Oando screens Kunle Afolayan’s October 1

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Jul 14th, 2014
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Kunle Afolayan’s new movie, October 1, may still be in post-production stage, but it is already getting demands from corporate organisations, with a view to sealing sponsorship deals.

Touted as one of the best films by a Nigerian director, Afolayan has continued to seek funds to complete the movie. “We still need funds to complete the movie; what we are showing is not the final cut,” he told The Nation.

At the Eko Hotel and Suites, last night, where the movie was screened exclusively for top executives of Oando Group Plc., and the company’s clients, the event was a show of class for Oando, which staged the preview session for its high network of clients.

This is the second time the movie was enjoying a private preview, the first being on May 18, when it attracted top shots like Waheed Olagunju, Executive Director, Bank of Industry; Segun Awolowo, CEO, Nigerian Export Promotion Council; Akin Salami, CEO, OHTV; Mo Abudu, CEO, EbonyLife TV; Francois Sastourne, Consul General of France; and Mokgethi Monaisa, Consul General of South Africa, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The filmmaker is optimistic that more private screenings will be done for the movie, as a way to garner sponsorships for premieres in major cities in Nigeria and abroad.

Asides the huge publicity for the film, interest from the business community started when in December 2013, the movie won ‘Best Fiction Trailer’ at the International Movie Trailer Festival. The award came with a price of $250 and Afolayan saw it as a great way to end year 2013: “I’m happy about this award. It’s not about the money, but the recognition of the hard work, the efforts of the cast and crew of October 1. It is a pointer to the fact that the film has great potentials to go places when it is eventually released,” he said.

Already, plans are ongoing to unveil the film at a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Canada, same way that Biyi Bandele’s Half of a Yellow Sun was first shown last September. The filmmaker is targeting October for its release date in Nigeria, obviously in tandem with the title of the film.

October 1 is a psychological thriller set on the verge of Nigeria’s independence in 1960. It tells the story of a police detective in Northern Nigeria, who is dispatched to a trading post in Western Nigeria to solve a series of horrific murders. The movie stars Sadiq Daba, Kehinde Bankole, Kayode Olaiya, Nick Rhys, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Kunle Afolayan and Demola Adedoyin.

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