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From TV to the Big Screen! Nigerian Soap Opera Sweetheart Carol King stars in “The Gods Are Still Not To Blame” alongside Ireti Doyle, Nobert Young, Gabriel Afolayan & More | Speaks on Her Family, Career & Movie Role

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She is often referred to as the Queen of Nigerian Soap Operas for her excellent interpretation of roles in more than a few TV productions. In most cases, she plays the role of a good and strict mother and her remarkable depiction of such characters has made her a favourite and a household name.
The veteran actress, Carol King, has been acting for more then 13 years, but started off with radio dramas and voice overs as a teenager.
She is popularly known for her role as Jumoke – wife to Bode Johnson (played by Ignis Ikwe) in the flagship TV drama, ‘Everyday People’. She has also featured in several soap operas including ‘I Need To Know’, ‘Everyday People’, ‘Edge of Paradise’, ‘Tinsel’ and ‘Blaze of Glory’. She is not only a talented screen actress but a stage actress and has featured in ‘V Monologues’, ‘Ajayi Crowther’, ‘Five Maidens of Fadaka’, ‘Prison Chronicles’ among others.
Recently, the TV star featured in a soon to be released movie “The Gods Are Still Not To Blame”. The movie has been creating some major buzz and while it being anticipated by many because of the interesting cast and unique story, I was curious about her role in it and why she decided to be a part of the project.
I recently caught up with her and she graciously spoke about her career, family and making a debut on the big screen.

Most people know you as the “good mother” in several TV dramas, but now you are making a debut on the big screen. Is this your first movie role?
No, this isn’t my first. I actually did a Yoruba movie called ‘Pasito Dehinde‘ years ago and another one about five years ago which I can’t remember the title now.

That’s a long time ago. But I’m sure you’ve had more movie roles offered to you since then. Why have you been absent from the movie scene?
Not to blow my horn, if you look at the history of my work, they are believable. The story has to appeal to me. I have to see that people are informed and educated and transformed by whatever project I get involved in. I’ve been getting several offers but I didn’t feel strongly about it but when this one came along, I knew this was it.

Tell me about your role in “The Gods Are Still Not To Blame”.
I play Queen Niniola. She is the one whom the story is built around. She is married to a King and when she was pregnant with her first child, there was a prophecy that the child she was carrying was a boy who would grow up to kill his father and marry his mother. The King along with other people thought of killing the child, but the person they gave the child to to kill didn’t kill him. So the child grew up in another place and ended up coming back to that kingdom to kill his father and marry his mother. The prophecy actually came to pass.

Is this a traditional epic movie?

It’s based on book that was written by Ola Rotimi and he had written an African view point of the story from the Greek mythology. But the director, Funke Fayoyin made it more contemporary, so no, it’s not very traditional. I like the fact that it’s a common story, everyone can relate to it but I love the approach she took to it.

You said you were drawn to scripts with a strong message. What is the message in this movie that drew you in?
The journey of our lives is something that has been ordained. We are going to go through it, no matter what. It is the gravity of it that might be the question here but we definitely will tread those paths. Also, what is good is good and what is bad is bad. A young boy went against the natural laws and married a woman his mother’s age which of course wouldn’t go well. It’s a lesson for everybody; let’s look beyond the physical. There is always a spiritual undertone to everything we do and we should be cautious.

I couldn’t help but notice the subtle ways the love scenes were depicted in a clip of the movie I just watched. What is your take on the more daring approach Nigerian movies are now taking to love scenes and nudity?
Romantic scenes should be presented in a way that appeals to people, that doesn’t put them off, so that people don’t feel they bought a pornography movie by mistake. As much as we want to advance in the industry, I believe strongly that there are limits. Also, not to sound hypocritical, there are some things we shouldn’t just do out there. We need more directors who are creative, who want to tell a story that a man and woman are intimate but do not abuse the viewers’ sensibilities while doing so.

Tell me more about your family. How many children do you have and what are their ages?
I have three. My first son is 29, the second boy is 20 and my last girl would be 12 this month.

Wow! You sure did give some space between your children. Was this deliberate?

The space between my last two children wasn’t intentional. I actually wanted to have another one right before my second son but the Lord knows better. He gave her to me at the right time.

I’m always drawn to your remarkable depiction of the motherly roles you play in soap operas. How did you come about being a favourite for the “good” and “strict” mother roles?
First of all, I would say it wasn’t something I set out to do. I think it’s more of the short sightedness of directors and producers in the industry. When a director gives you a role and you kill that role, they can’t see you in anything else. When a writer is writing any role that has a good mother, its Carol King they are thinking of. So I decided I wanted more challenging roles that is why I stayed off for so long and when this one came up, I took it. It wasn’t an intentional thing.

How do these roles connect with the kind of mother you are in real life?
Talking about whether it translates into my personal life, I’d say you can’t give what you don’t have. It’s the basic thing but that is not to say I’m the best mother; that is for God, my children and my husband to say.

