“The Royal Hibiscus Hotel” Stars Zainab Balogun And Kenneth Okolie Cover Guardian Life Today
Directed by Ishaya Bako, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is a typical love story which tells of a struggling chef, Ope (Zainab Balogun) who returns to the Royal Hibiscus Hotel owned by her parents in Lagos after quitting her job in London. Ope begins a romance with Deji (Kenneth Okolie), a guest who is on the verge of buying the hotel.
Ideal for the season of love, the story is padded with comedic moments from the stubborn hotel staff and Ope’s busybody parents (played by Jide Kosoko and Rachael Oniga). The movie is layered with subplots woven to create a distinct identity for the movie. Perhaps that’s what made it sell out at its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which identified it as a “hidden gem”.
Guardian Life met with the lead characters, Balogun and Okolie, to discuss their role, challenges and the reception of the film.
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