After the remarkable success of the epic film and Netflix Original, “Jagun Jagun (The Warrior),” Nollywood art director Olatunji Afolayan reflected on the significant impact of his contribution to this blockbuster.l
Afolayan, in a conversation with our correspondent, shared that what set this movie apart from many other blockbuster projects he had been a part of was its compelling storyline.
The cast of the movie included notable actors such as Femi Adebayo, Adedimeji Lateef, Bimbo Ademoye, Faithia Balogun, Mr. Macaroni, Bukunmi Oluwasina, Ibrahim Yekini, Muyiwa Ademola, and Ibrahim Chatta, among others.
He said, “The first thing to note was that the story was very good. We had enough time to stimulate the idea we conceived. We started working on the pre-production two months before the shooting. I didn’t do any job in the meantime, I simply focused on Jagun Jagun.
“We started building the set. We planned four months before shooting and began working on designing and costumes.”
Afolayan, however, said Jagun Jagun was not his first hit as an art director. “We have worked with notable and experienced film directors such as Tunde Kelani, Jimi Odumosu, Izu Ojukwu, Daniel Ademinokan, Iyke Okogwu, Dare Olaitan, Moses Nwang, Bayo Tijani, Darasen Richards, Kemi Adetiba, Jade Oshiberu, Kunle Afolayan, Aje Films, Dk K, Ayoola Opeere, Oluseyi Asurf and Taiwo Badejo (Badest), just to mention a few.”
“For my team, to get the best out of any brief as far as art directing is concerned. We ride on the pedestrian that has to be a master of cinematic storytelling. Not just that, we seek to present visual storytelling – creating spellbinding worlds on screen through art.
“Originality is a big deal for us and via professional art directing, we are confident that our team of boundary-pushing artists, who challenge the status quo and elevate the craft of art direction will keep changing narratives, one set at a time.”
Having worked on so many notable projects, Afolayan said it was difficult to rank any above the others.
“If I would pick the best 20, everyone is on the same scale. It majorly depends on your perception of the said movie and the angle you’re taking it from.
“Every movie has its feel and look. Every movie has different motives and what it stands to achieve. Every project I’ve worked on has its unique input. My movies are projects that I pay particular attention to. It is a hard task to pick the best job so far because I have worked on different projects with different perspectives,” he added
‘This Is Pure Evil’ – Mary Njoku frown at Those requesting DNA Test From Mohbad’s Wife
Nollywood actress, Mary Njoku, has slammed critics questioning the paternity of the son of late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.
News Direct reports that Omawunmi, the wife to Mohbad, has come under heavy backlash over the son’s complexion, with some people calling for a DNA test for the child.
In a post via Instagram on Friday, Mary described the call as pure evil and advised that people should not add to the widow’s misery.
The movie star added that if late Mohbad didn’t doubt the child’s paternity, the public should not think otherwise but should focus on getting justice for him.
She wrote: “Asking a mourning widow to submit her son for a DNA test is pure evil. Haba! She just lost a husband, lost a father to her child, lost her helper and protector of 10 years! Let her mourn in peace.
“If you can’t support her don’t add to her misery! Small money don enter for DNA tests. Just because she isn’t rich, if her husband didn’t doubt the paternity, who are we to think otherwise?
“Abeg make una no let the dead pare for una o. Don’t frustrate his family. Let’s focus on getting justice for Mohbad.”
Lateef Adedimeji, Woli Agba, others feature in ‘The Thorns’
Tope Adebayo Salami, the Director of Femi Adebayo’s ‘Jagun Jagun,’ is set to unveil another blockbuster, titled – The Thorns.
The movie features Lateef Adedimeji as lead actor.
Others in the movie include Omowunmi Dada, Woli Agba, Funke Ogunmola, Jumoke Odetola, Femi Branch, Peju Ogunmola, Shola Kosoko, Olawunmi Oluwapelumi, Ademola Amoo, Damilola Oni, and Omobolanle Adigun.
In the movie, Adedimeji as Pelumi, resolves never to love again because of the crisis he encountered with his two past marriages, until he meets the hilarious fake Prophet Egbojuayosoke, Woli Agba Ayo Ajewole, who prophesies that love is about to smile on him again
The romantic dramedy is produced by Beatrice Funke Ogunmola (BFO).
Ogunmola, known and referred to as BFO, is a Nigerian-American living in Texas, United State of America.
BFO is the producer of Love Castle, a film that won several awards from Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival, Abuja International Film Festival, and West African Film Festival
Hard to stay sane, clean in music industry – Korede Bello
Singer Korede Bello has said it’s difficult to stay sane and clean in the entertainment industry.
He made this known in a post via his X handle #koredebello on Thursday.
He wrote on how challenging it is to stay mentally sound and sober in the entertainment industry.
According to him: “People don’t understand how hard it is to stay sane in a seemingly crazy industry. It’s even harder when you choose to stay clean.
“ So if you want to help an artiste stay alive, contribute to their mental health, support them while they’re still here with whatever you have, even if all you have are your kind words.
“You may not love their art, but you can choose to love the soul of the artist in the human being.”
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