The Nigerian movie industry is one of the most prolific in the world. However, it’s realistic to say that quantity trumps quality in Nollywood.
However, in recent times, innovative Nigerian film makers have injected a breath of fresh air into the industry.
At the forefront of this movement is Kunle Afolayan who has garnered critical acclaim for productions such as “The figurine” as well his latest movie “The CEO”.
Despite the progress made by innovative film makers, a plethora of challenges remain. The major challenge is piracy as well as the absence of an organized distribution system in Nigeria.
Kunle Afolayan’s much criticized interview where he pointed fingers at the Pirates and confessed that he wasn’t able to make any money off his movie “October 1” is still fresh in our minds.
The Bank of Industry has stepped in to ease some of these troubles. After setting up what it calls the “Nolly fund”, the bank of industry has extended loan facilities to film makers.
They’re taking it a step further by investing in setting up a movie distribution system. The first recipient of the Nolly fund is kunle Afolayan who has commenced filming of his new movie titled “The CEO”
The movie, which will be shot in four locations including Paris, ivory coast and Lagos boasts some of Nigeria’s finest actors.
I caught up with kunle Afolayan and his crew on set at the beautiful Inagbe grand resorts. The Managing Director of the bank of industry was also in attendance.