A Yoruba Film Adaptation of The Lion and The Jewel written by Wole Soyinka. A must watch for family entertainment this December to the next year.
“The Lion and the Jewel” is a play by Soyinka, which chronicles how Baroka, the lion, fights with the modern Lakunle over the right to marry Sidi, the titular Jewel.
Speaking to Punch, Kelani revealed that he had Soyinka’s approval to adapt the book into a film.
He said it was actually Soyinka who inspired him to embark on the project. He further revealed that when he took a closer look at “The Lion and the Jewel,” he discovered that it wasn’t as simple as many people thought.
For one, the play is more of poetry than prose, he added.
was shot in Ibadan, and features Adebayo Salami as Baroka, Ibrahim Chatta as Lakunle, Rich Tanksley and Ayisat Onitiri as Sidi.