‘Laburu Has Landed’: It’s Official, The King Of Boys Is Back!

 

It’s the day that nearly every Nigerian movie lover has been waiting for – the day of the return of the King Of Boys.

After a successful run in cinemas back in 2018, producers of the political thriller film decided to bless fans with a second installment.

Production ran through most of 2020 and now fans finally get the opportunity to see what becomes of the revered Eniola Salami (the powerful character played by veteran actress Sola Sobowale).

With a power-packed first installment that garnered rave reviews and multiple awards, fans have remained at the edge of their seats, anticipating what would now be a seven-part series released exclusively to streaming giant, Netflix.

Written, produced, and directed by Kemi Adetiba, ‘King Of Boys 2’ will return previous cast members such as Sola Sobowale, Remilekun “Reminisce” Safaru, iLLBliss, Toni Tones and some new faces such as Nse Ikpe-Etim, Osas Ighodaro, veteran actor, Richard Mofe Damijo and several others.

Netflix Naija has also been teasing the film, giving us sneak peeks into what we should expect.

“Is this your king? King of Boys: The Return of The King is now streaming,” they wrote in a post on Friday.

 

#LaburuIsComing: Brace Yourself For Kemi Adetiba’s ‘King of Boys 2’

 

 

The wait is finally over for Kemi Adetiba’s ‘King of Boys 2’.

The filmmaker and director has confirmed the arrival of ‘King of Boys 2’, the sequel to her 2018 multi-award-winning movie. It means one thing, Labaru is coming.

In a lengthy post shared on her Instagram accompanied by pictures of billboards across cities teasing the movie, Adetiba revealed that the movie production seemed like a dream that would never happen at first.

“If I’ve ever shown bravado on this app, please ignore. I cried ugly, happy tears this morning. I’m talking snorting dripping, happy tears. I then got on a twenty-minute video call with Sola Sobowale, and we both cried together,” she wrote.

“This is what dreams are made of. A lot of work has gone into this. After almost dying last year and moving straight from the hospital (after being sick for almost 7 months) to the KOB 2 set only six weeks later.”

“I’m grateful to the entire KOB 2 production family. I love you guys more than you know. This is us. Thank you to the amazingly talented actors that gave us their talent to keep safe for them housed in a film. I pray we did you justice, and never let you down.

“And finally… Thank You, Netflix for not only pushing us for greatness but also teaching us so many things needed to elevate to the next level.”

 

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The first installment of King Of Boys got several nods from critics and fans alike with fans singing praises of Sola Sobowale’s performance in the motion picture. Even though the first was premiered in cinemas before it was eventually streamed on Netflix, the sequel will go straight to the streaming giant.

Netflix Naija also teased us with a simple post that read, “Word on the street is that she’s coming back. Let me know if you see her.” #LaburuIsComing

If the reference finds you lost, it is probably because you need to watch the first installment of King of Boys. But if you do not mind spoilers, then you should know that Eniola Salami, self-proclaimed Laburu, is the eponymous King of Boys. She sits at the head of a table of gang-lords and whatever deal any of the other men on the table makes, they are obligated to give her a percentage.

 

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Now that we are getting a second part, we have some questions!

To recap, the first part ended with Eniola in exile for five years. From what we saw, she went into exile after she was declared wanted by law enforcement authorities all over the country.

She started to seek power and prominence of a different kind. She wanted to be a minister but the barriers to crossing from the underworld to mainstream politics were higher than what she expected. Will the crossover happen this time?

 

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Will Eniola’s street muscle give her a higher hand when it comes to state politics?

 

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Then there is Makanaki (played by Reminisce), who wants to become the King of Boys. A heist had provided him with money and with which he wants to buy power. He openly insults her; she vows to end him. Will she keep her word?

 

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Some of the scenes took place in the past and showed a young Eniola as played by Toni Tones, will we be seeing more of her?

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“King Of Boys 2” written, produced, and directed by Kemi Adetiba, will include Sola Sobowale, Remilekun “Reminisce” Safaru, iLLBliss, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Nse Ikpe Etim, Efa Iwara, Toni Tones, Jide Kosoko, Osas Ighodaro, and more.

No word yet on when the movie will be released, but that is okay. We will just keep our fingers crossed and renew our Netflix subscription.