Are you going to be featuring in more movies from now on?
I would love to do more of films but I would continue to be picky. The story has to appeal to me.

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About the Movie
The Gods Are Still Not to Blame is a modern cinematic adaptation of a classical Greek play ‘Oedipus Rex’ and the famous Ola Rotimi play,’The God’s Are Not To Blame’.

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.

Check out some behind the scene photos from the movie set.
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Watch the trailer

“The Gods Are Still Not To Blame” would premiere at Silverbird Galleria on Friday 19th April 2013. This is definitely a movie to watch out for!

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

30 Comments

  1. HRS

    April 18, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I live Carol King!!!! She interprets her roles wella!!! 🙂 Looking forward to watching this movie!!! Esp with Gabriel Afoloyan and Ireti Doyle starring in it!

  2. omotee

    April 18, 2013 at 10:53 am

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    i need to watch this movie.

  3. Retrochic

    April 18, 2013 at 11:04 am

    i must watch this muvee

  4. mamamia

    April 18, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I love her ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh………….U neeed to watch Edge of Paradise to appreciate her acting very well. Love u mama

  5. HRS

    April 18, 2013 at 11:11 am

    *Love

  6. Havoc

    April 18, 2013 at 11:24 am

    “She is often referred to as the Queen of
    Nigerian Soap Operas” by who?
    Not to say she isn’t, of course, but where has she (or anyone else for that matter) ever been given that title, apart from this site?

    • Repair

      April 18, 2013 at 11:49 am

      @Havoc Google is your friend. Don’t come here and display your ignorance. If you’ve never heard of that phrase, then Google it.
      I took the liberty of helping you and this is what I came up with http://www.nigeriafilms.com/news/12056/14/caroline-king-my-man-comes-before-acting.html
      Are you satisfied?

    • Havoc

      April 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Accusations of “ignorance” from a person who brings up a link to one article to buttress a claim of something that is “often” done. Lord. The internet is ridiculous.

  7. damsel

    April 18, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I love Carol Kings acting and moreover she is a very beautiful woman.

  8. x factor

    April 18, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Oh yes I looove this woman… she is simply in a class of her own…..
    Now this is a movie to look forward to….

  9. Hurperyermie

    April 18, 2013 at 11:58 am

    i cant wait to watch this

  10. MacD

    April 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Nice looking forward to it.

    check http://www.emekamacdonald.blogspot.com

  11. Omowumi

    April 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Dear BN, is today Saturday? *crosschecks calendar*

  12. Partyrider

    April 18, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I loved her from Edge of paradise..she’s a great actress.
    The movie is definitely a must watch..the cast is excellent! Ireti Doyle, Norbet young, bukky ajayi ahhhhhh it’s a must oh..

  13. luu

    April 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    i love Carol King,but most of all,i love her command of english.Its just so impeccable,i wish our young actresses could really learn how to speak more appropriately e.g Madam Poko…..just saying.

  14. kbaby

    April 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    yeah i love Carol King, she is my hubby’s best actress she interpretes her roles very well n her command of english is truly good.

  15. Ademoore

    April 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Errrrrmm.. I think I’ve had enough of Sophocles’ ‘Oedipus the king’ turned Ola Rotimi’s ‘the gods are not blame’ already.. Wale Adenuga did the best translation on screen with his ‘super story’ you guys should goan rest joor and come up with original stories, not relying on cheap history all the time.. The only saving grace y’all have is the league of professionals u used, I duff my hat for the cast members, makes for an interesting watch… Looking forward to the premiere..

  16. nich

    April 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    nigerian movies are gradually edging ghana movies out especially now that quality is coming to nollywood.

  17. comment waiting moderation!

    April 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    She is really good,but haven’t I watch this story ,featuring Pete Edochie?

  18. Ebun

    April 18, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    “It is what we tell opon that opon will hear” lolsss

  19. Just saying...

    April 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Gabriel Afolayaaaannnnnnnnnn
    BN, abeg interview my guy nau…
    Biko!

    • Msunderstood

      April 19, 2013 at 3:09 am

      That guy is an actor with capital A. Genes can’t be underestimated, d Adelove thing/acting skills (his dad) shine thru. Have u seen him madam dearest?

  20. cathy

    April 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    she is a wonderful actress

  21. babs

    April 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Movie a must watch with all the cast.But i also wish to correct the error about the writer of the film.It was written by OYEFUNKE FAYOYIN and not OTTUN as quoted.

  22. Idak

    April 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Now this is a proper actress.
    Well done Madam.

  23. The Fairy GodSister

    April 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    If Carol King is in the film, I can’t wait to watch it!

  24. nene

    April 18, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    these are ACTORS!

  25. Pd

    April 19, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Aunty carol…..great actor and a wonderful person! Must watch for me.

  26. dammylee

    April 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Bella, i am pleading, where is my afolayan. He is what i call a young nollywood actor. likes of all this yeye actors wey no fi act, beg follow gabriel and you will see what i call naturality.

  27. salsera

    May 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    yay- would love to watch this

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