Mo Abudu, the Nigerian media mogul, has shared the first photos from the production of ‘Death and the King’s Horseman’, her much-awaited film.


The 57-year-old took to her Instagram page to put out images of the cast from a masque ball scene shot in Lagos.

The project — a movie adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s 1975 play with the same title — is inspired by Abudu’s EbonyLife Studios in collaboration with Netflix.

In the post, Abudu recounted the difficulty her team faced in getting an appropriate location for the scene.


“In this scene, we are snap in the midst of a fancy dress masque ball (with some guests unmasked waiting to meet the Prince) in the great hall of the residency in the 1940’s in the southwestern region of Nigeria,” she wrote.

“We shot this scene on location at the Muson Centre in Lagos. Finding locations that we could make fit the 1940’s was no easy task, but we did it.”

The media personality said she would disclose the project’s cast in due course.


“I am getting tons of DMs on who did we cast. We will reveal the line up of our amazing cast in due course,” she added.

The project, directed by Biyi Bandele, follows the story of a king’s horseman who is prevented from committing ritual suicide by the colonial authorities.

In June 2020, TheCable Lifestyle had reported how Netflix partnered with Mo Abudu for the film adaptation of books by Soyinka and Lola Shoneyin, a novelist.

Below are the first photos from the movie:


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