Why I avoid collaborations in Nollywood – Kunle Afolayan

Kunle Afolayan, a renowned Nigerian director and actor, has stated that he avoids cooperating with other Nollywood filmmakers because they do not speak the same creative language.

This was said by Kunle at a recent interactive session with fellow filmmakers held by the Africa International Film Festival organizers (AFRIFF).

Kunle Afolayan

Collaborations in Nollywood, according to Kunle, almost invariably result in issues, which he attempts to avoid by sticking with like-minded people.

I prefer to take my time and avoid issues. As creatives, we all have distinct views at times, and our thinking styles are also highly varied.

“I don’t like to just talk to money bags. I don’t want someone who is just going to say what does it cost to make a film? I don’t like those things and those are the kind of things you get. Tunde Kelani and I have partnered on several levels. In fact, the last two films I was part of it as EP and actor. I collaborate with people who speak the same language,” he said.

Kunle Afolayan is the son of late theatre icon Adeyemi Afolayan, popularly known as Ade Love.

His first movie role was as Aresejabata in Kelani’s Saworoide released in 1999.

He has since then produced and directed several hit movies like The Figurine, Phone Swap, Citation, October 1, Ayinla and Swallow.