Anikulapo seems to be simply a plot film about a young man who is fortunate to be loved by powerful women and members of the kingdoms he has found himself in. He was a beloved merchant who was always popular with the queen and other women. However, his intolerance of the queen was discovered and he was banished and nearly killed. An encounter with the mystic, aided by his wife, causes him to possess the power to bring the dead back to life. He became so famous, rich, and powerful that he began to carry too much weight on his shoulders. This, along with a love triangle caused by greed for women, causes him to be severely hurt by his first wife (the former empress). The former empress had to leave her affluent life to follow Saro just for love. Saro did not reciprocate this but only used her for other purposes - women. Saro's main enemies are women, causing his wife to leave him. However, upon learning the secret of his resurrection power, she destroyed it without his knowledge and flew out of town. A major attempt by Saro to demonstrate this power failed miserably, especially after disrespecting the king and his subjects, who had been so kind to him. He posed an impossible request to the king as a condition for resurrecting the crown prince from the dead. Having had three wives, he wanted the king's daughter before he could resurrect the dead prince. But this failed because his first wife took all the amulets of magical powers. His failure led to his final and fatal fall. This is a nice plot that teaches some of the moral lessons that are common in Yorubaland: gratitude, contentment, humility, and loyalty/faithfulness to one's loving spouse. The message is a powerful one. The costumes, creative setting, and built locations are all out of this world. Kunle Afolayan has recreated a typical 18th century Yoruba kingdom with splendid artwork.
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