Anikulapo, which literally means “he who has death in his pouch”, is a period piece set probably in the mid-15th to 16th century in the kingdom of Oyo, at the onset of the slave trade with Portuguese sailing vessels that plied the coast of West Africa. Unlike his other 2014 period piece, October 1, Anikulapo is not historical but based on an Ifa literary corpus, “Idi Osun”, as narrated by the veteran storyteller and actor, Ifayemi Elebuibon, who also acted in the movie. Anikulapo is a tragedy. A reflection on the insatiable desires of man, betrayal and consequences.
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