Fall 2016 introduced the world to a new side of Kemi Adetiba with the release of The Wedding Party, a movie she co-wrote and directed. Kemi Adetiba the feature film director, a not-so-wide but significant departure from Kemi Adebita the music-video director. At that point, we knew she was going to change the world, a mandate she remained true to when it was announced she’d excused herself from the 2017 sequel, which turned out to be a critical disaster.
Unfortunately, Kemi Adetiba seems to be falling into the same kind of quagmire most stakeholders of a financially successful film find themselves in – milking the cow for everything it’s worth until all that’s left is pain and disgrace in the minds of fans who once loved the franchise.
Don’t get it twisted, King of Boys is a beautiful movie, one of the best Nigeria’s ever produced, and one of the two top movies of Nollywood’s 2018. Thanks to same industry’s 2020 Oscars selection, King Of Boys is on everyone’s lips again, which is testament to its very scintillating art quality.
King of Boys 2 is happening. Though the nature it’ll take isn’t yet public, it’s been confirmed by Kemi Adetiba via her Instagram handle. But does this sequel really deserve to happen?
The answer’s NO, and that’s mostly because the story left itself in a tight corner with that resolution.
The way King of Boys progressed towards the end of its second act into its third makes it near-unreasonable for a direct sequel to happen. It takes away what little credibility the rest of the story up had, from that point. Perhaps, in a world where either Kemi (Adesua Etomi-Wellington) or Kitan had survived, and Eniola (Sola Sobowale) went down as most viewers expected, maybe a direct sequel wouldn’t be sounding so scary.
There’s an easy solution though. Making the sequel more of a prequel than an actual sequel.
The thought of seeing Makanaki (Reminisce) and Odogwu Malay (Illbliss) share a scene again is exhilarating. Both musical artistes made their acting debuts in King of Boys to critical acclaims. And a prequel would gracefully handle their reunion without worrying about the implications of how the first one ended. It could also give Toni Tones more avenue to shine as the younger, more enigmatic version of Eniola Salami.
Time will tell the direction this sequel will take, until then it’s all speculations.