Why I featured Ooni in new movie – Filmmaker

Why I featured Ooni in new movie - Filmmaker


The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, is set to feature in a Nollywood movie, titled, “Take Me Home”.

According to The PUNCH, this was disclosed by a filmmaker, Dotun Taylor.

He said, “Ooni is the progenitor of all Yorubas, and such a character appears in the story, so we approached the king. He is our father, and his involvement in the movie is to strengthen the message.”

According to him, “The aim of the film is to draw renewed attention to the repatriation of Yoruba arts and artefacts that are scattered all over the world. In every part of the world, there are various properties belong to the Yorubas. They may be called ‘art’, but they also possess spiritual energies, which are desperately crying to be returned to their source.”

Taylor explained why he chose to shoot a film about Yoruba culture in the United States of America, saying, “Hollywood is not exaggerated. It is the filming capital of the world, and the experience was fantastic. It’s an exciting new frontier.

“Again, this is my heritage, my pride and essence. I am first a Yoruba man before any other thing. I am a Yoruba culture ambassador as well, so this is just me doing my job.”

Actors in the movie include Lateef Adedimeji and Bayo Bankole; as well as Hollywood actors such as Dave Sheridan, Amber Rivette and Felissa Rose