeats she had endured. This time around, she is seeking a higher good by contesting for a leadership position in Lagos.

Hooliganism earned Laburu (the evil incarnate) an empire of fame around political heavyweights in the country. To reclaim her position after a long exile, Salami contends with old adversaries (Aare Akinwande and Makanaki) and newer rivals (Odudubariba, Jumoke Randle, Dapo Banjo, Rev. Ifeanyi, and Governor Tunde Randle) and must fight for the power she feels most deserving of.

Popularly known as the King of Boys, Salami will later embrace corruption, violence, and blackmail to actualise her vengeful desires.

Jumoke, the first lady, is one feisty character portrayed by Nse Ikpe-Etim who makes complex decisions for her husband, Tunde Randle, the governor of Lagos State. Bent on ensuring that he returns for a second term, she leads the contest on his behalf against Eniola.

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