In October 10, 2019, Nollywood celebrated filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan announced his new creative adventure, titled ‘Citation.
Reacting then to the viral ‘BBC Sex for Mark’ documentary, Afolayan hinted that his new film was going to deal with the social issue of sexual harrasment in higher institutions in Nigeria.
The coming weeks, Afolayan and his Golden Effects Picture crew would be seen on recce for locations in cities around Nigeria, Cape Verde Islands and Senegal.
On Thursday, January 9, the Multi-Award winning director unveiled cast for the new project, and announced that principal photography commences immediately, and the shoot would last five weeks.
Temi Otedola, last daughter of Nigerian energy tycoon, Femi Otedola, will be making her acting debut in the new movie which focuses on sexual harassment on university campuses.
Exploring a subject of social decadence in the educational sector, the new movie is a College Drama about a female postgraduate student who has to find a way of dealing with the awkward situation of sexual harassment from a lecturer.
Addressing the media on Thursday at a press conference in Lagos to unveil the journey of yet another creative endeavour in his near two-decade career, Afolayan said his company is set – after pre-production which started in October 2018 – for five weeks of shoot, beginning January 10, 2020 through February 15, 2020 in three countries.
Others starring in the movie alongside Temi, who is United Kingdom-based fashion and lifestyle blogger, include veteran Nigerian actress and director, Joke Silva; Haitian-French actor and model, Jimmy Jean-Louis; delectable Nigerian actress, Ini Edo; notable Nigerian actor, Yomi Fash-Lanso; and Ghanaian actor, Adjetey Anang.
Also starring are Nigerian actor and singer, Gabriel Afolayan; man of Ivorian theater, Bienvenu Neba; veteran broadcaster and actor, Sadiq Daba; upcoming Nollywood actress, Bukunmi Oluwashina; French-Ivorian actor and screen writer, Raymond Reboul; theatre educator, Toyin Bifarin; and veteran Nigerian film director and actor, Wole Olowomojuore, aka ‘Baba Gebu’.
According to Afolayan, he will be surprising fans, as a top personality will soon be unveiled as part of the cast.
The award winning filmmaker added that his company is partnering Ford Foundation on the project which has been designed to propel women to aspire to become successful leaders by providing counter examples to negative gender stereotypes.
Canon Central and North Africa, he noted, is also coming on board his movie project for the second time in a row, adding that CITATION will be shot with the new Canon EOS C500 MarK II camera – the first time the camera will be used in Africa.
Other partners, according to Afolayan, include Access Bank, through its W Initiative – Africa’s premier women’s financial programme focusing on inspiring, connecting and empowering women and girls; online travel portal, Flyboku, for flights and related logistics; Ajike Peoples’ Support Centre, a Non-Governmental Organisation and pet project of Mrs. Olufolake Ajike Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, First Lady of Kwara State; and Ministry of Culture and Creative Industries in Cape Verde, as main sponsors of the country’s locations of the shoot, following a meeting with Minister Abrãao Vicente and other officials during the recce in October last year.
Written by the company’s long-standing screen writer, Tunde Babalola, Citation tells the story of Moremi Oluwa (Temi Otedola), a fun-loving 21-year-old student on campus in Nigeria. Incensed at being ill-treated by a trendy university don, Lucien N’Dyare, she drags him before the University Senate.
The ensuing intrigues define Moremi’s world against that of the respected academic, in a male-dominated bastion.
Speaking further on the theme of the movie, Afolayan said, “Citation will create awareness on the different forms of violence against women and girls in the public and private sphere. It will educate the society on women’s rights and the ways to enforce these rights for the achievement of equality and tranquility.
“The movie will encourage and embolden women to stand up against mistreatment and abuse by a patriarchal society. It has also been designed to propel women to aspire to become successful leaders and thereby provide counter examples to negative gender stereotypes.”
Afolayan, through his outfit, Golden Effects Pictures, a limited liability company incorporated in July 2005 as a film production company, has produced successful and widely acclaimed blockbuster feature films namely: Irapada (Redemption) Figurine (Araromire) Phone Swap, October 1, Roti, Omugwo, The Tribunal, Hanatu, The CEO, and Mokalik.
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