“ANIKULAPO Soundtrack Album Release – Folk Music at its best.”
The track is produced by the music arm of Afolayan’s KAP hub.
Set in the ancient city of Ibadan, the film centers on the story of (Remi Kunle) Saro, a young cloth weaver, who was raised by a mystical bird after he was beaten to death for having an affair with (Bimbo Ademoye) Arolake, the Alaafin’s youngest wife.
Producer and director, Kunle Afolayan has hinted at a sequel to his much-talked-about movie Anikulapo.
“I started working on Anikulapo six years ago and I wanted to make a series because it is a story that I feel would stretch like Game of Thrones,” he said on Channels Television’s Sunrise programme on Saturday.
The 47-year-old said he pitched the idea to international streaming and production company Netflix but the firm advised him to make it a film and continue the story depending on the reception.
Asked whether the recently released movie will get a sequel, Afolayan said, “Yea; the whole world wants the story to continue.”
Anikulapo, which translates as ‘death in the pouch, centres on a stranger who strikes an illicit affair with one of the king’s young wives, which eventually gets him sentenced to death after the affair was discovered.
The deeply cultural movie featured veteran actors such as Sola Sobowale, Bimbo Ademoye, Kunle Remi, Hakeem Kae Kazeem, Taiwo Hassan, Aisha Lawal, Moji Afolayan, Adebayo Salami, Eyiyemi Afolayan, Ariyiike Dimples, Omo Ologede, Yemi Elebuibon, and many others.
Giving a behind-the-stage revelation of the movie on Saturday, Afolayan said the movie is an excerpt from Odu Ifa (Ifa literary corpus).
He said most times Muslims and Christians take lessons from chapters of the Qu’ran and Bible respectively and he thought of bringing some lessons out of a parable in Odu Ifa which is an embodiment of the Yoruba divination system.
The movie maker said his goal is to inform, entertain, educate and communicate cultural values. “I want to tell stories that capture values, cultural values, family values and all of that without necessarily neglecting the essence of why we do content which is entertainment,” he explained.
Afolayan further said that everything about the computer-generated imagery of the movie and other parts of production were done in Nigeria.
‘Oscar committee a mess’
On the controversy surrounding the snub of Anikulapo, Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman and King of Thieves by the Oscar selection committee, Afolayan said “it is just a shame” and a “mess” that Oscar committee members didn’t accept three solid epic films that could have represented Nigeria globally.
The producer advised Oscar to review its movie selection process, saying committee members are producers who could be political too.
“We ensured that we met all the criteria…If you have a film that qualified, why would eight members of the committee say no film is eligible? So, up till now, they haven’t come to explain what they mean by no film is eligible,” he said.
Producer and director, Kunle Afolayan has reacted to his movie Anikulapo snub by the Oscar selection committee.
The movie centres on a stranger who strikes an illicit affair with one of the King’s young wives, which eventually gets him sentenced to death after the affair was discovered.
Last month, Nigeria’s Oscar Selection Committee announced they had received three Yoruba-language submissions: Aníkúlápó, Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman and King of Thieves. They would go on to determine they would not enter because a majority of the selection committee voted that all three films were “non-eligible.
Afolayan had partnered with Netflix, and the movie was produced and shot by Jonathan Kovel at the recently launched KAP resort in a village in Oyo State.
The 47-year-old made clear his opinion in an Instagram post via his official handle on Monday.
“I am so pleased and delighted that the whole world has decided to tag Amikulapo film a masterpiece even though the Nigerian selection committee thinks it’s not worth submitting to the Oscars,” a disappointed Afoloyan wrote.
“Will keep making and doing my thing.”
In spite of the rejection, Anikulapo has received positive reviews from the audience and critics alike.
“Anikulapo is not just any other movie but one that will leave a lasting impression on its audience,” Prolific filmmaker, Tunde Kelani said about the movie.
A certain Twitter user also said “A funny retelling of the popular Netflix movie ANIKULAPO from the POV of Arolake and Saro.”
A funny retelling of the popular Netflix movie ANIKULAPO from the POV of Arolake and Saro
The movie also boasts of a strong powerhouse of actors comprised of Sola Sobowale, Bimbo Ademoye, Kunle Remi, Hakeem Kae Kazeem, Taiwo Hassan, Aisha Lawal, Moji Afolayan, Adebayo Salami, Eyiyemi Afolayan, Ariyiike Dimples, Omo Ologede, Yemi Elebuibon,
Nigerian filmmaker, Tunde Kelani, has directed a film based on the life and times of the late Àpàlà musician, Ayinla Yusuf, popularly known as Ayinla Omowura.
