What to Expect in Kemi Adetiba’s ‘King of Boys’

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Kemi Adetiba will be forever remembered for her record-breaking romantic comedy, The Wedding Party. However, this might change after the premiere of her upcoming film King of Boys on October 21. Going by what we have seen and heard, King of Boys might be an even bigger success and will, therefore, be disappointing if it doesn’t live up to its hype. But don’t worry, the chances are slim that Adetiba will fail us; we know this because the trailer offers a glimpse of the film’s thrilling atmosphere and we can say it’s the best we’ve seen so far this year.

It’s almost sad that we have to wait till October to see this movie. However, while Kemi Adetiba is busy piecing together what to wear to the premiere, we figured we can get busy on what to expect in the film, apart from the debut performance of Reminisce and illBLISS.

Alhaja Eniola Salami played by Sola Sobowale is a philanthropist and businesswoman with enough skeletons in her cupboard. The film revolves around Salami, her political aspiration and power struggle. Tapping into her wealth, influence and connections in the underworld, Salami is ruthless in the fight to reach the top and save everything she holds dear.

Jide Kosoko will be playing the role of Alhaji Salami while Adesua Etomi is cast as Kemi Salami, Eniola Salami’s daughter (just like in The Wedding Party). We will also be treated to the dramatic shades of pop stars, Reminisce and illBLISS. Reminisce will be taking up the role of Makanaki, a part Adetiba said she “couldn’t picture anyone else playing”, with illBLISS as Odogwu Malay of the Lagos underworld.

Judging from her previous success including the web series The King Woman, this new film, King of Boys will be a bold step towards her Oscar, and we honestly can’t wait.


Wale Owoade is a writer, music journalist and pop culture critic. His works have been published in African American Review, Transition, Guernica, Bettering American Poetry, Poet Lore, Duende, The Brooklyn Review, and The Collagist. He received the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations and was shortlisted for the 2017 Brittle Paper Literary Awards. In 2016, Owoade won a scholarship from Research and World History Institute (Tokyo) and was invited to attend the 2017 Callaloo Writers Workshop at Oxford University. His works have been translated into Bengali, German and Spanish. He currently writes on music and pop culture for The Afrovibe, Pan-African Music magazine and Omenka magazine.

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