These are not exciting times for fans of Nigeria's award-winning film maker, Kunle Afolayan and this worry stems from the movie director's recent bombshell over the hardship in Nigeria and the inevitable decisions the glaring level of hardship in the nation might force him into taking.
Those who know Afolayan can attest to the level of creativity that accompanies his movies and evidences of these are glaring from movies like Irapada, phone Swap and The Figurine.
The director recently took to his Facebook timeline to express what many found shocking, worrisome and impressive in a single breath.
His message read: "Yes! It is high time I started considering relocation. To where? I don't know but it's something that has been bothering me for some time now. I have always been an advocate of 'Yes we are Nigerians and so shall it be' but for some time now, the reality of the state of the Nigerian nation is beginning to take its toll on me, Does our government consider us worthy citizens of Nigeria or are we just fooling ourselves?
“There is no electricity to start with and that has been the case since I was born, now, I have worked very hard and I am able to afford generator of any size but there is no fuel to run any of them; neither is there fuel to even move around when you need to attend to business.
The life of Kunle Afolayan is even better than that of majority of most Nigerians and every day I wonder and ask what the future holds for 'Iya Basira' who sells wosiwosi and other petty traders whose goods are sometimes worth less than N10, 000."
While fans unanimously dropped the verdict that Afolayan's words hit the nail on the head, the implication of his relocation and the reality of his words dawned on many who expressed their concern over the actor's eventual decision as well as the lingering hardship Afolayan painted with his words.
Kunle Afolayan is the son of the famous theatre and film director and producer Ade Love. He is of Yoruba descent and majored in Economics. Since 2005, he has been active in the Nigerian film industry. He was born in Nigeria, attended the New York Film Academy and has directed movies like Phone Swap, The Figurine, Irapada, October 1 and others.
He won the African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) for Best Nigerian Film and was nominated for AMAA’s Best Director
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By: SAMOD BIOBAKU