 

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AMVCA 2020: Living In Bondage, King Of Boys Get Multiple Nominations (FULL LIST)

Africa Magic on Thursday unveiled their nominations for the seventh edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA).

Block bluster movies including Living In Bondage, King of Boys and Bling Lagosian picked up nominations in multiple categories.

The nominations were unveiled in a live broadcast on all Africa Magic channels and anchored by Nollywood couple Linda Ejiofor and Ibrahim Suleiman.

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Africa Magic on its website said the list was compiled after “a grueling creative process that sought to gives nods to the industry’s greatest creatives.”

The awards will be presented in 28 categories, with seven categories open to public voting and 21 being categories to be decided by the AMVCA panel of judges.

 

 

 

PUBLIC VOTING

Best Actor in a Comedy (Movie or TV Series)

Uzor Arukwe – Smash

Chibunna “Funny Bone” Stanley – Smash

Uzor Arukwe – Size 12

Ramsey Nouah – Merry Men 1

Etim Effiong – Plan B Daniel

 

Best Actress in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series)

Toyin Abraham – Bling Lagosians

Bimbo Ademoye – Looking For Baami

Funke Akindele – Moms At War

Toyin Abraham – Kasanova

Ebele Okaro – Smash

 

Best Actor in a Drama (Movie/TV Series)

Swankey J.K.A – Living In Bondage

Timini Egbuson – Elevator Baby

Efa Iwara – Seven

Gabriel Afolayan – Coming From Insanity

Ramsey Nouah – Levi

 

Best Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV Series)

Shola Shobowale – King Of Boys

Zainab Balogun – Sylvia

Zainab Balogun – God Calling

Toyin Abraham – Elevator Baby

Kate Henshaw – The Ghost And The House Of Truth

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or TV Series

Damijo (Rmd) – Seven Richard Mofe

Ramsey Nouah – Living In Bondage

Nkem Owoh – God Calling

Remilekun ‘Reminisce’ Safaru – King Of Boys

Pascal Tokodi – Disconnect

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or TV Series:

Toni Tones – King Of Boys

Eucharia Anunobi – The Foreigner’s God

Tina Mba – The Set-Up

Mary Lazarus – Size 12

Gloria Sarfo – The Perfect Picture: 10 Years Later

 

Best Short Film or Online Video:

Oga John – Bolanle Akintomide

Thorn – Bola ‘Enigma’ Akanbi

Prueba – Stanlee Ohikuhare

Tokunbo – Bio Arimoro

 

 

NON-PUBLIC VOTING

 

Best Cinematographer:

God Calling – Cardoso

Living In Bondage – John Demps

Ratnik – Niyi White, Gbenga Fifolabi and Abiola Ladipo

The Set Up – Mohammed Attah

 

Best Lighting Designer In A Movie Or TV Series:

God Calling – Cardoso

Ratnik – Abiola Ladipo

Elevator Baby – Eleaxu Texas

Plan B – Odhiambo Walter

 

Best Costume Designer Movie or TV Series:

Living In Bondage – Olohigbe Nwagwu

The Foreigner’s God – Ifan Michael

Ratnik – Dimeji Ajibola

King Of Boys – Yolanda Okereke

 

Best Make-Up Category:

God Calling – Lilian Omozele Paul

The Foreigner’s God – Jude Odoh

King Of Boys – Hakeem Effects

Coming From Insanity – Bio Arimoro

 

Best Writer in a Movie or TV Series:

BB Sasore – God Calling

Tosin Igho – Seven

Vanessa Kanu – Sylvia

Biodun Stephen – Joba

Nicole Asinugo and CJ Obasi – Living In Bondage

Akay Mason and Yusuf Carew – Elevator Baby

 

Best Documentary:

Hidden Euphoria – Aderogba Adedeji

Skin – Beverly Naya

Against All Odds: A Tale Of Resilience – Aderemi Davies

Ibadan: Yoruba Heritage – Tunde Oladimeji

 

Best Indigenous Language Movie/TV Series Swahili:

Raveet Sippy Chadh – Subira

Timoth Conrad Kachumka – Sema

Victor Gatonye – Dream Child

Joan Kabugu – Toy Car

 

