OCTOBER 1: Revisiting the tortured foundations of a nation in Kunle Afolayan’s layered totem of neo-Nollywood

Nigerian Cinema has come a long way in the last decade. It has seen blossoming global exposure thanks to streaming, improved aesthetics and a growing sense that it could nail the three pillars of the business of film. The only thing missing is the prestige associated with some of the iconic forbearers of African cinema.Continue reading “OCTOBER 1: Revisiting the tortured foundations of a nation in Kunle Afolayan’s layered totem of neo-Nollywood”

FILM REVIEW; THE CEO

For the initiated, going into Kunle Afolayan’s The CEO with high hopes is to be expected, owing to his fine work on the Nigerian period piece, October 1. Unfortunately, that means the disappointment is far greater given the end product of Afolayan’s latest offering which proudly wields its pan-African tag but is saddled by a screenplay lacking finesseContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; THE CEO”

FILM REVIEW; OCTOBER 1

Kunle Afolayan’s October 1 arrives in theatres on the back of the Nigerian Independence Day. Much like the day it is set aside to commemorate, October 1 also serves us a paradox of how far we have come but, tellingly, how rooted we are in the murky waters of colonialism. Afolayan’s film uses a latter-day colonialContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; OCTOBER 1”