Award winning Nigerian movie “King of Boys” (2018) directed by Kemi Adetiba and starring Sola Sobowale, Adesua Etomi and Paul Sambo among others.
Its a Nigerian crime fiction drawn on the style of Godfather and so many of crime thrillers but this has a godmother instead. Alhaja Eniola Salami (Sola Sobowale) is controlling the crime and drugs in Lagos with separate factions under her. She has inherited from her husband as have others from their family members controlling drugs and kidnappings, theft, robbery etc.
But because of her overpowering dominance, it has ruffled feathers amongst many including the politicians, other gang lords etc. What travails she goes through and how she comes out on top with so many tragedies facing her forms the rest of the story.
Its a long movie, almost 3 hours, so gets slow in the middle. But Kemi has built up the story quite well with Paul Sambo doing the role of the honest cop Nurudeen Gobir. Adesua Etomi as Kemi Salami the daughter of Eniola oozes sexuality and arrogance in her role.
There are whole lot of vested interests involved and there are too many players spoiling the pie so to speak. Typical of what is happening in most countries with crime, drugs, politics mixing to form a heady mix of deadly cocktail of danger. Sola Sobowale has done a brilliant role as the Godmother, incidentally she is called as King in the movie.
You can watch the movie here.