The movie is a modern dramaturgical experiment about the classical philosophical discourse concerning the concept of destiny and fate element which was started by Sophillus Sophocles (c.496-406 BC) with Oedipus Rex around 430BC by Ola Rotimi (1938-1999) with a title, The Gods are not to Blame in 1968. It justifies the opinion that man is the architect of his own fortune and misfortune. It is a contemporary movie adaptation which the society, setting and language portrays a modernism and realism.
It tells the story of a queen mother (Carol King) who tries to save her new born from being killed as suggested by the diviner. The baby was discovered to have a bad destiny-to kill his father and marry his mother. Things however go awry when 28 years after, fate brings the child in contact with his destiny.
The movie was directed by Funke Fayoyin and parades quite a good number of stars such as Carol King, Bayo Alawiye, Seun Akindele, Gabriel Afolayan, Gloria Anozie-Young, Ireti Doyle, Kareem Adepoju, Akin Lewis, Bukky Ajayi, Moji Olaiya, Nobert Young, Omowunmi Dada amongst others
The movie was written by Otun Rasheed; produced by Mohammed Ayoub and Byron Ene. Music by Femi Kuti and Mike Aremu.
'The Gods Are Still Not to Blame' movie is in Nigerian cinemas across the country after it premiered at Silverbird Galleria on Friday 19th April 2013.
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A child has just been born to king Adedoyin, while the naming ceremony is in progress, the leading clergy goes into a trance and proclaims that the baby will kill his father and marry his mother. While still trying to grapple with the situation, the traditional leader enters and proclaims the child as an unlucky messenger of the gods. The child is taken to Cameroon in order to avert the Prophecy. Twenty eighty years later, the child is also told the same prophecy Which makes him leave Cameroon for Nigeria in order to deter the prophecy but instead leads him to fulfill the prophecy. Noteworthy is that the movie takes an existentialist stance at the role of man in the fulfillment of his destiny and upholds the view that man, rather than the Supreme Force should be blamed for the consequence of his actions. It is the opinion of the director that if the baby had been allowed to live and grow up with his parents instead of living with foster parents in a foreign land probably, the prophecy would not have been fulfilled. Even if he killed and raped his mother or forced his mother, it would never have resulted in a marriage. The movie is instructive, educative, didactic, thrilling and topical.
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