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Afolayan on the march for another blockbuster

Kunle Afolayan has started shooting another film titled ‘The CEO’ after the success of his last movie, October 1, which brought him a lot of accolades.

After October 1 had won him several awards home and away, pirates pounced on it even when he has yet to release it.

But his dream appears bigger than those of the intellectual robbers as he is so ambitious in The CEO that it will be shot in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Morocco and Paris.

He disclosed the cast last Thursday at the Inagbe Resort in Lagos, where he said that the multi-lingual movie would showcase different cultures, attires and music.

While Nigerian stars such as Wale Ojo, Hilda Dokubo and Kemi Lala-Akindoju are on set, among the foreign actors in the cast are Grammy Award-winning singer, Angélique Kidjo; Haitan actor and model, Jimmy Jean-Louis, best known for his role as The Haitan on the NBC television series Heroes; French-Ivorian actress and model, Aurelie Eliam; South African actor and presenter, Nicolaos Panagiotopoulos; and Moroccan star, Fatim Layachi.

Afolayan has the support of some corporate organisations on the project. As a result, officials of the likes of Air France, Africa Magic, DStv, Adron Homes and Properties Ltd., K-Square Securities and Inagba Grand Resorts and Leisure were at the event.

While Airfrance, which recently unveiled Afolayan as its ambassador, is flying the cast across location countries, Afolayan is said to have got a loan from BoI, under the bank’s NollyFund scheme.

The event was also attended by notable filmmakers, Tunde Kelani and Tade Ogidan, and senior officers of sponsoring companies.

Among the people who commended Afolayan and expressed support for him, Kidjo noted that she was happy with the way he was advancing cinema on the continent.

She said, “Kunle and I have the same approach. I try to bring my music beyond my country. For me, this music is beyond Nigeria. If we have a vision of giving so much to this world, we will make an impact in our African story and that’s what Kunle is trying to do. It’s the dream of the Arican race, and in 2050, Africa will be the largest continent in the worldý.”

The CEO tells the story of TransWire Communications, a global phone network with major operation in Nigeria. The CEO, an expatriate, has retired; hence the Global Chairman has decided to send five nominees among his most senior-level staff across Africa on a leadership course in order to determine which one to appoint as the new CEO of Nigeria. The process that started relatively smoothly suddenly climaxed in a game of an intriguing death.

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