Veteran Nollywood Director, Tunde Kelani has announced the sequel to the classic Yoruba movie, Saworoide.
Kelani made the announcement in a post on his social media platforms on Wednesday night.
Sharing pictures of the novel for the movie, Kelani wrote, “When there is a cultural vacuum, moral and mental decay follows. SAWOROIDE 2 (New Movie) COMING SOON.”
Saworoide, released through Mainframe Productions, came at a transitionary period in Nigeria’s history. Fourteen years after military dictatorships, Nigerians voted for a President.
Saworoide was timely and relevant. The film is about a town called Jogbo. The story starts when a new king ascends to the throne. However, Oba Lapite (brilliantly played by Kola Oyewo) skips the oath of office. Soon, Oba Lapite legitimizes corruption as he enjoys the spoils of his position. His chiefs also partake in this and live lavishly.
When the people of Jogbo begin to ques.tion Lapite and his chiefs, the king becomes a tyrant, locks up and persecutes those who dare him.
His reign of tyranny leads to the birth of a resistance movement that discovers a loophole in Jogbo’s customs and tradition to make Oba Lapite go into exile. It sadly unleashes a more brutal force that makes Jogbo descend into darkness.
Saworoide’s storyline is a metaphor for Nigeria’s political history and system. Oba Lapite, the usurper, represents corrupt politicians who buy their way into power. When they get into office, they begin to loot the state coffers. There is no sense of accountability to the public.
Lapite’s disregard for environmental pollution caused by logging companies speaks directly to decades of oil spillage in the oil-rich Niger Delta region.