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BN Bytes: Ace Filmmaker Kunle Afolayan recognized as a 2012 African New Generation Leader by the African Leadership Network



Award winning Nigerian film director and actor, Kunle Afolayan, who has distinguished the art of filmmaking in Nigeria with his ground breaking cinematic pieces, recently received a nod for his meritorious works.

In July, the premier network of young, dynamic, and influential leaders in business, public sector, the arts and civil society in Africa – African Leadership Network, known for scouring the continent in search of leaders who despite their young age, have tremendous influence and play a role in taking Africa to a new era of prosperity, recognized Kunle Afolayan as a “2012 New Generation Leader for Africa” via a thorough process where thousands of suitably qualified young African candidates were presented to ALN’s selection committee. The honour also confers him with automatic membership of the network.

Speaking on this recognition, the enigmatic film maker presently out of his two year ambassadorial contract with Nigerian telecoms company Globacom, said “ALN picks top shots from different life endeavours for this recognition; examples this year are Biola Alabi (M.D. M-Net Africa); Wale Tinubu (Group Chief Executive, Oando Plc) and Asa, the musician, amongst others. For me to have been picked as well, is an acknowledgement of my work and that I really appreciate”.

Kunle whose latest film production won the Best Achievement in Art Direction award at the AMAAs, further said “I will put in my own contribution as an African and as a young entrepreneur, but I am open to further collaborations with multinationals on impactful projects. I enjoyed the opportunities I benefited from Glo while the contract lasted and I am also excited about our brand association with business entities like Blackberry International, IRS Airline, Unilever, GSK, Seven-Up, Virgin Nigeria and many more”.

“The main thing is my career now is to produce a movie that does not only represent Nigeria, but Africa and possibly earn Nigeria the first Oscar or Golden Globe nomination. Golden Effects is hoping to shoot a new film this year set in 1960, a significant year in the history of my country. Golden Effects will also embark on training to build capacity in the local movie industry. So, it is a new beginning for us basically”.

This is definitely a well deserved honor, congrats to the ace film director and actor!


  1. Laila Ikeji

    August 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Congratulations, boss

  2. Princess of Zion

    August 2, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Huge congratulations!

  3. ooooyesshedid!

    August 2, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Pls does anyone the website of this AFL I cant seem to find them online.

  4. dontmention

    August 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Congrats sir…..but I don’t really get it why Africans are always seeking for western recognition or why they define their arrival or success by western standards. Isn’t the AMAAS’ Africa’s equivalent to Americas the oscars? Even the British hv dier own oscars n don’t seek so much to b recognised by America’s. If what u need is that ur award be called an Oscar, how abt petitioning to the Amaas to change dier name. That is why other artist hv become ass kissers because according to them,they r looking for international recognition which is basically America. Raise our own standards n we will just b on the same platform as them. This slavery never finish oh……Africa n Africans rise up.nuff said.

    • Martha

      August 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      how can u compare an american movie to a nigerian movie? eyes rolling……….1 the work speaks for it self.

    • Nelly

      August 13, 2012 at 9:45 am

      I Couldn’t agree more. Africa must set their own standard and stop measuring success by another country”s recognition. AMAA has become our own Oscar. I do respect Kunle and his works which has won AMAA awards. Oscar should be an added encomium not a determining factor of his creativity.

  5. Chattyzee

    August 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Congrats sir! I hope i get to meet you someday.

  6. konnie

    August 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    congrats and much luck

  7. OmoMakun

    August 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Congrats Kunle, you deserve it!

  8. ola

    August 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    nice job bro,keep it up…more news and gist here at

  9. pretty One

    August 3, 2012 at 10:36 am

    congrats kunle true son of Igbomina, u just keep flying the flag

  10. faruq

    August 4, 2012 at 6:27 am

    aresejabata, i knew you re gonna go places

  11. naija man

    August 4, 2012 at 11:59 am

    lol … Yes the British have BAFTA but British Filmmakers greatest achievement is to win an Oscar for their work even after winning the BAFTA, …. Slumdog millionaire & Kings Speech r two films made by British Filmmakers & both were overly excited by an Oscar win

  12. Titilade

    August 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Well Deserved ! Congratulations …….xx

  13. Akanni hezekiah

    August 4, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    A frseh body

  14. Kemisola

    August 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

    why did GLO drop him nau? i hear they sponsored his latest film to the tune of 15million naira.

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