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Thrills as filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan, hosts filmmakers, delegates at FESPACO 2021

ACE filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan, did Nigeria proud at the just-concluded Panafricain du Cinéma de Ouagadougou FESPACO, as he screened his film, Citation to great applause by audiences that included a collective of top African filmmakers and workers in the creative industries.

The screening held on Tuesday October 19 at the continent’s prime film festival, held biennially in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The festival accepts for competition only films by African filmmakers and, chiefly produced in Africa.

The CEO of Kunle Afolayan Productions, and the KAPHub in Ikeja Lagos, after the screening, also hosted a one-in-a-kind reception, which has remained the talk among attendees at the festival. Among the festival delegates who turned up for the party were Keith Shiri, Amb. Mykel Parish, Marie Paule Adje, and Berni Goldblat.

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Before the party, Afolayan gave a presentation on his journey as a filmmaker and the birth of his latest venture, the KAPHub located on Ogundana Street, off Allen Avenue in Ikeja Lagos.

The KAPHub said, Afolayan, is a tourist destination due to the expansion of its extensions, including KAP Academy, KAP Sound Stage Studio, KAP Cinema, Ire Clothing, and Afefeyeye Restaurant and Bar. 

Afolayan also spoke extensively on KAP Academy and KAP Cinema, which form the heart of the latest venture. The essence of the Academy is to groom aspiring filmmakers and to also inform people all over Africa and beyond, that there are more facilities available to develop film and television in Nigeria, stated the producer of such high;y successful films as Figurine, Phone Swap, October 1, and the latest, Swallow, which debuted September 30 on the global streaming platform, Netflix.

Last Monday, Afolayan had signed a deal with the Mastercard Foundation in Canada to train about 300,000 young people in various areas of film making at the academy.

The KAP Cinema, said Afolayan, was conceived to support the “continuation of Cinema Culture because more films will be created in Africa.”

After the presentation, was the screening of the movie ‘Citation’, followed by the reception.

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