BY TIMILEHIN AJAGUNNA
Veteran Nigerian cinematographer cum filmmaker, Tade Ogidan‘s account of Kunle Afolayan’s current film project, The CEO, has indicated that another blockbuster movie is about to come out of Nigeria.
Conveying his impression via a private message sent to the younger award-winning filmmaker on Thursday, Tade Ogidan said: ‘I woke up quite excited about the storytelling strength and the creative and technical qualities in the CEO movie. You have done your dad proud with each new project. You have done your family proud. You have done your industry proud. You have done your fore bearers in the film industry proud. You will do your nation and the rest of Africa proud, especially with this new project, CEO. I am sincerely proud of you.’
OGD as he is fondly called inked his excitement, after seeing a rough cut of the pan-African film at Afolayan’s studio on Bayo Kuku street, Ikeja, Lagos, praising the courage of the filmmaker in the face of the challenges confronting the Nigerian film industry.
He said: ‘You are now like a bull that has charged into a chinaware shop of film obstacles. You demolish all the myths, fears and filmmaking challenges with insane dare, grit and unstoppable determination. Now, that is good. God will always make all good things doable for you.’
Ogidan expressed similar love to Afolayan when the latter signed a deal with Air France as the airline’s Brand Ambassador. OGD was so excited for Kunle, that he didn’t just call to congratulate the young filmmaker, but staged a surprised soiree in his Surulere home, inviting other celebrities to a cake cutting, as they toasted to the feat recorded by his younger colleague.