In his bid to forge a stronger collaboration with other African countries using films, Kunle Afolayan has sealed a deal with the government of Cape Verde.
Afolayan opened up on his new deal with two African countries, Senegal and Cape Verde, saying he had sealed a partnership deal with the government of Cape Verde towards the production of ‘The Citation’.
In the last two weeks, Afolayan, in the company of his crew members and associates, met with top government officials in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, and Cape Verde.
“Apart from its thematic premise, ‘The Citation’ will also serve to market Cape Verde to Nigerians and the rest of the world while also establishing a film and cultural affinity between the two countries,” he said.
Cape Verde’s Culture and Creative Industries Minister, Abrãao Vicente, led the government team that included the Director-General of Arts and Creative Industries, Adilson Lima Gomes and the Coordinator of Cultural Goods and Music, Luhena Correia, in negotiating the deal.
Afolayan also revealed that Senegalese Alexander Rideau had been chosen as the film’s Line Producer, together with Dakar-based Keewu Productions and Samira Vera-Cruz of Cape Verde.
The ‘October 1’ star believes that the collaboration will enhance a good relationship between Cape Verde and the Nigerian film industry.
In Senegal, the filmmaker also secured a deal on choice locations, just as he got support from corporate entities and the Nigerian embassy in that country, having met with Nigerian envoy to Senegal, Ambassador Salisu Umaru, who led other senior officials like the Minister at the embassy, Mr. A.K Zanng and Senior Counselor, Mr. Adamu Akinola, in welcoming ‘The Citation’ team.