A veteran’s account of Kunle Afolayan’s current film project, The CEO, has indicated that another blockbuster movie is about to come out of Nigeria.
Conveying is impression via a private message sent to the filmmaker on Thursday, Nigerian screenwriter, cinematographer, film director and producer Tade Ogidan said: “I woke up quite excited about the story telling strength and the creative and technical qualities in the CEO movie. You have done your dad proud with each new project. You have done your family proud. You have done your industry proud. You have done your fore bearers in the film industry proud. You will do your nation and the rest of Africa proud, especially with this new project, CEO. I am sincerely proud of you.”
OGD as he is fondly called inked his excitement, after seeing a rough cut of the pan-African film at Afolayan’s studio on Bayo Kuku street, Ikeja, Lagos, praising the courage of the filmmaker in the face of the challenges comfronting the Nigerian film industry.
He said: “You are now like a bull that has charged into a chinaware shop of film obstacles. You demolish all the myths, fears and film making challenges with insane dare, grit and unstoppable determination. Now, that is good. God will always make all good things doable for you.”
Recall that Ogidan expressed similar love to Afolayan when the latter inked a deal with Air France as the airline’s Brand Ambassador. OGD was so excited for Kunle, that he didn’t just call to congratulate the young filmmaker, but staged a surprised soiree in his Surulere home, inviting other celebrities to a cake cutting, as they toasted to the feat recorded by this younger colleague of his.
Only recently, Afolayan released the trailer of The CEO, kicking off promotions for the pan African movie.
The CEO is Afolayan’s biggest movie yet, with part funding of N50 million as loan from the much publicised Bank of Industry’s NollyFund.
With the 2:30 min trailer, first released on Channels TV website, views and downloads had, within 12 hours, hit a million mark on YouTube, Facebook and other social media platforms, an indication of fans’ eagerness for the cross cultural movie.
The CEO is coming on the heels of October 1, Afolayan’s psychological thriller and his fourth shot at filmmaking after Irapada, Figurine and Phone Swap.
Interestingly, Cote d’Ivoire cinema is yearning for a July 2016 release and has sent their terms, coming from the country’s popular distributors, Majestic Cinemas. Afolayan revealed that the film which will be ready before the end of February will be distributed in Nigeria by Silverbird Cinema, just as it is also targeting targeting South Africa’s over 50 cinemas and other African countries. He added that preparations are on ground for massive festival routing beginning from the first quarter of this year.