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After The CEO, Kunle Afolayan in Omugwo

Patience Ozokwor and Ayo Adesanya

Last Wednesday, the filmmaker Kunle Afolayan pooled a crowd of film enthusiasts, with a special screening of his new comedy film, Omugwo, starring Ayo Adesanya, Patience Ozokwor, Omowunmi Dada, Ken Erics, and Christian Paul among others.

Present at the private screening, which held at Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Lagos, were representatives of Bank of Industry, sponsors of the movie, Africa Magic, distribution company, Silverbird Distribution and stakeholders in the film industry such as, the Founder/CEO of Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), Ms. Chioma Ude, filmmaker and former Chairman of Audio-Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS), Mr. Mahmood Ali-Balogun, filmmaker Chris Ekejimbe, foremost actress, Kate Henshaw, film entrepreneur, Mr. Seun Shoyinka, actors Yomi Fash-Lanso and Funsho Adeolu as well as cast members of the movie – Omowunmi Dada, Ayo Adesanya and Henry Alabi, aka Old Skool.

Afolayan noted that Omugwo is an Africa Magic-commissioned film in partnership with Golden Effects Productions, his company. “We were commissioned to do three films,” he said, “and this is one of them. After this, we are going to unveil ‘Roti’ and ‘Tribunal’.”

He said he is particularly excited about the film “because it’s meant to be a small-budget television drama, but by the time you see it, you may want to ask what differentiates a low budget film from a big budget film, because this is just like any of Kunle Afolayan’s productions.”

According to him, the film is a slight departure from his usual style of story-telling going by its comic nature. “It’s a comedy. Because people perceive most of my works has being serious, so I had them watered down in this movie. This film is releasing this Friday and this is the first public screening.”

Written by Kemi Adesoye, ‘Omugwo’ tells the story of Omotunde, a young civil engineer, married to Raymond, an OAP who have just had a baby. Coloured by their different cultural backgrounds, their mothers-in-law forcefully move in with the couple to perform the Igbo child care rite called Omugwo. But instead of relieving their children of the burden of childcare, the mothers’ rivalry complicates life for the young couple to comical effects.

Afolayan used the opportunity of the premiere to introduce his new client, Techno Mobile, with whom he said he will be doing a lot more, going forward.

This is adding to his list of such companies as Air France, Adron Homes, and Peugeot Nigeria among others he represents as brand ambassador.

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