Kunle Afolayan, a Nigerian actor and film producer, has sealed a production deal with Cape Verde for ‘Citation’, his forthcoming movie poised to explore the prevalence of sexual harassment in higher institutions.
The 45-year-old movie director has also sealed a production deal with Senegal ahead of a proposed January 2020 shoot and as part of his bid to forge a stronger collaboration with African countries using films — a move which has seen him and his crew meet up with top government officials in both countries.
“Apart from its thematic premise, ‘Citation’ will also serve to market Cape Verde to Nigerians and the rest of the world while also establishing a film and cultural affinity between the two countries,” he was quoted to have said in one of the meetings.
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Abrãao Vicente, Cape Verde’s culture and creative industries minister, led a government team that included Adilson Lima Gomes, the director-general of arts and creative industries, and Luhena Correia, the coordinator of cultural goods and music, in negotiating the deal.
Alexander Rideau, a Senegalese professional, has also been chosen as the line producer for ‘Citation’ alongside Dakar-based Keewu Productions and Samira Vera-Cruz, a film director and producer in Cape Verde.
In the wake of the meetings with Nigerian, Senegalese and Cape Verdian associates, Afolayan also struck deals as regards the choice of locations — having gotten the support of corporate entities and the Nigerian embassy in the countries to usher in the movie crew.
Afolayan’s movie, which is to be shot primarily in Nigeria and comes on the heels of his much-acclaimed ‘Mokaliki’, would feature scenes spanning the three countries.
“I don’t think it is a coincidence that the BBC News, BBC Africa is just talking about a subject matter we have been working on as a film project for almost 2years, ‘CITATION’,” Afolayan had written, while commenting on the context within which the movie comes.
“It’s a University drama surrounding a female postgraduate student who has to find a way of dealing with the awkward situation of sexual harassment from a popular male lecturer.”
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