Kunle Afolayan begins shoot of Roti

…partners Multichoice on three films

After a swell outing with his pan
Africa film, ‘The CEO’, popular Nigerian filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan is back with
a set of three films, sponsored by Multichoice Nigeria.
The threesome; ‘Roti’, ‘Umogwo’ and
‘Tribunal’ will enjoy back-to-back filming that will fast-track their releases,
beginning from the first quarter of the year.
Originally planned as television productions,
the ace filmmaker has however secured the understanding of his sponsors for the
films to explore the traditional channels of exhibitions safe for DVD; thus, the
films will make debut with an April 2017 cinema release, enjoy some festival
routings before berthing on Africa Magic channels.  
The three films are engaging some
A-list stars who are acting on Kunle Afolayan’s set for the first time. They include
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Kate Henshaw, Nobert Young, Toyin Oshinaike, Fathia
Balogun, Dari Afolayan,  Funsho Adeolu,
Ade Laoye, Omowunmi Dada, Damilola Ogunsi, Ayo Adesanya, Yaw and Gloria Anozie
Young among others.
In ‘Roti’ which stars Kunle Afolayan
himself playing alongside Kate Henshaw, Toyin Oshinaike, Fathia Balogun and
Dari Afolayan, the story is told of how, years after a couple loses their son
called Roti to a brief illness, the wife sees a boy called Juwon who is an
exact replica of her dead son. After discovering that Juwon is not a
reincarnation of Roti, she is washed anew by grief and soon descends into depression
and consequent hysteria.
In ‘Tribunal’, “Jimi Disu, a man in
his fifties, is one of the bright- minded lawyers who co-establish a leading
law firm in Lagos many years ago. However, he lost his sense of direction and strength
after being hit by a series of personal challenges that question his resolve as
a man. He becomes a ‘charge and bail’ lawyer with no further ambition. Approached
by a young, enthusiastic, fresh law school graduate, Tanimowo (who adores him
for the stature of his legendary pedigree as a lawyer), to defend her friend,
an albino, who has been unfairly relieved of his duties at work, Jimi Disu is
presented a chance to battle his old law firm. ‘Tribunal’ stars Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde,
Funsho Adeolu, Nobert Young, Ade Laoye, and Damilola Ogunsi. 
The third flick which stars Ayo
Adesanya, Yaw, Gloria Anozie Young and Omowunmi Dada is ‘Umogwo’, the story of Omotunde,
a young Yoruba civil engineer, married to Raymond, an Igbo man. Coloured by different
cultural backgrounds, drama ensues when Raymond’s mother, Chimanda, insists on
performing Umogwo, an Igbo cultural practice by which the mother of one of the
couples lives with the couple for a period of time to relieve the nursing
mother of the pressures of convalescing and baby care.
Omotunde’s mother, an egotistic,
self-absorbed woman feels she has the right, as Chimanda, to be there for her
daughter and granddaughter and receive as much praise as Chimanda. Both
mothers-in-law move in with the couple and complicate their lives even further
in this comic-filled drama.
The shooting of ‘Roti’ is currently
ongoing. Directed by Kunle Afolayan, the movie also marks the return of
prolific DoP, Yinka Edward to Golden Effects Production after his further study
in the United Kingdom.


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