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The New York Times on Nollywood – “A Scorsese in Lagos” & View the 2nd Trailer for Kunle Afolayan’s Film “Phone Swap”



Just a few hours after a review of D’banj’s New York concert, the New York Times has published another Nigerian entertainment industry focused article. This time, the focus is Nollywood. The article titled “A Scorsese in LagosThe Making of Nigeria’s Film Industry” was written by NYT contributing writer, Andrew Rice.

The primary focus is Nigerian filmaker Kunle Afolayan who according to Andrew Rice, “…wants to scare you, he wants thrill you, he wants to make you laugh, but most of all, he would like you to suspend your disbelief — in his plots, yes, which tend to be over the top, but also about what is possible in Africa.”

It also explores the roots of the Nigerian home video industry and the current key players (the Alaba Cartel, the Actors Guild, Pirates, marketers and producers).

You can read the complete article here – CLICK

In other Kunle Afolayan news, the filmaker has released the 2nd official trailer for his new movie, “Phone Swap“.
In case you missed it,

Akin and Mary meet for the first time at an airport where they accidentally bump into each other and mistakenly swap their identical phones .
This leads to a destination mix up after they receive one another’s text regarding a travel destination.
Consequently, Akin ends up traveling to where Mary is supposed to go and vice versa.
Neither knows about the swap until they have reached their opposite destinations and “the phone” stops ringing (In Mary’s case) and “Won’t stop ringing” (In Akins’s case) .
As a result of the phone swap, they agree to help carry out each other’s missions, armed with the information and data on each other’s phone.
But it’s not as easy as they both think as new obstacles and complications rise at every turn as they both struggle to adapt to their alien environment and situation.
Mary has to walk in Akins shoes and represent him in a company meeting while Akin has to represent Mary in her the family meeting. This they do with hilarious results…

Phone Swap – Trailer 2

Phone Swap – Trailer 1


  1. Kofo. A

    February 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm


  2. didandan

    February 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    awesome. would love to watch it

  3. Suuisaidl

    February 23, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Finalllyyyy!!!!! A Naija film that im lookin forward to seeing. Yo! Whatever happened to that Obi Emelonye film with Godeon n Nneka?

  4. Baba T

    February 23, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Can’t wait to watch the film, Nollywood is gradually moving forward in terms of movie content and cinematography, as for actors, we have always had good and talented ones. The problems have in my opinion always been with the terrible producers, script writers and movie editors.
    It’s a good thing that a new breed are stepping up.

    One thing that got me though in the first trailer, at point 0.58seconds, the fight in the village scene: This bares a very close resemblence

  5. Baba T

    February 23, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    One thing that got me though in the first trailer, at point 0.58seconds, the fight in the village scene: This bares a very close resemblance to the fight scene in the film “Kungfu Husstle” in which there was a woman character called the landlady who shot a gun up in the air the exact way the lady at pt .59secs did, they even dressed in the same manner and the same camera zooming was used. I guess its ok to copy! I hope when I watch the film I won’t walk away feeling its a film full of disjointed parts from other films. Apart from that… we are moving forward

  6. Ib

    February 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    BUSINESS!!!HAHAHAHAHA…rotf hahahaha.
    I wanna see!!WHEN?WHERE?

  7. debozgini

    February 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Kunle Afolayan!! did he produce the figurine? if he did then the dude is gud, we need more pple who can put their acts 2geda like him. Waiting 2 see this too. Nyc 1 Kunle.

  8. Debo

    February 23, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I still don’t understand how a phone swap leads to them not entering the wrong flight o…. Till the film comes out sha

    • o

      February 24, 2012 at 6:48 pm


  9. Baba T

    February 23, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Actually its the first video but titled, “trailer 2”. at point 0.58sec onwards for those interested

  10. spicy

    February 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    i’ve always anticipated kunle afolayan’s films but been dissapointed after watching..hope this one won’t be the same sha

  11. Miss TiLii

    February 23, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    i respect the likes of Kunle who have decided to raise the bar in africa movies – unlike the mediocre moviemakers and their baffoonery type of movies and titles they keep bombarding us with. I just wish Africa will get more great directors and film makers like Kunle, Izu Ojukwu, Leila Djansi, Shirley Frimpong Manso, Kwaw Ansah, Emem, Amata brothers, etc to weed out all the non quality movies for good. Kunle I salute you and i will 100% support and help promo your movie. Just please dont give the rights of your movies to be shown on some youtube channel or some free sites. I hope your premieres go well and you are able to sell enough DVDS to break even and make another great movie. I hate nonsense movies, I am all for great movies and this trailer looks very promising. We are on it with the promo and we wait patiently for March.

  12. faith

    February 23, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Will love τ̅☺ see it …

  13. NNENNE

    February 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Good job Mr Afolayan.We need more of these authentic African story lines.That is where Nollywood differ from Hollywood.No need copying Hollywood bexause the world need to see and hear us.

  14. Ola

    February 23, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I love it already, why don’t they ever show these movies in yankee?

  15. Francesca

    February 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    New York Times. Good look for our industry.

  16. Sassy

    February 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I have to say i am mightily impress, i would readily pay N3000 or whatever amount they pay to see a movie at home. Kunle Afolayan has definitely taken a good leaf from Tunde Kilani – Mainframe. Looking forward to a naija movie 😀

  17. Chibuzor

    February 23, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    nice one

  18. oose

    February 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    so what do you do buisinesss hia every question get ansa abi ? lol lol

  19. ojaybaby

    February 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    wale ojo is such a hot man nnee dis is just tough

  20. UsaveOne

    February 23, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Please thumbs up if you are a Nigerian!

  21. On point

    February 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    what is ur handiwork? business!! haaahaa too funny

  22. UsaveOne

    February 23, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Bella say hi to Zebrudaya for mi if you see him!

  23. feyi

    February 24, 2012 at 12:20 am

    the last trailer is a knockout. very lovely.

  24. Maegan A. Whisnant

    February 24, 2012 at 12:40 am

    when does this come out….it looks so good….is it wrong that I’m more excited to see Joke Silva’s quality acting than the movie lol

  25. Sarah

    February 24, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Now this looks like a movie I can show my non Nigerian friends!

  26. Personal Shopper

    February 24, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Kunle! Arasejabata! You r such a blessed kid!

    • RedHot~

      February 25, 2012 at 6:10 am

      YES!!! I was wondering where I remembered him from. Saworoide! I miss those good old Yoruba movies.

  27. Lady G

    February 24, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Wonderful, it is a-must-watched video. Nse and Ada my babies are doing the dawn thing. Thumb up girls!

  28. chinny O

    February 24, 2012 at 11:47 am

    What is your handiwork? Business!!! Lol..

  29. love dat ting

    February 24, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Sack ya’ boss Rotflmho…. I’ll pay to hear that line.

  30. onegirl

    February 25, 2012 at 12:30 am


  31. lar

    February 25, 2012 at 4:22 am

    The business part at the end of the trailer gets me every single time. Loving it. Would watch this one.

  32. jennietobbie

    February 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    “Sack your boss” lwkmd

  33. mike igwe

    March 4, 2012 at 6:30 am


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