Sunday, 20 September 2015

Director of BOI visits Kunle Afolayan’s movie set

THE Managing Director of Bank of Industry (BoI), Mr. Rasheed Olaoluwa, and other directors of the Bank have taken a tour of the location of Kunle Afolayan’s ongoing film production, The CEO.

The visit by the top bank executives was meant to give moral support to the filmmaker’s ingenuity.

The bank had granted the filmmaker a loan, which forms part of the budget for the pan Africa film project. Mr. Olaoluwa, who was impressed with the level of progress the filmmaker has achieved on the project so far, noted that he was at the Inagbe Grand Resort, the present location of the film production, to show solidarity to the award-winning filmmaker.

Afolayan began shoot of the film two weeks ago, unveiling an impressive cast from across Africa.

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 seriesHeroes; 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

Briefing the BoI boss on the progress he has recorded so far, Afolayan said the team will be moving to Nairobi, Kenya, and South Africa to shoot some scenes soon.

He assured his visitors that his new film will lead a revolution in African cinema.

 “It is no longer about Nigeria,” he said. “It is taking Africa to the world.”

Responding, the BoI boss said, the bank is proud to be associated with the filmmaker, who he described as a pace-setter in the movie industry in Africa.

“We are proud that you are a pace setter in this regard. You have done very successful productions in the past; we have no doubt that this film is going to be a blast.”

According to him, being the first beneficiary of the NollyFund, which the bank introduced recently to support filmmakers and to take the industry to the next level, he has no doubt that Afolayan’s new film will raise the bar in African cinema.

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