“she surrounds you with other black women who do the same. you study them, and will constantly think of all their stories, their beauty, their strife and their stride. they break down all of the archetypes and stereotypes that you see of black women on TV and in magazines, so you don’t trust those anymore. you thank them for re-writing the script before it was ever etched in your memory.” – Solange
As I read Solange’s Letter to her teenage self in Vogue, this extract felt to me like a perfect summary of Kemi Adetiba’s King Women series. King Women is an interview series that shares the story of 13 women of veteran status from Nigeria. Prior to watching the series, I was familiar with Kemi Adetiba as the director of the widely acclaimed and celebrated Nollywood movie, ‘The Wedding Party.” From the story telling, the aesthetics, the showcase of culture, the movie became an instant classic!
Whilst I wasn’t familiar with most of the women featured in the series I felt like I was in good hands and decided to give it a watch. To my surprise by the end of the first episode, I was crying alongside Taiwo Ajayi Lycett.
The tears were flowing and I found myself clapping every five minutes in the second episode because everything she was talking about from self-esteem to culture resonated with me. You ever heard of finger licking good, this was it! And I’ve been an addict of this series ever since. Not only does it pull you in, it leaves you wanting more.
The interviews are deeply insightful, emotional and inspiring. This body of work is reminiscent of Oprah’s ability to draw information out of her guests even though I believe Kemi Adetiba is undoubtedly in a league of her own. She gets all the women to open up about very intimate and personal details about their life and that’s not an easy feat. It is for this reason that this series is a must watch for everyone, regardless of whether you’re a woman or Nigerian. You simply won’t get this level of insight from these women anywhere else.
And Thank You Kemi Adetiba for producing what I truly consider to be timeless.