‘Citation’, a movie by Kunle Afolayan, the ace filmmaker, has won the ‘Best International Film’ award at the 2022 National Film Festival in the United Kingdom.
Afolayan announced the win in an Instagram post on Wednesday.
The actor and filmmaker also disclosed that the award came as a surprise to him “as there was no form of lobbying to win”.
“Two days ago in London, Citation won Best International Film. The Director – Kunle Afolayan and the entire production team didn’t see the award coming,” he wrote.
“We are grateful for the support and recognition of the public and the organizers. In Kunle Afolayan’s words ‘I am glad we got recognized without even lobbying’.
“The National Film Awards is an annual awards ceremony celebrating the achievements of established and independent filmmakers, actors, actresses, casting directors, production companies, and crew who make up the motion picture industry.
“The National Film Awards holds 4 events annually in the United Kingdom, USA, South America, Africa, and Australia.
“All nominations and voting for the NFA are submitted and voted for by movie fans. The NFA is produced by the National Film Academy which also produces the new National Film Festival.”
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‘Citation’ tells the story of a 21-year-old female student on a Nigerian campus who takes the case of a trendy university don to the institution’s senate body on account of the latter’s treatment of her.
Subsequent events that unfold eventually pit her world against that of the respected academic, revealing the realities that frequently play out in many male-dominated educational environments.
Among those who starred in the movie are Ibukun Awosika, chairman of First Bank of Nigeria (FBN); Temi Otedola, Joke Silvia, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Ini Edo, Yomi Fash-Lanso, Adjetey Anang, Gabriel Afolayan, Bienvenu Neba, and the late Sadiq Daba.
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