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'Elesin Oba': Omowunmi Dada Speaks About Starring In Netflix Film

By Damilare Odunayo
August 05, 2022

Omowunmi Dada recently opened up about her time on the set of the highly anticipated Netflix adaptation 'Elesin Oba'.

She plays the bride of the horseman in the forthcoming film.

The movie star said that acting in the film gave her an opportunity to finally experience the best of both worlds, having acted in several of its stage productions nationwide.

The project was described as surreal and exciting, while further revealing that it was indeed an honour to portray the Bride in the first-ever screen adaption of the Wole Soyinka classic.

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.

She also discussed her experience working with seasoned Nollywood 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’.

The Biyi Bamidele film is the first Yoruba Language film to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Special Presentation category this September.

The movie is a classic based on real life event 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, with Brymo Olawale making his acting debut..


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