Best Indigenous Language Movie/TV Series Yoruba:

Ronke Odusanya – Ajoji Godogbo –

Yewande Famakin – Alubarika

Oyebade Adebimpe – Adebimpe Omo Oba

Wumi Olabimtan – Intent

 

Best Indigenous Language Movie/TV Series Hausa:

Tuntube – Muhammad T. Finisher

Mariya – Abubakar Bashir

Abarawa Rai – Muhammad Adam and Tundun Murtala

Sadauki – Hassan Giggs

 

Best Indigenous Language Movie/TV Series Igbo:

Isianyaocha – Brown Ene

Nekwa – Paul Igwe

Nne – Victor Iyke

Obiakpor – Evan Okechukwu

 

Best Movie Southern Africa:

Kukuri – Philippe Talavera

Dalitso – Abraham Kabwe

Kwacha – Cassie Kabwikta

The Beautiful Hen Behind Yao Mountain – Imran Kaisi

 

 

Best Movie East Africa:

Disconnect – Iman Mueke

Lost In Time – Edijoe Mwaniki

Plan B – Sarah Hassan

94 Terror – Mulinwa Richard

 

 

Best Movie West Africa:

God Calling – Momo Spaine

Seven – Tosin Igho

Elevator Baby – Victoria Akujobi

Living In Bondage – Steve Gukas

Ratnik – Dimeji Ajibola

 

Best Television Series Drama Or Comedy:

Jenifa’s Diary – Funke Akindele

Truth – Anis Halloway

Life As It Is – Uche Odoh

Women – Uchenna Mbunabo

 

Best Picture Editor:

God Calling – Holmes Awa

Ratnik – Dimeji Ajibola

Living In Bondage – Antonio Rebeiro

Seven – Tosin Igho and Bryan Dike

Elevator Baby – Emiola Fagbenle

 

Best Art Director Movie/TV Series:

Living In Bondage – Victor Afrigold, Ayanda Carter, Jim Franklin, Zimasa Ndamase

Ratnik – Dimeji Ajibola, Iwaotan Olusola Roberts

God Calling – Omotola Alade

The Bling Lagosians – Bolanle Austen Peters

 

Best Sound Track Movie/TV Series:

King Of Boys – Sess, Reminisce & Adekunle Gold – Original Gangster

Living In Bondage – Larry Gaga & Flavour – Tene

God Calling – Ighwiyisi Jacobs – Stay With Me

The Gift – Mercy Aghedo – The Gift

Run -Timzil – Run

 

Multichoice Talent Factor:

Life of Bim – West Africa

Dreamchaser – West Africa

Ensulo – East Africa

Promises – East Africa

Savana Skies – Southern Africa

The Painting – Southern Africa

 

Best Director:

Living In Bondage – Steve Gukas, Ramsey Nouah

God Calling – Bb Sasore

The Set-Up – Niyi Akinmolayan

King Of Boys – Kemi Adetiba

Ratnik – Dimeji Ajibola

The Ghost And The House Of Truth – Akin Omotosho

Seven – Tosin Igho

 

King Of Boys, Sola Sobowale And AMAA 2019 Winners: See The Full List

Sola Sobowale and Toni Tones receive the prize for King of Boys, best Nigerian film at the event on Sunday.

 

King of Boys emerged king of Nigerian movies on Sunday night as it was adjudged ‘Best Nigerian Film’ during the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2019.

Directed and co-produced by Kemi Adetiba, ‘King Of Boys’ defeated other nominated movies – ‘The Delivery Boy’, ‘Lara and the Beats,’ ‘Makeroom,’ ‘Gold Statute,’ ‘Up North,’ and ‘Knockout Blessing’ – to clinch the prize.

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Also, veteran actress Sola Sobowale won the Best Actress or her role in the movie. She defeated Rita Dominic, Sheila Munyiva, Jill Levenberg, Beatrice Taisamo, Seyi Shay, Jemima Osunde, and Samantha Mugatsia to emerge Africa’s Best Actress.

 

Adesuwa Etomi Wellington also went home with the Best Actress in Supporting Role award.

The AMAA 2019 was hosted by actress, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Lorenzo Menakaya and comedian, Funnybone.

