Zlatan Ibile Makes Acting Debut in ‘Gangs of Lagos’ After Taking Break from Music
The artist worked hard on Prime Video’s first original.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
Zlatan Ibile, a Nigerian musician, has got his first acting role in Jade Osiberu’s popular film Gangs of Lagos.
He portrays Kash, a legendary mobster in the crime drama, which premieres on Prime Video on April 7, 2023, adding to his already remarkable artistic portfolio as a street-hop artist.
In a recent interview with UK media personality Samuel Eni, the Zanku singer said that he had to stop singing to get into character momentarily.
In his words, “I took out my time. I had to like pause recording music for a while. It took us like two months or so, and then we rounded up [with the shooting of the movie]. The movie was shot in 2021.”
Zlatan also explained why he agreed to join Gangs of Lagos and how long it took him to perfect his movements. His character featured a few battle sequences as a street thug.
“I have always wanted to act. I had a picture in my head. But I didn’t want it to be just any kind of movie. So, when I was called up that they wanted me to be in a movie by Amazon Prime, I said, ‘Yes, this is the actual one I want.’ It took me months to go learn those Jet Li moves, Jackie Chan moves. It was stressful a little bit,” he added.
Zlatan is one of two performers in Gangs of Lagos. Pasuma, a famed Fuji vocalist, is also involved in the project. Tobi Bakre (in the lead character), Adesua Etomi, Eniola Badmus, Iyabo Ojo, Toyin Abraham, Yvonne Jegede, Chike, and Muiz Sanni of Ikorodu Bois are among the talented cast members.
The criminal drama, the first Amazon Original film from Africa, follows three friends as they pursue their aspirations and destiny on the perilous streets of Isale Eko. It is part of Osiberu’s three-year overall agreement with the platform.
Gangs of Lagos is now available on Amazon Prime Video.
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