Indeed, there are movies and there are movies!

King of Boys: The Return of the king, a movie such as this, made by Nigerians, in Nigeria for Nigerians is maddening with pride, fulfillment and happiness. Hence, one thing is sure, HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE. If there is anything that is certain about this movie is that this 7 part episode Limited series is very capable of wounding you with ecstasy.

King of Boys should be studied in schools, everyone needs to understand how a masterpiece is made from start to finish. Afterwards, it should be put in the number 1 museum in the world, The Musée d’Orsay in Paris so that the coming generation can know that there are movie called King of Boys that changed the face of the Nigerian film industry and here is why.

Three years after the release of King of Boys, the highly-awaited sequel to one of the highest-grossing Nollywood movies of all time was released on Netflix on August 27, 2021, but this time as a seven-episode series. The movie featured the best of the best in the Nollywood industry like Sola Sobowale and Toni Tones who both played the role of Eniola Salami, Makanaki (Reminisce), Odogwu Malay (Ill Bliss), Aare Akinwande (Akin Lewis), Sade Bello (Osas Ighodaro), Ade Tiger (Titi Kuti), and President Mumusa (Keppy Ekpeyoung) reprise their roles from the first movie.

New additions to the cast include First Lady Jumoke Randle (Nse Ikpe Etim), Reverend Ifeanyi (Richard Mofe-Damijo), Dapo Banjo (Efa Iwara), Adetola Fashina (Deyemi Okanlawon), Odudubariba (Charlie Boy), and Governor Tunde Randle (Lord Frank)

Produced by Kemi Adetiba Visuals, King Of Boys: The Return of The King is a sequel to the hugely successful 2018 crime political drama.

Episode 1 of the 7 part series gave us an intense view of a broken Eniola Salami as she faces a greater battle within herself for the redemption of her tortured soul. This episode goes on to build and stir up more emotions in the viewers by flogging on how damaged Eniola Salami was. Two things is sure to happen with the viewers while watching this episode, many will cry and have goosebumps, while some will understand that Sola Sobowale isn’t just an actress, but a god of acting. The combination of Toni Tones and Sola Sobowale playing the role of Eniola Salami should be celebrated separately. Despite playing the same character, the makers of this movie gave each of them their own distinct lane which inturn earned them their separate glory. It was clear that Toni Tones came out of her being completely to deliver her role and one thing seems to be sure, her acting will never remain the same after this masterpiece. Let’s not also forget the effects and choice of soundtracks used to mount the emotions of the viewers, the slight echo effect that was backed with Toni Tones voice and the slight change in the atmosphere slapped too hard, it gave the movie much more depth, intensity and power. Episode 1 was an eye opener that says “if you are not ready then don’t continue”.

Episode 2 went further to allow the audience feel other characters other than Eniola Salami. It diverted the audience to the likes of Dapo Banjo( Efa Iwara) who played the role of the reporter obsessed with his job. Also the likes of First Lady Jumoke Randle (Nse Ikpe Etim), Reverend Ifeanyi (Richard Mofe-Damijo). These are some other very interesting characters in this story of the King of Boys, especially the character of Jumoke Randle, the power obsessed first Lady who rose from grass to grace and thought it was possible to take on Eniola Salami even in her weakness. We can not overlook what Kemi Adetiba did to Jumoke Randles character, it was 100 percent appealing, powerful and even the costumes were superb and backed up the character.

Episode 3 put the viewers in a place of confusion accompanied with that of Eniola Salami. While it was interesting that Eniola Salami was willing to give up her past and be a better person, I can be 100 percent certain that every viewer wanted her to step on the necks of her enemies just like her favorite and loyal guard, Ade Tiger. This put me in a funny self check, which us how I can prefer evil to good. Well this movie is twisted enough to allow you question your own sense of judgement of good and bad.

Episode 4 built more intensity with the governorship race as Eniola begins to lose her sense of good and gradually drifts into her old self to be able to survive and attain her future. How this happens isn’t ordinary, but rather very extra ordinary. Her favorite proverb of “Agbo ti o fi eyin rin lo, agbara ni o lo mu wa” was put to very good use. We began to see why her silence and patience paid off as all her moves became very mind blowing. Aare Akinwande ( Akin Lewis) character in this movie was everywhere it needed to be, he was an icing on the movie and gave it such a delightful and delicious energy.

Episode 5 put us in a position of fear and constant confusion for the Eniola Salamis character, it seemed like every other character in the series was working and ganging up against her and it made me wonder the possibility of her survival. There was the over ambitious reporter who kept digging for stories to orchestrate her downfall, Odudubariba (Charlie Boy) who wanted to be the King of Boys by all means and in turn end Eniola, Makanaki ( Reminisce) who had returned for vengeance and of course Jumoke Randle the first Lady who was desperate to retain power. While all these characters played their part, the makers of this movie kept confusing the viewers about Ade Tiger and his loyalty, they constantly broke our hearts till we didn’t know what to do with it anymore. Meanwhile, the twists in this movie is one that should be added to the educational curriculum.

Episode 6 screamed “THE KING IS BACK”. Seeing Eniola Salami in her full glory, you will misbehave with excitement. If you sit to watch, you might not be too comfortable and if you stand it will be twice as hard. The building of the climax will prepare you for a bloody final episode and honestly I must warn, BE PREPARED because you might not believe how you are capable of displaying excitement with what King of Boys: The Return of the king did.

Episode 7 which was the final episode was the longest as it lasted for 1 hour 19 minutes and it still wasn’t enough because you will literally feel your adaraline pump hard. Episode 7 explains how it was the best possible option to have this series on Netflix because if somehow it was possible to have have a series in the cinema, then it will not contain even 5 people in one theater because no matter how gentle and calm an individual is, you will lose it while watching KOB episode 7. This episode almost gave a heart attack with how things quickly went from 0 to 100. I screamed soo hard I thought I was going to lose my mind. This made me wonder how a movie could do this to anyone at all. How the twists were put to light, how things turned without warning and caution to the viewers was just marvelous. Let’s not dismiss the intensity of Eniola Salamis choice of words and how she beautifully swapped from English to yoruba when she had to say very weighty things. As a matter of fact, if anyone needs to learn how to banter words, then King of Boys should be recommended.

“When chasing power, choose your team wisely”, “If you can’t beat them, then join them”. If you did not learn anything at all from King of Boys, then these are two major lessons to be learnt. The series will make you want power, despite how intense it was played out.

A famous quote by Charles Kendall Adams goes thus, “No student ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him: it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction”.

Now we can boldly say that for every ounce of strength, work, commitment, determination and sacrifice that was put into King of Boys is over and above the required which has now produced not just an entertainment piece, but created nothing but greatness!

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