Nigeria’s film industry on Wednesday night made a break-through in what is anticipated to “lead a revolution in African cinema”
Air France released a preview of the film “The CEO” by Kunle Afolayan- labeled as arguably the best film-maker in the West African country, aboard it’s flight AF149 From Lagos to Paris.
Afolayan’s sponsors and lead actors were treated to a short clip of the film on the flight. The special premier edition was the first of it’s kind for the African continent.
We decided to come up with this initiative to show the world that Africans are innovative, Nigerians are special people. And it is amazing to see a company like Air France supporting this kind of thing.
“We decided to come up with this initiative to show the world that Africans are innovative, Nigerians are special people. And it is amazing to see a company like Air France supporting this kind of thing, they have been here for a long time, they are giving back to art and they are supporting evolution,” Afolayan told reporters at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
Air France’s Nigeria Director Tauzin Jean-Raoul, said the carrier was familiar with the “stellar” work that Afolayan did with his Golden Effects company and were more than excited to jump on board.
“Nollywood is the second largest film industry in the world after Bollywood and Nigeria is an important country for the businesses of Air France, it was actually interesting for us to bear, support Kunle Afolayan and teams in the event of his art,” said Jean-Raoul
The movie which will be released in cinema’s on July 15, follows five top executives from across Africa who are dispatched on a one-week leadership retreat by a multinational telecommunications firm, to determine who gets selected as the new CEO.
Expected to hit Nigeria’s box office on July 15, the production features international entertainment personalities including, Angelique Kidjo, Nico Panagio, and Wale Ojo.