 

See Full List Of Winners Below…

 

Michael Anyiam Osigwe Award For Best Film by an African-born Director Living Abroad

Julius Amedume – Rattlesnakes (WINNER)

Tosin Coker – Lara and the Beats

Robert O. Peters – Makeroom

 

Best Diaspora Short Film

Bail (UK) (WINNER)

Oath Bound (UK)

Fevah (USA)

I Am Superman (Brazil)

 

Best Diaspora Documentary

Wax Print 1 FABRIC, 4 continent (UK)

The Guardian of No Return (Guadalope)

Dare to Dream (USA/CUBA)

Drugs as Weapons Against Us (USA)

My Friend Fela (Brazil) (WINNER)

 

 

Best Diaspora Narrative Feature

Nine Nights (UK)

Olympia (USA)

Traffik (US)

Hero (Trinidad and Tobago/Canada) (WINNER)

Sprinter (Jamaica)

 

Best Achievement in Production Design

Redemption (Mozambique) (WINNER)

Rafiki (Kenya)

Ellen, The Ellen Parkies Stories (S. Africa)

Urgent (Morroco)

Burial of Kojo (Ghana)

Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa)

Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda)

Delivery Boy (Nigeria)

 

Best Achievement in Costume Design

Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa)

Light in the Dark (Nigeria)

Rafiki (Kenya)

King of Boys (Nigeria)

Lara and the Beats (Nigeria)

Urgent (Morocco)

Mabata Bata (Mozambique)

Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda) (WINNER)

 

Best Achievement in Make-Up

Makeroom (Nigeria)

Gold Statue (Nigeria)

Veronica’s Wish (Uganda)

Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa)

Before the Vows (GHANA)

Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda) (WINNER)

The Burial of Kojo (Ghana)

 

Best Achievement in Soundtrack

Subira (Kenya)

Mabata Bata (Mozambique) (WINNER)

Farewell Ella Bella (S. AFRICA)

Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda)

Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa)

Lara and the Beats (Nigeria)

The Delivery Boy (Nigeria)

Redemption (Mozambique)

 

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

Makeroom (Nigeria)

Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa)

Knockout Blessing (Nigeria) (WINNER)

Mabata Bata (Mozambique)

The Delivery Boy (Nigeria)

The King of Boys (Nigeria)

Burial of Kojo (Ghana)

 

 

NFVCB Award For Best Nigerian Film

The Delivery Boy

Lara and the Beats

Makeroom

King of Boys (WINNER)

Gold Statute

Up North

Knockout Blessing

 

Best Documentary

Djambar, Sembene the Unsubmissive (Cameroun)

The State Against Mandela (South Africa)

Golden Fish, African Fish (Senegal)

Skin (Nigeria)

Khartoum Offside (Sudan) (WINNER)

Le loups d’or de Balole (Burkina Faso)

Sur Les Traces de Mamani Abdoulaye (Niger)

No Gold For Katsaka (Burkina Faso)

Mother, I am Suffocating, This Is My Last Film About You (Lesotho)

 

 

Ousmane Sembene Award For Best Film in an African Language

Makeroom (Nigeria)

Mabata Bata (Mozambique)

Rafiki (Kenya) (WINNER)

Bahasha -The Envelope (Tanzania)

Azali (Ghana)

 

Efere Ozako Award For Best Short Film

The Fisherman (Ghana)

A Tune of Kora (SENEGAL) (WINNER)

ICYASHA (Rwanda)

NAMOW2018 (KENYA)

Vagabond (GHANA)

Measure of a Woman (SA)

Mma Moeketsi (SA)

Motswakwa (BOTSWANA)

Tonight’s Opening Act (EGYPT)

Hello Rain (NIGERIA)

 

Best Achievement in Sound

The Last Victim (S. Africa)

Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa)

Makeroom (Nigeria)

The Delivery Boy (Nigeria)

The Burial of Kojo (Ghana)

Urgent (Morocco)

Mabata Bata (Mozambique) (WINNER)

Redemption (Mozambique)

 

Best Achievement in Cinematography

Mabata Bata (Mozambique)

Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa) (WINNER)

Mother, I am Suffocating, This Is My Last Film About You (Lesotho)

Redemption (Mozambique)

Rafiki (Kenya)

Delivery Boy (Nigeria)

The Burial of Kojo (Ghana)

