Award-winning director Kunle Afolayan is gaining more global recognition with his latest movie, The C.E.O.
The 41-year-old filmmaker was recently featured in American Magazine Variety where talked about his latest movie The C.E.O and also the challenges of Nollywood. Yesterday, The C.E.O premièred at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport in an unconventional style with guests getting a first glimpse of the movie aboard a flight from Lagos to Paris. The highly-praised movie will be getting its theatrical première on the opening night of the Nollywood Week film festival which kicks off today.
Red carpet moments from The C.E.O première at MMIA:
Described as one of the ‘helmers lensing pics with broader appeal’ by the magazine, Kunle revealed that despite the problem of piracy in Nollywood, he remains dedicated to his maturing craft and will continue to work hard to bring the best to the Nigerian movie industry. “I am surviving,” he said. “For me, it’s about the film,” he added. “It’s about making films for my kind of audience — from Africa, from anywhere.” He also talked about working on movies in other countries that are not inspired by Nigerian stories.
The C.E.O, which is Kunle’s fifth feature film, tells the story of a company whose CEO nominates five employees for a leadership retreat where they undergo series of twisted games for the next Ceo to be chosen. Shot in different locations around the world, The C.E.O features Haitian thespian Jimmy Jean-Louis, Moroccan pop star Ahmed Soultan, and Grammy Award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo.
Afolayan stated that he is confident the movie will offer a bit of escapism for Nigerians, especially with the current economic issues in the country.