Afolayan Shoots The CEO At Inagbe Resort
Principal photography has commenced on The CEO, the new offering from award winning producer, actor and director Kunle Afolayan. The cast and crew of the movie have literary woken up the once sleepy Inagbe Resort in one of the creeks of Lagos. There have been several movements in and out of the resort since shooting commenced last Friday. A press conference where Afolayan announced commencement of shoot and revealed the cast and crew of the production preceded the start of principal photography.
Multiple Grammy award-winner Angelique Kidjo who arrived Nigeria with her hubby Jean Hebrail will star in The CEO alongside Nigerian-born U.K.-based actor, Wale Ojo, Haitian actor, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Fatym Layache, Nico Ranagio, Kemi Lala Akindoju and Hilda Dokubo.
Certainly, old hands work well for Afolayan and so he will be relying on Tunde Babalola who penned October 1 for the script while veteran production designerPat Nebo, the award winning cinematographer Yinka Edwards and adept production manager Bose Oshin (all of them have worked on Afolayan’s other films) have been recalled to bring their experience to bear in realising the movie.
Afolayan stated recently that the movie would also be shot in Abidjan, Kenya, Morocco and Paris, France. The movie is being produced by Kunle Afolayan’s Golden Effect Pictures in conjunction with Air France which recently named him its Ambassador. Afolayan also said that he was able to asses funds from special Nollywood funding scheme of the Bank of Industry (BoI) called Nollyfilm Fund and also listed Airfrance/KLM, DSTV, Adron Homes and Properties, and the Inagbe Grand Resorts and Leisure as some of the movies co-sponsors.
Afolayan’s new movie tells the story of TransWire Communications, a global phone network with major operation in Nigeria. The CEO, an expatriate, has retired hence the Global Chairman has decided to send five nominees amongst his most senior level staff across Africa on a leadership course in order to determine which one to appoint as the new CEO in Nigeria. All five arrive from their respective destinations and check into the beach resort where the course is holding.
Although they all appear cordial and chummy with each other, they all know what is at stake – they each desperately want the CEO’s chair. One by one, each candidate begins to be eliminated, until there are only two left. It then turns into a psychological game of sudden death! But who is really behind the mysterious and fatal occurrences and to what extent will the candidates go in order to emerge as the new CEO?