Ooni Of Ife Acts In His First Movie


A filmmaker, Dotun Taylor, has said that he decided to feature the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, in his new movie, ‘Take Me Home’, because it is about Yoruba culture.

He said, “Ooni is the progenitor of all Yorubas, and such a character appears in the story, so we approached the king. He is our father, and his involvement in the movie is to strengthen the message.”

Speaking on what he aims to achieve with the movie, the movie director said, “The aim of the film is to draw renewed attention to the repatriation of Yoruba arts and artefacts that are scattered all over the world. In every part of the world, there are various properties belong to the Yorubas. They may be called ‘art’, but they also possess spiritual energies, which are desperately crying to be returned to their source.”

On why he decided to shoot a film about Yoruba culture in the United States of America, Taylor said, “Hollywood is not exaggerated. It is the world’s filmmaking capital and the experience was awesome. It is a wonderful new frontier.

“Again, this is my heritage, my pride and essence. I am first a Yoruba man before any other thing. I am a Yoruba culture ambassador as well, so this is just me doing my job.”

According to a statement earlier sent to Saturday Beats, the movie is about the quest for originality, which led to the lead characters questioning the status quo and taking action in discovery of their destinies.

It is a story of an American family that gets stuck when their daughter is possessed (spiritually) after wearing an African masquerade costume which was stolen from Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.

Actors in the movie include Lateef Adedimeji and Bayo Bankole; as well as Hollywood actors such as Dave Sheridan, Amber Rivette and Felissa Rose


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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