Strong Woman: African Woman. A King of Boys


“King of Boys” Written and Directed by Kemi Adetiba

Before you start reading, please be informed that this post is meant for only those who have watched the mind blowing movie “King of Boys.” This write-up isn’t about the story’s plot.


The title of the movie actually reminds me of a book I read years ago titled “Sons and Lovers” by D.H Lawrence. The title is a guide through the plot, it accurately explains the story’s plot.

Hypes are only misleading when the content doesn’t meet expectations. In this case, I bet to say that the newly released movie by Kemi Adetiba has a whole new level of delivery. The industry is experiencing a touch of greatness.

The movie “King of Boys” is a reminder that the talents in Nigeria and most importantly Africa, is rising. Things are no longer like they used to be and the country’s movie industry is awakening with great ideas.

Despite the unusual long hours as the timing for the movie, the story line retains the minds of the audience. Like you’ve heard before, most Nollywood movies have a predictable ending but amazingly, it was a different experience with this movie. I never believed that “Eniola Salami (Sola Sobowale)” would still rule even in her physical absence. Beat it! It was a whole different experience for everyone in the room.


From a different lens, let’s analyze beyond the surface.


I love how proverbs are used extensively in the movie. This points back to our root.

Growing up, I’ve always known that the African culture is deeply rooted in proverbs. The movie “King of Boys” displays a typical African (Yoruba) light of proverbs. I remember a scene where I could totally relate to the words of Eniola to her son Kitan when they had a tussle.  I would paraphrase because I didn’t exactly write the exact words - “When a child is little, the mother says let me take care of you and when the child is older or grown, she says to the child, take care of yourself.” This is exactly true because my mother actually says this. It’s the words of a typical African mother.

 “Like Mother like daughter.” You know what this means? Remember the scene Kemi and Eniola exchanged proverbs?  Goosebumps appeared immediately on my skin.  How about the scene where Makanaki and Eniola conversed in proverbs?

The Plot/ Societal issues

The storyline of the movie is easily understood and to a large extent relatable. As a Nigerian, you’ll agree that the movie addresses societal issues and other aspects of living. Issues such as corruption, betrayal, deceit, power tussle, child upbringing, marriage and loyalty. For a movie to address all of these, it’s no small at all. Kudos to Kemi Adetiba.

Setting/ Characters:

The movie begins with a party. The party felt real to me because it’s exactly how most Yoruba parties are held. The choice of location as regards other scenes are perfectly chosen to fit the act.

The characters in the movie are the best-fit. The acting is on-point and I love how they could get into our emotions. I almost cried when Kemi (Adesuwa Etomi) was killed.

Through the movie, there’s the display of multi- talents in the industry. My love for Reminisce who played the role of Makanaki increased with the speed of light. Ill Bliss also did great in his role.

Remember the other time, it was Banky W as a major character in “The Wedding Party.” What does this say to you?

“King of Boys” is better viewed from your own lens. What’s your perspective? It’s a good movie and gives hope to the Nollywood industry.

The African woman is a strong woman. She’s good at strategy and knows how to bounce back after a fall. I rest my case.