Kunle Afolayan’s 5th full length future, marketed as a pan-African movie, was a hit with guests at the premiere.
Wale Ojo (who was in Afolayan’s Phone Swap) was amazing as the stereotypical office cad and skirt chaser. Amoral, fun loving and without an idealistic bone in his body, he woos and taunts, harangues and sweet talks his way through the movie.
Afolayan’s The CEO is like a more modern take on October 1. There are several murders, the murderer is hiding in plain sight, and we have an idealistic dyed-in-the-wool and tough talking police detective with tunnel vision played superbly by returnee veteran, Hilda Dokubo.
Tunde Babalola, Afolayan’s favourite script writer is on point in this movie, with glib one liners falling off tongues with ease. Expect Kola (Wale Ojo’s) superbly delivered riposte – “Oyibo, you are not my broda” to become a street slang.
The premiere of The CEO held on Sunday July 11, 2016 at the Eko Hotel and Suites. Like all things Nigerian, the movie started three hours later than the advertised 5pm but it was well worth the wait.
In the audience were actors and actresses, Segun Arinze and Fred Amata, Oga Bello and Desmond Eliot, as well as Lala Akindoju. There was Ebony TV head honcho Mo Abudu as well as her opposite numbers at HipTv and DSTV, Ayo Animashaun and Wangi Mba Uzoukwu respectively
Other guests included Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed as well as Lagos state commissioner of information and former movie critic, Steve Ayorinde.
Kunle Bakare, publisher of National Encomium led a pack of journalists that included Funke Egbemode, Managing Editor of New Telegraph and newly minted President of Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mike Effiong, Olumide Iyanda, Loye Amzat, Jahman Anikulapo, Peju Akande, Lanre Alfred and many more.
An elated Kunle Afolayan thanked his cast and crew for helping him bring his vision to the big screen while reserving encomiums for his sponsors and corporate supporters.