A typical love story is what it is: boy meets girl, they fall in love, there’s a major conflict, they resolve it and they live happily ever after. That’s an example of what The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is all about.
Directed by Ishaya Bako, it tells a story of a struggling chef, Ope (Zainab Balogun) who returns to the Royal Hibiscus Hotel owned by her parents in Lagos after quitting her job in London. Ope begins a romance with Deji (Kenneth Okolie), a guest who is on the verge of buying the hotel.
Ideal for the season of love, the story is padded with comedic moments from the stubborn hotel staff and Ope’s busybody parents (played by Jide Kosoko and Rachael Oniga).
Guardian Life met with the lead characters, Balogun and Okolie, to discuss their role, challenges and the reception of the film.
To get an exclusive expose on their lives and their roles in the movie, pick up a copy of The Guardian Life Magazine tomorrow.