Kemi Adetiba’s “King Women” is refreshing, feminine, brilliant and powerful.
The title “King Women” might be formidable for those who attach sentiments to certain gender-related terms, but, “King Women” doesn’t seek to intimidate.
It’s simply a web series that tells the story of some of Nigeria’s powerful women of veteran status.
The women in each episode tell their stories from their hearts. It’s the passion and sincerity with with they share their lives that evoke emotions from viewers.
“King Women” is an interview-based series by Adetiba. As the host, she understands how to build relationships with her interviewees and get them to share their unheard stories.
So far, from TY Bello, Tara Durotoye, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett to Adesuwa Onyenekwo, these women have shared personal and candid accounts of their lives.
It’s a web series that preaches that it’s okay to make mistakes and have regrets, but, at the end of the day, the most important thing is rising.
The first episode of the series features Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, a woman who found herself a teenage mother and widow as a teenager, but, still worked hard to get an education, a career, find love, happiness and fulfilment.
One of the most inspiring episodes has to be TY Bello’s. An episode that reveals a woman who lost her father but found God at a tender age. Bello embraces her spirituality and past with an infectious pride.
With a contented smile, Bello revealed that she used to see herself as ‘dirty cement.’ She considered everyone but herself beautiful because she was sexually abused as a kid.
The smile and pride with which she spoke portrayed a woman who has blossom into a beautiful flower. A woman in state of happiness.
In an era of social media pressure, it was exciting to hear Lycett and Onyenekwo speak about authenticity. They let the viewers see how much they owe it to themselves to remain true to their identity.
“I’m on Tinsel now and they started out wearing a wig for me, and I said ‘no.’ – because if I’m on television and people are watching, make a statement about who you’re.”
“I don’t intend to please anybody because they think I’m not easy on the eye – because I don’t have a conventional look,” Lycett said.
There are millions of women struggling to live. Everyday wake up in fear, doubt, regret, low self-esteem and negativity.
What about millions who have been sexually abused? ‘King Women’ lets the audience understand that they are not alone in their struggles.
We learn from listening to them how they overcame adversity and achieved success. They also offer strength to the weak while preaching that it’s possible to rise.
The personal achievement and career successes of these ‘King Women’ are a major source of online mentorship to many.
Kemi Adetiba elevates simple conversations to a place of inspiration and empowerment and there’s currently nothing as powerful as it, online.
It is a comforting series that should inspire, encourage and comfort both men and women.