The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, will appear in the new film “Take Me Home,” by the renowned director, Dotun Taylor.
He said to the media: “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.”
He furthered, “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.”
Speaking on why he opted for shooting a film about Yoruba culture in the United States of America, Taylor stated that, “Hollywood is not exaggerated. It is the world’s filmmaking capital, and the experience was awesome. It is a wonderful 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.”
In a previous chat with Saturday Beats, the filmmaker claimed that the film was about the search for originality, which caused the main characters to challenge the existing quo and take initiative to discover their destinies.
Along with well-known Hollywood performers like Dave Sheridan, Amber Rivette, and Felissa Rose, the film stars Lateef Adedimeji, Bayo Bankole, and other actors.