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Editors:Kelani, TundeISNI
Oyewo, KolaISNI
City of publisher:Lagos
Publisher:Mainframe Film and Television Productions
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:traditional rulers
political repression
feature films (form)
videos (form)
Abstract:Lapite, the king-elect of Jogbo, has decided to enrich himself on ascending the throne. He eliminates all opposition by sending hired killers or by harassing them into exile. His rival Adebomi is killed and Ayangalu, the official drummer, has escaped into exile. He takes a new wife and embarks on a massive exploitation of the enormous resources of forest trees. Protests by the townspeople and the farmers are ruthlessly suppressed. In desperation, the youths march on the palace and seize the royal crown which by tradition must not leave the palace. Lapite seeks military help by engaging the mercenary Lagata, a retired military officer who however kills him and takes over his kingdom. Lagata, who is now determined to become a proper king, imposes an oppressive administration on the people. The mercenary usurper falls dead during the installation process. The people have learnt a bitter lesson. No king will henceforth be allowed to sidestep any correct installation procedure. In the film Yoruba oral traditions are employed to allegorise the story of Nigeria's socio-political landscape in the 1990s. [Abstract reproduced from dvd-video]