Award-winning filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan was spotted last weekend, at the popular Inagbe Grand Resorts & Leisure, Lagos, where he’s currently on location shooting his latest movie,The CEO.”
Pundits have been wondering why the multiple-award winning film maker decided to storm the nature-suffused Resorts to shoot his big-budget movie. But from our investigation, Afolayan was attracted to the Resorts,which is nestling between the Lagos lagoon and the magnificent Atlantic Ocean, following the exquisite scenic views of both abundant water bodies and new world of unforgettable experience that it provides to adventurous beings.
Afolayan was spotted, having fun and at the same time, shooting with his cast and crew last Saturday at the Resorts, which seats on over 3 million square meter land within a 100 kilometer stretch Island along the Atlantic Ocean.
Earlier last week, Afolayan unveiled the cast and crew of the movie made up of actors with diverse potentials such as singing, and modeling, a renowned set designer and a highly skilled Director of Photography among others, at a media parley.
The cast include Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, entertainer and activist from Benin, Angélique Kidjo; Haitan actor and model Jimmy Jean-Louis, best known for his role as The Haitan on the NBC television series Heroes; consummate actor, and founder of the New Nigeria Cinema movement, Wale Ojo; French-Ivorian actress and model, Aurelie Eliam; South African actor and presenter, Nicolaos Panagiotopoulos; Nigerian actress, Kemi Lala Akindoju; Moroccan star, Fatim Layachi; Kenyan actor Peter King, and Nigerian actress, Hilda Dokubo among others.
Afolayan expressed gratitude to all sponsors, including the Bank of Industry,BoI, from which he got a loan under the BoI NollyFund scheme. Others are Air France, Africa Magic, DStv, Adron Homes and Properties Ltd., K-Square Securities, and Inagbe Grand Resorts and Leisure.
Arthur Dieffent haler, Commercial Manager of Air France/KLM, sponsors of The CEO, reiterated the commitment of Air France to the development of arts and entertainment in Africa.
This is a unique project and film which is a great avenue to export culture to touch people’s lives. For us at Air France, we don’t partner with just anybody. In the area of quality, we decided to choose Kunle because we believe that this movie will break bounds and move over Africa overboard,” said Dieffenthaler. Angelique Kidjo who maintained that she is passionate about using music to export the culture of Africa to the rest of the world appears to have found an ally in Afolayan, who is using film to achieve the same purpose.
She noted that she accepted to play a role in the movie because it suits her aspiration as one who has been using music to propagate the ideals of the continent.
“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 African race, and in 2050, Africa will be the largest continent in the world?,”she said.