The Glo-sponsored CNN African Voices at the weekend beamed its lights on African film professionals who are showcasing the continent’s film prowess across the world.
The weekly half hour programme highlighted the activities of three Nigerians, Kunle Afolayan, B.B. Sasore and Derin Adeyokunnu, as well as an Egyptian, Bushra Rozza, who have all been outstanding in the film production industry.
Nigerian actor and filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan was born 44 years ago to the family of late iconic film actor and producer, Adeyemi Afolayan aka Ade Love.
A graduate of Economics and a banker before venturing into film making, Kunle later attended film production course at the New York Film Academy.
From 2005 to date, Kunle has produced a number of highly rated films in the country, including Irapada,the Figurine which won five major awards in theAfrican Film Academy, as well as Aroromire; Phone Swap and October 1.
October I, the thriller he produced in 2014 dominated the show at the 2015 edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, held in Lagos, carting away 10 Awards.
The other guests were the duo of B.B. Sasore and Derin Adeyokunnu, the brains behind the popular comedy movie, Banana Island Ghost.
The film was written and directed by Sasore while Adeyokunnu handled the production exclusively. The film broke box office record in 2017, grossing over 35 Million Naira in its opening week. Sasore has also gone ahead to produce a faith-based movie God Calling, scheduled for release in the last quarter of 2018.
42-year old Egyptian actress and Singer, Bushra Rozza, completes the quartet. From 2002 when she came into the arts through a comedy series tagged Youth Online, Rozza has gone ahead to participate in other series, including Emperor, The Aunt Nour and Dignitaries, which has raised her profile significantly. She has also appeared in a number of movies, starting with Alexandria New York, and others including The Game of Love, About Love and Passion, I Am Not with Them and Ouija.