March 23, 2019, 6:30 P.M.

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007


in collaboration with the USC School of Cinematic Arts, O2A Media Inc.,
and the American Cinematheque,
invite you and a guest to a special screening of


King of Boys


Written and Directed by Kemi Adetiba
Produced by
Kene Okwuosa, Kemi Adetiba, and Remi Adetiba

Followed by a Q&A with Kemi Adetiba
Moderated by SCA Prof. Leander Sales

6:30 P.M. on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007



About King of Boys

King of Boys follows the story of Alhaja Eniola Salami, a businesswoman and philanthropist with a checkered past and a promising political future. She is a pillar of society — loved by many, feared by most, and truly known by a select few. As her political ambitions see her outgrowing the underworld connections responsible for her considerable wealth, she’s drawn into a power struggle that threatens everything she holds dear. To come out of this on top, she will need every ounce of the cunning, ruthlessness, and strategy that took her to the top, as well as the loyalty of those closest to her. But who can she really trust? King of Boys stars Sola Sobowale, Remilekun “Reminisce” Safaru, Adesua Etomi, Paul Sambo, illBLISS, Akin Lewis, Toni Tones, Demola Adedoyin, Osas Ajibade, Sharon Ooja, and Jide Kosoko.

Provided courtesy of the filmmaker. Not rated. Running time: 180 minutes.

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About the Guest

KEMI ADETIBA (Writer, Director, Producer)

Starting her career in the early-2000s as a radio jock on the popular Rhythm 93.7 FM, she quickly became the voice Nigeria heard on the nationally syndicated shows Soul’d Out and Sunday at the Seaside. She soon transitioned to television, appearing across Africa on the lifestyle show Studio 53 and the game show Temptation Nigeria, before becoming a nationwide figure as millions of Nigerians of all stripes welcomed her into their homes as the host of the terrestrial TV smash Maltina Dance All.

At the peak of her popularity as an on-air presence, she stepped away from the spotlight to study filmmaking at the famed New York Film Academy and returned to pursue her true calling as a storyteller, with her first short (her NYFA final project) selected to screen at the All-Africa Film Festival.

Returning to Nigeria, she rose to become one of the most respected directors in the commercial and music video spaces, directing hugely popular videos for everyone from Wizkid, to Tiwa Savage, to Olamide, and racking up numerous awards and nominations in the process.

Then in 2016 Nollywood came knocking, in the form of the ELFIKE Collective production The Wedding Party. Adetiba signed on to direct and co-write the romantic comedy, which premiered opening night at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews and sold-out screenings. It was a sign of things to come, as the movie would go on to shatter not only opening-weekend records, but triple the previous overall Nollywood box-office record.

For her second film, Adetiba reteams with Sola Sobowale and Adesua Etomi, to deliver a decidedly more sinister mother-daughter pair than the characters that made them Nigeria’s sweethearts in The Wedding Party. Written, directed, and produced by Adetiba, King of Boys is her dark love letter to Lagos, the city that raised her.

About Nollywood in Hollywood

Nollywood in Hollywood is a celebration of Nigeria’s growing cinema. From very inauspicious beginnings about twenty-five years ago, the industry grew to be the second largest in the world in terms of output. It is estimated that over 1,000 films are produced in Nollywood every year, most of them direct to video. In recent years, Nollywood films have garnered critical acclaim and have been exhibited at top film festivals. Nollywood in Hollywood is the second edition of our annual exhibition of Nigeria's best films.

The event will include screenings and networking events. It is co-presented by the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian and O2A Media Inc.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:00 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street.

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Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago