Kunle Afolayan’s much anticipated film, October 1, was screened to a select audience at Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos on Sunday, March 18.
Set in September 1960, just ahead of the country’s independence, October 1 follows a northern Nigerian police detective, Dan Waziri, who is dispatched by the colonial government to Akote, a town in the west, to solve a series of female murders.
Written by Tunde Babalola, the film stars such recognizable actors as Sadiq Daba, Kenneth Okonkwo, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Demola Adedoyin, David Baile and Kayode Olaiya, and features newcomer Deola Sagoe, known mainly as a fashion designer, in the historical role of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti.
The event, hosted by Golden Effect Pictures in partnership with Terra Kulture, comprised figures from the Nigerian entertainment, business and media industries, as well as members of the diplomatic community.
Speaking about the film’s theme, director and lead actor, Kunle Afolayan said, “We want the younger generation to know where we are coming from and the older generation to see if we are moving in the right direction.”
Bolanle Austen-Peters, Managing Director, Terra Kulture spoke about October 1’s production values, saying, “It is exciting to know that the entire film and production was done in Nigeria, with a world class content as seen in October 1, we were proud to partner in promoting it.”
Art patron Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, as well as distinguished personalities Segun Awolowo, Bola Adesola, Oye Hassan-Odukale, and Waheed Olagunju attended the screening.
Members of the diplomatic community at the event included, the Consul Generals of France and South Africa, Francois Sastourne and Mokgethi Monaisa. The actor Richard Mofe-Damijo and television host Mo Abudu were also in attendance.
October 1 premieres internationally and locally later in the year.