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Femi Adebayo’s ‘King of Thieves’ in impressive box office sales run

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Ade Ishola

‘King of Thieves (Agesinkole), the Yoruba epic movie produced by Femi Adebayo’s Euphoria 360 and Niyi Akinmolayan’s Anthill Studios is on an impressive box office following its premiere and impressive media reviews.

Adebayo, over the weekend, revealed that the historical suspense film has generated over N170 million in the first three weeks of its cinema debut.

He said the movie, which took him over a year and over N100 million to produce, to produced is a huge success as it made more than N43 million in its first three days, a record in the Nigerian box office industry.

 “In the history of Nollywood, no movie has ever made N43 million in three days of its opening at the cinema, that is an amount of money some movies will make in three months,” Adebayo said.

“The movie has actually paved the way for many providers and producers that are producing indigenous content.”

Adebayo said the plan was to leave the film in the cinemas for two months when it is expected to make no less than N200 million.

The filmmaker said the film is a realization of his ambition to work on a huge movie, which showcases the Yoruba culture.

“The plan was to do a huge movie that will remind people of the beauty of Yoruba culture and I waited till it was time,” he added.

“My intention was to showcase the beauty of Yoruba culture to the entire world and at the same time to be able to say one or two things about the society, especially our leaders.

“When I was much younger, I had the opportunity to see the beautiful works of Albert Ogunde, he showcased that beauty in Yoruba culture being a Yoruba man.”

‘King of Thieves’, which is widely acknowledged as a pacesetter for Yoruba movies richly explores the depth of the Yoruba culture as it tells a tale of heroism, betrayal, maternal love, and revenge while effectively exploring the rich Yoruba culture: language, music and dances, attires, religion and general lifestyle.

Parading an A-star cast and crew list, ‘King of Thieves’ including Femi Adebayo. Odunlade Adekola, Toyin Abrahams, Adedimeji Lateef, Ibrahim Yekini (Itele), Broda Shaggi, Ibrahim Chatta, Dele Odule, and Peju Ogunmola, is a narrative story of Agesinkole, a powerful bandit, his reign of terror on the prosperous Kingdom of Ajeromi, and the people battle to conquer him.

The film producer said there were some challenges faced in the course of producing the film that is laced with Yoruba tradition and a star-studded cast.

“If you look at the cast, we had A-list actors. It was challenging to get their time together. Waiting for them to have a uniform timing took almost one and half years to plan the movie.”

But he said he was delighted with his final location for the movie, even though it took him a long time to find.

“I saw everything that fascinated me in the location we later got, the village, the river,” he said.

“I saw almost 70 per cent of my movie in there even though we had to build more, our caster crew were scared because of insecurity and we had to beef up security,” he said.

 In the movie, Agesinkole (played by Femi Adebayo}, is called the King of thieves because of his ruthlessness and power to instil terror in the people of his community as he steals and takes away everything he feels belongs to him.

His actions made the community led by the king, Oba Adegbite Tadenikaro (Odunlade Adekola) looks for ways to end his reign of terror. Several actions were made through the hunters, witches and priests towards this end.

However, all attempts are proving abortive as Ageshinkole seems insurmountable and continues to bring misery to the reign of the new king. All the hunters, witches, even the deity, Sango and the masquerades couldn’t do anything to stop him. In the process, Abegunde (Lateef Adedimeji), a skilful member of the masquerade cult, hat challenges Ageshinkole ended up being killed by him.

Amid this misery, Oguntade (Ibrahim Chatta), the head of the hunters, was caught stealing a deer to save his wife’s neck. He had to face the consequence as demanded by the custom of Ajeromi: death.

However, the king declared that he might spare his life if he brings in the head of Ageshinkole. And so what becomes the fate of Oguntade?

Directed by Adebayo Tijani and Tope Adebayo Salami, the Yoruba film is shot as a tale narrated in English by a narrator, Segun Arinze making efficient use of flashbacks.

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