TIFF 2017

'The Royal Hibiscus Hotel'

by Chelsea Phillips-Carr

18 September 2017

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The Royal Hibiscus Hotel

Director: Ishaya Bako
Cast: Zainab Balogun, Kenneth Okolie, Jide Kosoko

(EbonyLife Films)
Canada: 8 Sep 2017

Ope (Zainab Balogun), a struggling chef, decides to return to the Royal Hibiscus Hotel owned by her parents in Lagos after quitting her London job. Seeking comfort in her childhood home, things go awry when Ope begins a romance with Deji (Kenneth Okolie), a guest who just happens to be working on a deal to buy the hotel. Directed by Ishaya Bako and viewed at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017The Royal Hibiscus Hotel has all the makings of a conventional romantic comedy, but in Bako’s hands, conventionality is at its best.

The Royal Hibiscus Hotel

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