Redemption (Mozambique)

 

Best Achievement in Editing

The Delivery Boy (Nigeria)

The Burial of Kojo (Ghana)

The Last Victim (S. Africa)

Rafiki (Kenya) (WINNER)

The Gold Statute (Nigeria)

Diamond in the Sky (Nigeria)

Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda)

Sew The Winter To My Skin (S. Africa)

 

 

Best Achievement in Screenplay

The Delivery Boy (Nigeria)

The Last Victim (S. Africa)

Rafiki (Kenya)

Diamond in the Sky (Nigeria)

Gold Statute (Morocco)

Lara and the Beats (Nigeria)

Redemption (Mozambique) (WINNER)

Up North (Nigeria)

 

Best Animation

Kitwana Journey – Kenya

Choices – Nigeria (WINNER)

Isolated- Kenya

Afrogames – Burkina Faso

 

 

Best Young/Promising Actor

Youssef Alaoui (Ayoub) URGENT

Angel Onyinyechi Unigwe (Adaeze) LIGHT IN THE DARK

Cynthia Dankwa (Esi) BURIAL OF KOJO (WINNER)

Emilio Bilo (Azarias) Mabata Bata

Jamma Ibrahim (Amir) The Delivery Boy

Catherine Credo (Neema) Fatuma

 

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Remilekun “Reminisce” Sarafu (Makanaki) King of Boys

Jarrid Geduld 9 (Abie) Ellen, The Ellen Parkies Story (WINNER)

Zolisa Xaluva (Wyatt Earp) Sew the Winter to my Skin

Kanayo O. Kanyayo (Chief Otuekong) Up North

Kobina Amissah-Sam (Kwabina) The Burial of Kojo

Bucci Franklyn (Dagogo) Knockout Blessing

 

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Eniola Shobayo (Vivian) Knockout Blessing

Linda Ejiofer (Oby) Knockout Blessing

Kandyse McClure (Golden Eyes) Sew the Winter to My Skin

Adesua Etomi (Kemi) The King of Boys (WINNER)

Joke Silva (Mama Jumoke) Light in the Dark

Arlete Bombe (Mia) Redemption

 

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Gabriel Afolayan Gold Statue

Joseph Otsiman (Kojo) The Burial of Kojo

Chinedu Ikedieze (Big Chi) Lara and the Beats

Jimmy Jean Louis (Robert McQueen) Rattlesnakes

Gil Alexandre (Bruno) Redemption

Marc Zinga (Mercy of the Jungle) (WINNER)

Ezra Mabengeza (Samson) Sew The Winter To My Skin

Ayoub Bombwe ( Mwanyusi ) Fatuma

 

 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Sheila Munyiva (Ziki) Rafik

Rita Dominic (Jumoke Arinze) Light in the Dark

Jill Levenberg (Ellen) The Ellen Parkies Story

Beatrice Taisamo (Fatuma) Fatuma

Seyi Shay (Lara) Lara and the Beats

Sola Sobowale (Eniola) King of Boys (WINNER)

Jemima Osunde (Nkem) The Delivery Boy

Samantha Mugatsia (Kena) Rafiki

 

Best Director-First Feature Film

Blitz Bazawule – The Burial of Kojo (Ghana) (WINNER)

Adekunle “Nodash” Adejuyigbe – The Delivery Boy (Nigeria)

Sippy Chadha – Subira (Tanzania)

Nicole Amarteifo – Before the Vows (Ghana)

 

Best Director

Wanuri Kahui – Rafiki (Kenya)

Adekunle “Nodash” Adejuyigbe – The Delivery Boy (Nigeria)

Daryne Joshua -Ellen, The Ellen Parkies Story (S. Africa)

Jahmil X. Qubeka – Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa) (WINNER)

Kemi Adetiba – King of Boys (Nigeria)

Mohcine Besri – Urgent (Morocco)

Mickey Fonseca – Redemption (Mozambique)

Joël Karekezi- Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda)

 

Best Film

Rafiki (Kenya)

Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda) (WINNER)

The Delivery Boy (Nigeria)

Ellen, The Ellen Parkies Story (S. Africa)

Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa)

Redemption (Mozambique)

King of Boys (Nigeria)

Urgent (Morocco)