Kunle Afolayan Reveals Why He Avoids Collaborations in Nollywood

Kunle Afolayan, a well-known Nigerian filmmaker and actor, has indicated that he avoids working with other Nollywood directors since they do not share his creative language.

This was Kunle’s statement during the Africa International Film Festival’s recent interactive session with fellow filmmakers (AFRIFF).

According to Kunle, collaborations in Nollywood nearly always result in problems, which he tries to avoid by sticking with like-minded people.

I’d rather take my time and prevent problems. We all have different points of view as creatives, and our thinking patterns are also very different.

“I don’t like to just talk to money bags. I don’t want someone who is just going to say what does it cost to make a film? I don’t like those things and those are the kind of things you get. Tunde Kelani and I have partnered on several levels. In fact, the last two films I was part of it as EP and actor. I collaborate with people who speak the same language,” he said.

Kunle Afolayan is the son of late theatre icon Adeyemi Afolayan, popularly known as Ade Love.

His first movie role was as Aresejabata in Kelani’s Saworoide released in 1999.

He has since then produced and directed several hit movies like The Figurine, Phone Swap, Citation, October 1, Ayinla and Swallow.


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