Nigerian filmmaker and producer Kunle Afolayan has earned his place in the hall of fame of the pan-African movie industry, masterminding some of the continent’s deepest and most commercially successful titles over the years. When an Afolayan a movie releases, Nigeria, Africa in fact, stop to take note.
The 42-year-old brain behind titles such as The Figurine, Citation, and the more recent Swallow teased the premiere of a new title this December 2021, in a new Instagram picture with one of his international partners.
“It’s feels good to be back in London and to see and work with Jason again. Something big big is coming to your screen in December,” wrote Afolayan.
Afolayan’s last work, Swallow, an adaptation of a play of the same title written by Seffi-Atta, who also helped adapt the screenplay, drew praise from several critics. Set in 1980 Lagos, Swallow sheds light on the harrowing effects of poverty and searching for greener pastures, pressures of life, and the dangers of drug trafficking.
“Swallow is a sweet and bitter pill for the Nigerian audience. It is a reminder of the travails of the average Nigerian seeking greener pastures abroad against all odds and bitter because it is a stark reminder of a time when things actually worked in Nigeria,” writes Premium times Nigeria, giving the film an overall score of 6/10.
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