The Toyin Falola Interviews: A Conversation with Kunle Afolayan, March 5, 2023

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The Toyin Falola Interviews: A Conversation with Kunle Afolayan


Please join us for a conversation with a renowned Nigerian Actor, Producer and Director, Kunle Afolayan.


Sunday, March 5, 2023

5:00 PM Nigeria

4:00 PM GMT

10:00 AM Austin CST


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Kunle Afolayan is an award-winning Nollywood actor, film-maker, movie producer and director. He is the first son of the late Adeyemi Afolayan aka Adelove. Kunle is the CEO/founder of KAP Motion Pictures and Golden Effects Pictures.


He is widely credited for elevating the quality of Nollywood movies though larger budgets, shooting on 35mm, releasing in cinemas, and improving cliché Nollywood storylines. After starting his film career as an actor in the 1999 political drama Saworoide, Afolayan made his directorial debut in 2006 with Irapada, a Nigerian supernatural thriller, which won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Film in an African Language. His follow-on directing credits include The FigurinePhone SwapOctober 1, and Citation. October 1 was the winner of 16 major African movie awards in 2015 and the second highest grossing Nigerian film in Nigerian cinemas at the time of its release, a feat Afolayan was to repeat two years later with The CEO.


In 2021, the director signed a three-picture deal with Netflix. Swallow, the screen adaption of Sefi Atta's book of the same name was the first to be released in October 2021, followed by Aníkúlápó, an epic Nigerian fantasy released in September 2022. Eleven days after its release, it was the #1 most-watched non-English Netflix original film.