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Kunle Afolayan: “Netflix Wants Me To Create Anikulapo Series”

Popular Nollywood performer Kunle Afolayan has disclosed that the international streaming service Netflix wants him to make an Anikulapo television series.
In an interview with the Guardian UK today, the award-winning director stated as much, adding that he was confident “Anikulapo,” the picture he had been working on for six years, will be a box office success.

On September 30, 2022, “Anikulapo,” a Netflix original movie set in the ancient Oyo kingdom of the seventeenth century, had its premiere. A week later, with a total of 8.7 million streaming hours, it had surpassed all other non-English movies on the service.

In “Anikulapo,” Kunle Afolayan, who starred his daughter Eyiyemi Afolayan, 17, said that he originally intended to make it into a series, but Netflix persuaded him to first make it a feature film. If the film was successful, he could then turn it into a series.

“I’ve been working on Aníkúlápó for six years. Originally, I wanted to make a series, but I shopped it and kept telling people that this movie would be bigger than Game of Thrones,” Afolayan said.

“Eventually, Netflix told me to make a movie first since I believed in the project that much, and if it became a success, we’d develop a series.

“Right now, Netflix is the one urging me to start making the series. I knew we made a great film and that it’d start conversations, but I didn’t know it’d do as well as it has done,” he added.

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Nigerians are incensed at the Oscars committee’s rejection of Kunle Afolayan’s film “Anikulapo”.


The Nigerian Academy Awards selection committee has removed Kunle Afolayan’s most recent film, “Anikulapo,” from consideration for the Academy Awards, often known as the Oscars. 

The Nigerian actor and producer also voiced his disappointment while sharing the news on social media. 

As per Kunle Afolayan: “I am so pleased and delighted that the whole world has decided to tag ANIKULAPO film “a masterpiece “even though the Nigeria Oscar selection committee think it’s not worth submitting for the Oscars. Will keep doing my own thing”.

Despite the wonderful reviews Anikulapo has gotten all around the world since its premiere, the Academy Awards do not think it merits being nominated. 

The Nigerian Oscar selection committee said last month that it has received three Yoruba-language entries: Anklápó, Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman, and King of Thieves.

All three films were deemed “ineligible” by the majority of the selection committee members, who decided that they would not be entered into the competition.

The film was produced and shot by Jonathan Kovel at the recently opened KAP resort in a village in Oyo State. Afolayan had partnered with Netflix. 

The Oscars are given to films that exhibit artistic and technical excellence in the American and international film industries. 

The honor is recognized as the most prestigious and noteworthy accomplishment in the global entertainment sector. 

Since then, the news has angered a lot of Nigerians and even followers worldwide.