#BounceExclusive: ‘Adesua Etomi Is My Lucky Charm’- Film Director
Niyi Akinmolayan is a man of many firsts.
He made Nigeria’s first sci-fi film in 2009 called Kajola.
To some critics, the film flopped but Niyi Akinmolayan had made his mark and built a foundation on which others can say they drew inspiration.
He has been in Nollywood for a decade and has directed feature films including ‘Out Of Luck’, ‘Falling’ ‘The Abritration’ and ‘Make A Move’.
After completing his directing role for the sequel of one of the highest grossing films in Nigeria ‘The Wedding Party’, he has opened another new chapter in his adventurous career.
He wants his Anthill Studio to tap into the huge potential provided by the children film market across Africa.
His first step to achieve this is with the animated web series called ‘Lola and Chuchu’, this according to him will help whet their appetites for an animated feature film which they plan to release next year.
“I have been in the industry for 10 years, it is saturated with adult content, but the children market is a huge market and it is untapped. We want to fill that huge vacuum for Nigeria and Africa", he told Bounce News.
The film maker also talked about his consistency in working with Nollywood actress, Adesua Etomi.
“I have worked with her previously. She delivers. My working with her is mostly intentional and not coincidental.
"We directors like to pride ourselves in having that one actor that is like our lucky charm.
"I have to say it, that it is the films that she played a star role in that have gotten me the most recognition", he admitted.
Akinmolayan, who prefers to make not more than 2 films in a year, says he saw to power of collaboration while making ‘The Wedding Party 2’.
While working with the Dubai and the Lagos film crew he observed a higher level of professionalism and how quickly Nigerian actors adapt to challenges and take them on without complaining.
The Wedding Party 2 will be released on December 15 in cinemas and maybe Niyi AKinmolaya's lucky charm will work again.
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