African Voices, a magazine programme of the Cable News Network (CNN) sponsored by telecommunications firm, Globacom, will this week feature four great African film personalities who have been dominating box offices and film festivals across the globe.
A vignette of the programme said the personalities have achieved monumental successes whether behind the lens or in front of the camera.
They include Kunle Afolayan, 44, a filmmaker and actor from Nigeria who is the son of late iconic thespian, Ade Afolayan, popularly known as Ade Love. Kunle Afolayan studied Economics and began a career in banking. He later quit banking to move into full-time filmmaking – a decision that saw him at the New York Film Academy where he took a course in the field.
Since 2005, Afolayan has been an active player in the Nigerian film industry evidenced by spectacular movie productions including The Figurine: Aroromire; Phone Swap and October 1. The Figurine won five major awards in the African Film Academy. Afolayan appeared at the Subversive Film Festival in 2011 where he represented the Nigerian film industry, which was in 2009 adjudged as the world’s second largest. In May 2013, Phone Swap premiered in France at the first edition of Nollywood Week Paris and won the Public Choice Award. His blockbuster film, October I, clinched more than 10 awards at the 2015 edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards which was held in Lagos.
Next are two other Nigerians, B.B. Sasore, a Nigerian film writer, director and producer and Derin Adeyokunnu. Sasore threw his versatility behind the soar-away success of Banana Island Ghost, a blockbuster movie which has received rave reviews since it premiered in 2017. He has followed up the success of the movie with God Calling, a faith-based movie which is scheduled for release in December, 2018. His colleague who is also featured in the edition of African Voices, Adeyokunnu, is the Executive Producer of Banana Island Ghost.
Also, on the programme is Bushra Rozza, a 42-year-old Egyptian actress and singer who came into the arts in 2002 through a comedy series tagged Youth Online. She later participated in several series, including Emperor, The Aunt Nour and Dignitaries, which achieved significant penetration in record time. Her first movie appearance was in the film, Alexandria New York, before featuring in other successful movies including Ouija, The Game of Love, About Love and Passion and I Am Not with Them.