Produced by Jade Osiberu, the film will follow the tragically short but impactful musical career of the legendary Apala music star.
The trailer shows off the film’s star-studded cast; Kunle Afolayan, Bimbo Manuel, Bimbo Ademoye, Ade Laoye while Omowunmi Dada and Adedimeji Lateef play principal characters.
Unveiling the trailer, Osiberu wrote on Instagram, “Greoh Studios is very proud to partner with legendary filmmaker, Tunde Kelani to bring you this masterpiece inspired by the life and times of Ayinla, Omowura.”
Distributed by FilmOne, ‘Ayinla’ has been confirmed for a June 18 nationwide release.
Ayinla Omowura’s Biopic “Àyìnlá” which looks into the legendary Apala musician’s life is closer to coming to the silver screen.
The Ayinla Omowura biopic “Àyìnlá” produced by Tunde Kelani just finished filming and now we’re one step closer to seeing the film on the big screen. The motion picture will tell the story of Ayinla’s rise to fame.
The biopic of the Apala musician, Ayinla Waheed Yusuf, popularly known as Ayinla Omowura’s life who was born in 1933, is considered to be one of the most original Yoruba musicians of post-colonial Nigeria. His music was popular in South-West Nigeria in the 70s. He was killed by one of his band members during a brawl in Abeokuta, Ogun State in 1980.
The biopic will star Lateef Adedimeji as the lead character and will also feature Bimbo Manuel, Kunle Afolayan, Omowunmi Dada, Ade Laoye, and many other Nollywood favourites.
The cast celebrated the end of filming and thanking everyone for their hard work on the movie.
The film is expected to be released in 2021, all things being equal.
Just days after the release of the critically acclaimed Kunle Afolayan film, Citation, producers of the film have announced that one of the main camera assistants, Yinka Adewale, has now joined the United States army.
Adewale had bagged a masters’ degree in film and media production from the New York Film Academy before she began her journey on the set of citation earlier in the year.
According to the production company, her diligence and dedication could be spotted from a mile away and although she is now making a big career switch, she would always remain a big part of the family.
Meanwhile, as of Monday, Citation which explores the topical sex-for-grades issue in Nigerian higher institutions has now been ranked as one of the top 10 most popular movies on Netflix across the world.
Chairman of First Bank, Dr Ibukun Awosika, has made a surprise debut in Kunle Afolayan‘s upcoming movie, ‘Citation’, one news coming as a big surprise in the entertainment industry.
Sharing the news on Instagram on Monday, filmmaker, Afolayan, said that the choice of Dr Awosika is due to her leading impact in women’s leadership and advocacy.
The movie was shot in Obafemi Awolowo University and in three countries, and it focuses on the ordeals faced by female students in Nigerian Universities.
Dr Awosika plays the role of the university faculty dean, heading the senate hearing panel of a female postgraduate student (Moremi), played by Temi Otedola, who has been a victim of sexual harassment.
“It all began in 2018 with the pre-production of Citation, then the production in January 2020, and now the 30th of August, we officially had the first private screening of Citation at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).
“Why OAU? Well, not only was Citation shot at the University, but our surprise cast is an alumna of the school.”
Other major casts include; Jimmy Jean Louis, Sadiq Daba, and Gabriel Afolayan.
“Now, the exciting gist for the day! While observing the COVID-19 preventive measures at the exclusive screening, it was an honour to welcome both the principal authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University and friends of the institution. This was the moment we unveiled our surprise cast
“Playing the role of the university faculty dean, heading the senate hearing panel of Moremi (Temi Otedola) and Lucien (Jimmy-Jean Louis), we present Dr. Mrs Ibukun Awosika!
“You may know her as the chairman of First Bank Nigeria, an entrepreneur, an author, or a motivational speaker, but we know her for what she represents – women’s leadership, which is the sole objective of Citation. Her actions and initiatives for change in Africa and women empowerment is one to be desired.”
The movie, written by Tunde Babalola, goes “beyond the act of sexual harassment, it’s centered on how to address such a situation in the University”.
The award-winning filmmaker said the production is a result of a partnership with the Ford Foundation and it aims at propelling women to become great leaders.
“On that note, although Citation is ready but yet to be released, we are pleased to announce that it will be available for private screenings in September and October 2020.”
The Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood, once again dominated the African movie stage as it received the highest numbers of nomination for the 2017 installment of the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
In the general competitive categories, Nollywood earned 43 nods from a total of 136 beating its closest rival the South-African movie industry by more than fifteen nominations.
