I Don’t Shoot Films For Nigerians – Kunle Afolayan Explains Why


Nigeria’s foremost filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan explains why he does not fancy the idea of shooting films for his Nigerian colleagues. However, the Golden Effects boss hinted that he’s working with some top shots in the industry and their work will be available for general viewing soon.

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In a recent interaction with the media, the producer and director cum actor said he doesn’t make movies for Nigerian actors and producers, however, he is open to work with anybody as long as it does not compromise his standards as a filmmaker.

In his words,

“The first thing you need to understand is that I don’t work the way most people work. It takes me two years to make a film, in fact, once I’m done shooting a movie, I start plans towards the shooting of the next movie.”

“I have had offers and I have even had senior partners and colleagues wanting to work but directing isn’t a child’s play. When we discuss, and you tell them this is the standard, they sometimes don’t call back or I just stand my ground that since I can’t compromise, I might as well back out.”

Filmmaker kunle Afolayan

The multi-award winner says he can’t compromise several things and that is why he chose to concentrate on his productions. He also mentioned working together with some senior partners in the industry on the bill of a cable channel. You will soon see a collaboration of efforts from me and other top shots in the industry,’ he said.

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The 41-year old filmmaker is well known for five of his outstanding films. Irapada, which was released in 2006, The Figurine (2009), Phone Swap (2012), October 1 (2014), and the most recent – The CEO. Kunle Afolayan also has family members who are active in the Nigerian entertainment industry. His late father, Adeyemi Afolayan was a producer and filmmaker. His brothers; Gabriel Afolayan, Moji Afolayan and Aremu Afolayan are also known for their works in Nollywood.