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Kunle Afolayan’s “October 1” To Screen On Oct. 11 At Nollywood Diaspora Film Series

Kunle Afolayan’s “October 1” To Screen On Oct. 11 At Nollywood Diaspora Film SeriesPosted by Wilson Morales

October 11, 2014

Kunle Afolayan

Kunle Afolayan, Nollywood’s leading filmmaker, will preview his recent release October 1, a psychological thriller set around the time of Nigeria’s independence from Britain, at NYU Kimmel this weekend. In commemoration of Nigeria’s centennial and 54th year of independence, Afolayan will be celebrated along with other filmmakers, as a filmmaker contributing to social change through film and media.

October 1 whose director is widely hailed as Nigeria’s best filmmaker—called ‘a Nigerian Scorcese’ by the New York Times—sets a new standard for Nollywood, as does Half of a Yellow Sun, which will also screen at the forum.

October 1 poster

It’s September 1960 and Nigeria’s is on the verge of independence from British colonial rule. A northern Nigerian Police Detective, DAN WAZIRI, is urgently despatched by the Colonial Government to the trading post town of Akote in the Western Region of Nigeria to solve a series of female murders that have struck horror in the hearts and minds of the local community. On getting to Akote, more murders are committed. With local tension rising, Waziri has a race on his hands to solve the case before even more local women are killed.

In its second annual event, the Nollywood Diaspora Film Series will host the forum in conjunction with NYU Africana Studies to explore the notion of cultural confidence with film screenings and panel discussions featuring a number of notable African filmmakers, actors, producers and designers.

In addition to Afolayan, other special guests including Adepero Oduye (Twelve Years a Slave, Pariah), Gbenga Akinnagbe (24, The Wire) and Wunmi Olaiya will engage NYU filmmakers and the larger community on issues facing Nigerians, using film as basis to explore the role of the Diaspora in social change in Africa.

The forum will also feature Supreme Price, by award-winning filmmaker and Harvard lecturer Joanna Lipper, which highlights the legacy of Nigeria’s first democratically elected president—MKO Abiola—from the perspectives of his wife, Kudirat, leader of the pro-democracy movement, and daughter, Hafsat Abiola.

On the theme of Cultural Confidence, Andrew Dosunmu, whose film Mother of George will also screen at the mini-festival, said “Knowing oneself…it’s the greatest wealth one can have.”

For more information on the forum, visit


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