What Netflix’s King of Boys is saying about Nigerian politics

What Netflix's King of Boys is saying about Nigerian politics

What Netflix's King of Boys is saying about Nigerian politics

King of Boys is saying about Nigerian politics

This limited series, which is just released, reveals the dirty politics of Nigeria with some or more lessons.

The story of “King of Boys: The Return of the King” series is a fictionalized account of Alhaja Eniola Salami’s triumphs and trials. However, the subplot tells a more complex story. This is not a fictional story, but rather a realistic and reprehensible representation of politics and governance in Nigeria.

There must be checks, balances, and accountability for a government to succeed. Each authority oversees the other. The law enforcement agencies, press, legislature, judiciary, and executive.

What happens when one body is not perfect? What happens when one side uses its power without regard for being controlled? Both corruption and chaos are the realities in Nigeria, both on-screen and off-screen.

A partial judiciary

I’m going to borrow from George Orwell’s classic “Animal Farm” a quote. “All animals are equally, but some animals are more equal than other.” This is evident in the case Aare (Akin) Lewis, a high-ranking politician who is in detention and is given special treatment by a friend who is also a judge. It is hard to believe that there is no fair hearing for average Nigerians, who may not be friends with Judges or can’t afford lawyers.

Shadow government

The executive is the highest-ranking government body, but the rest of the government must work in isolation to ensure proper balance and avoid excesses. In Nigeria, however, the executive holds all power and can give it to anyone they wish. Worse, the executive is just an image that represents and does the biddings for a shadow government.

A cult, a committee, a group, a gang or cabal, or a circle. An influential group that uses financial and street muscle to intimidate their colleagues and the masses. They insert and remove, they appoint or replace.

Jumoke Randle (Nse Ikpe Etim) said during her clandestine trip to Aare that:

“He (the Governor) thinks the match is won on pitch, when in reality you and I know that it is decided in backrooms long before play has even begun.”

So, Nigerian politicians are puppets under the control of their masters. It’s not surprising that the governor of Lagos blamed the Lekki Massacre of the 20th October 2020 on “forces beyond our control.”

Persecuted journalism

This is Dapo Banjo (EfaIwara) exploring. Young journalist passionate about finding the truth. Eniola Salami’s manipulation and manipulation of the presidential election was discovered. He is then sent a bomb by mail.

This assassination technique is a sad nod towards Dele Giwa, a prominent journalist and activist who was murdered by a bomb letter in 1986.

Although letter bombs are no longer fashionable, the methods of silence have become more dangerous. How do they do it? They purchase media companies. They buy the media organizations.

Incompetent security forces and unintelligent electoral body

The election results in King Of Boys declare President Mumusa, Eniola Salami, as the winners. Other aspirants start disputing the figures and accusing security forces of aiding violence during electoral polls and looting ballot boxes. It is disappointing to learn that this newscast is not true in Nigeria. This is how it became our reality.

More women are needed in politics

Eniola Salami met briefly with Gobir (Paul Sambo), chairman of an anticorruption agency. She stated in one her Yoruba adages that “The darkest pots make the whitest rice.”

Eniola is capable of bringing about real change, regardless of past convictions. Only the media, her political adversaries and the masses will see Eniola as more than an “unmarried” woman.

This sexist-cultural stigmatization in Nigerian politics, is a terrible and stupid thing! This should be condemned loudly. All levels of politics should offer equal opportunity for women to fill in the same political positions.

While I could go on about many issues Kemi Adetiba’s political thriller touches on regarding Nigerian politics, I’ll stop there with these last points concerning Electoral Processes.

From registration to voting to counting and announcements

It isn’t free and it isn’t fair.

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