“It Cost Me a Lot of Money to Make”: Kunle Afolayan Says He Blew His Budget to Make His New Movie Anikulapo

“It Cost Me a Lot of Money to Make”: Kunle Afolayan Says He Blew His Budget to Make His New Movie Anikulapo

  • Nollywood filmmaker Kunle Afolayan has said his latest movie Anikulapo is a portrayal of the Yoruba culture and beliefs built around the Ifa mythology
  • Afolayan noted during a quick chat with Legit.ng that the film intends not only to entertain but also to help document the Yoruba history and culture
  • He noted that the entire set used for the production of the movie was built from scratch, and it cost him a lot of money to put together, throwing him way over budget

Veteran Nollywood filmmaker and actor Kunle Afolayan recently spoke about his latest movie Anikulapo, which is set to be the third of his Netflix original in the last two years.

Afolayan in a chat with Legit.ng's Oke-Hortons Nosa said the movie is a surreal portrayal of the Yoruba culture and beliefs based on the Ifa mythology.

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Photos of Kunle Afolayan and poster of Anikulapo
Kunle Afolayan talks about his new movie Anikulapo and how much it costs to make it. Photo credit: @kunleafo
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Kunle said:

"The backdrop story of this movie is from Ifa, and then we added a bit of Yoruba mythology to it. The film is basically meant to tell help people get to understand more about our culture, our beliefs, and our ways. It will to portray what the Yoruba empire use to be like back in those days governance wise and the lifestyle."

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When Kunle was asked to give an estimated value of what it cost to produce Anikulapo, he said that bringing all of his ideas for the film to life cost him a lot of money.

He further revealed that the entire set the movie was shot on was built from scratch, and after shooting, he intends to turn the place into a film village. Below is an excerpt of Afolayan's reply:

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"I don't have a definite figure, but it was a lot of money, lot and lot of money."

Kunle Afolayan's Citation Wins Best International Film at NFA, He Shares Video of Temi Otedola Receiving Award

Meanwhile, Legit.ng recalls when it reported the big win that Nollywood and the African movie industry at large achieved when Nigerian movie producer Kunle Afolayan's 2020 film "Citation "won another award in the 'Best International Film' category at the just-concluded National Film Awards (NFA) in the UK.

Kunle shared a video which showed the moment Jimmy Jean Louis and Temi Otedola, the lead characters in the movie, received the award.

While Temi, in a statement, after receiving the award, also said it was a win for Nollywood and Africa at large.

Source: Legit.ng

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