ANIKULAPO: Afolayan Hints At Producing Sequel

Nigerian top producer and director, Kunle Afolayan has hinted at a sequel to his much-talked-about latest movie ‘Anikulapo’.

Afolayan dropped the hint Saturday during a chat on Channels Television’s morning talk show, ‘Sunrise’.

The filmmaker said he pitched the idea to international streaming and production company, Netflix, but the firm advised him to make it a film and continue the story depending on the reception.

“I started working on Anikulapo six years ago and I wanted to make a series because it is a story that I feel would stretch like Game of Thrones,” he said.

Whether the movie will now get a sequel, Afolayan said, “Yea; the whole world wants the story to continue.”

Anikulapo, which translates as ‘death in the pouch, centres on a stranger who strikes an illicit affair with one of the king’s young wives, which eventually gets him sentenced to death after the affair was discovered.

The deeply cultural movie featured veteran actors such as Sola Sobowale, Bimbo Ademoye, Kunle Remi, Hakeem Kae Kazeem, Taiwo Hassan, Aisha Lawal, Moji Afolayan, Adebayo Salami, Eyiyemi Afolayan, Ariyiike Dimples, Omo Ologede, Yemi Elebuibon, and many others.

Giving a behind-the-stage revelation of the movie, Afolayan said the movie is an excerpt from Odu Ifa (Ifa literary corpus).

He said most times Muslims and Christians take lessons from chapters of the Qu’ran and Bible respectively and he thought of bringing some lessons out of a parable in Odu Ifa which is an embodiment of the Yoruba divination system.

The movie maker said his goal is to inform, entertain, educate and communicate cultural values. “I want to tell stories that capture values, cultural values, family values and all of that without necessarily neglecting the essence of why we do content which is entertainment,”

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