Award-winning filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan is currently on set of the production of his next movie, “The CEO”. The film’s plot is about a telecoms firm looking to replace its boss. Five members of the company’s management are dispatched across Africa to find the best candidate.
The cast of the movie 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; among others.
Speaking on The CEO, Afolayan told AFP that he hopes “The CEO” could drive change in Nigeria’s Nollywood. In his words, “The CEO represents Africa as a continent. By virtue of the kind of story, the actors, the team and every element of the film to a large extent, embraces who we are as Africans.Some people are very comfortable in making low quality products because for them it is only a means of livelihood, for them they only make money.”
With a budget of more than $1 million (880,000 euros), “The CEO”, Afolayan secured financial backing from Air France in a first for the French carrier, which hopes to use his reputation to drive up its brand in Nigeria.