Nigerian films also recorded a surprising three nominations from four in the Best Animation category which had never been a strong genre within the Nigerian movie circle. The animations include Abiola Tayo-Afolabi’s ‘Gyrow’ about malaria.
Izu Ojukwu’s ‘76’, Kunle Afolayan’s ‘CEO’, Steve Goukas’ ‘93 Days’ and Curtis Graham’s ‘Oloibiri’ earned multiple nominations in various categories including in technical and acting classes.
Also, Nollywood provides two contenders for the coveted award for Best Film in Izu Ojukwu’s ‘76’ and ’93 Days’ about the dark days when Nigeria battled the Ebola disease virus in 2014.
Multiple Grammy Award winner Angelique Kidjo goes head-to-head with Somkele Idhalama from ’93 Days’, Taiwo Ajai Lycet from ‘Oloibiri’, Theresa Edem from ‘Ayamma’ for the Best Supporting Actress prize for her role as the enigmatic Dr Zimmerman in kunle afolayan’s ‘CEO’.
Nollywood, despite all its critical commendations and international recognition even at the world stage when it headlined a segment of the Toronto International Film Festival, failed to provide a worthy candidate in the cinematography category.
Shaibu Husseini, a member of the AMAA jury, explained that the category considered a combination of camera works and lighting to determine who deserved a nomination.
“For us cinematography is beyond drone shots,” Husseini said in a telephone conversation with Entertainment News on Channels Television.
“We found out that some of the movies didn’t do well when you consider camera and lighting as a unit. Some of them to many static shots, while the ones with beautiful camera movement lacked quality lighting”.
Music icon, King Sunny Ade, A.K.A KSA, has recently become the first Nigerian to receive a special honour by Hard Rock.
KSA has consistently wowed many with his music and dexterity on the guitar as well as showmanship that has endeared him to many, both home and abroad.
His beautiful performance has earned him two Grammy award nominations and three features in Hollywood flicks.
The multi-instrumentalist, today stands as a world music legend in his own right, making his induction into the Hard Rock Hall of Fame, something of little surprise.
At the ceremony which took place in Lagos, Mark Redguard, a curator, giving his citation said: “KSA who came to Lagos in 1963, bought his first guitar from Victor Olaiya, also a legend musician, for one pound and nine shillings.
“The journey had continued for over 50 years and still soaring, Redguard stated.
Sunny Ade donated one of his world cherished acoustic instruments, a Fender Telecast guitar to the Hard Rock Hall of Fame.
The guitar which is known for its commercial success dated back to the 1950’s.
According to him, he used the same guitar for his Synchro-System album in 1983, which nominated him for his first Grammy Awards.
Describing how priceless the instrument was to him, KSA said that he communed with it like a human and stated all musical desires to be accomplished by it.
Handing over the autographed vintage Fender Guitar to the Hard Rock Hall of Fame, he was supported by various Nigerian musicians such as Don Jazzy, Iyanya, Tiwa Salvage, film maker, Kunle Afolayan, and comedian, Bovi who equally eulogized him.
Redguard believes that all Sunny Ade’s past accomplishments landed him the first Nigerian to be honoured at the Hard Rock Hall of Fame among other notable mentions like Carlo Santana, Jimmy Hendricks, Michael Jackson, Elton John, and many more.
The Legacy of colonial era film maker, Adeyemi Afolayan, popularly known as ‘Ade love’, is set to return to mainstream, as his classic films including the Taxi Driver series and Kadara, get special screening, to celebrate the life and times of one of the pioneers of African cinema.
Leading the charge to bring back some of the his works, is prominent film maker and son of Ade love, Kunle Afolayan, who has earned many accolades as a film maker himself.
“Concerning the ‘Ade love’ 20 years remembrance, it is like a dream for me, because this man passed 20 years ago and we’ve never really celebrated him.
“Apart from the fact that he was my father, he has given some of us life,” he told Channels Television.
Furthermore, he said that he was looking forward to the event because “there were so many things we would reveal to people that they don’t know about, as far as film making in Africa is concerned, as far as cinema is concerned, as far as the guy himself is concerned”.
He also hinted that the Ade love family would put together a stage performance to entertain the audience on the big day.
According to Afolayan, the feedback so far from people, both those from his father’s generation and the younger generation, who don’t know so much about him, already shows him that the event is indeed one to look forward to.
The new generation film maker, who has equally continued to grace the Nigerian cinema with his unique productions, said this would be an opportunity for people to experience what film making really used to be way back.