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Nollywood Film Festival Week has Kicked Off in Paris! See First Photos from the Opening Night Screening of “The CEO” + What’s Planned for Day 2!

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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The 2016 Nollywood Film Festival Week has officially kicked off in Paris with an opening night and screening of Kunle Afolayan’s “The CEO“.

The opening night screening was attended by several Nollywood stars including Kunle Afolayan, Kehinde Bankole, Ijeoma Grace Agu, Bose Oshin, Odunlade Adekola, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Linda Ejiofor, Adesua Etomi and many more.

Ambassador for this year, Angelique Kidjo was also in attendance.

See the first photos below.

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See the schedule for Day 2 below.

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On Day 2 there will be an Actors Studio with OC Ukeje, a Monologue Slam hosted by Kemi Lala Akindoju, a Screening of the movies “Stalker” and “Fifty” and loads more.

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25 Comments

  1. bruno

    June 3, 2016 at 11:21 am

    ” 2016 Nollywood Film Festival Week has
    officially kicked off in Paris”

    are these people okay at all? going to paris for a nollywood film festival.why are u people so dumb. so how will nigerian film makers who cant go to paris show their work to the rest of the world.

    the point of a movie festival is so shine light on new film makers. also to bring tourism to the state or country the festival is being taken place at. so many people travel to paris for cannes film festival every year. same with the Toronto international film festival

    nollywood is clearly not about talent its about rich people and connection. elitism. pls u people should stop embarrassing urselves. seeking validation. inside of going to paris why not paris come to u over here in nigeria.

    and they are still screening that movie “fifty” ? when was it released.

    • Eve

      June 3, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      I totally agree with Bruno… Wow. Its ridiculous how much we seek validation from the international community when they could really care less about us. Una well done ohh.

    • London

      June 3, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      Everything you said is so on point. This event makes zero sense. Fifty is on Netflix and has been in cinemas for half a year now. What is the reason to screen it. Ok, then the short film category. Prey has been out for like 2 years and the encounter is literally available to watch on YouTube. I don’t understand why we are so backwards in Nigeria. Instead of doing the stupid festival they should invest in Afriff and make it bigger and better and host it in Nigeria. Which way Nollywood? Please which way. Don’t derail us enemies of progress..

    • FLeur

      June 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      This is really awkward. A Nigerian festival celebrating Nigerian films and the NIgerian film industry is held in Paris where they have 0% viewership but for the few Africans in Paris that care to watch. Sigh. We hate ourselves and we do not think we are good enough. .

    • Nigerian film lover

      October 4, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      I am not a Nigerian, Black American actually, but I found this thread interesting. I have recently become hooked on Nigerian films with thanks to Netflix. So much that my friend (a short film writer and director) and I have plans to attend the 2017 Nollywood film festival. I pray that it is in Nigeria so that we can experience the beautiful culture that you all have to offer. In short, don’t lose your identity, stay true to your culture, we didn’t have a choice.

    • Uru

      June 3, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Bruno, you have just shown how uninformed you are. Do you realise that the organisers of this festival are not Nigerians? Do you understand that there are African Film Festivals all over the world for people who can’t afford to travel outside their country or people who do not understand the industry yet and are only keen to see our films because of screenings in their country. People who after being exposed to the industry invest money in co-production.
      Do you not know of the several film festivals in Nigeria? So because it’s about Nollywood, it must happen in Nigeria? You must be totally clueless about the film industry and how it works.

  2. Foolishness

    June 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Bruno has said it all. Foolishness of the highest order.

  3. Omoté

    June 3, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Bruno chop kiss abeg!!! U’v said it all! I was like ‘Nollywood film festival in Paris ke!’ May be the nxt Cannes film festival will be held in Osogbo, let us keep our fingers crossed!

  4. honey omo lekki

    June 3, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    God bless you, bruno

    I was wondering too o. Nollywood festival in Paris. Locations don finish in Nigeria. If Nigeria tire dem, they cant use any other African country?

    Nigerians sef.

  5. kenya

    June 3, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Bruno is right. Nollywood is not even well represented here. you have a handful of actors and you say Nollywood week. Na wa oo. Aren’t we jokers! Why can’t such a festival be held in cross-river or in any other state in Nigeria?

  6. Dotun

    June 3, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Take it easy bro,the international exposure is equally good,it will help in improving the structure and raise the standard of the quality of our films,

    If we wait for them to come and they refuse,it’s not bad we take our craft outside Nigeria.With time things will get better and they will surely come here to see what we are doing.

  7. Critiques Lounge

    June 3, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Not believing in the Nigerian dream by Kunle …@Bruno

  8. www.praizeblog.com

    June 3, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    good

  9. Prince

    June 3, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    What is it with this “Fifty’ movie that they’re still screening. movie that people are done watching. Na wa o.
    @Bruno, you make serious sense today.

  10. c_ogochukwu

    June 3, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    The first pic did the lady use the hotel curtain to complete her garment

  11. xplorenollywood.com

    June 3, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    While Bruno makes loads of sense, there is really no justification to have the festival in Paris, not like the Nigerian community is so high there. An African film festival, that will be aiirite. Ah well! At least there is awareness being created for the CEO movie.

  12. forreal

    June 3, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    In as much as our president needs international validation what else will not need it,they do some festivals here but at d same time going international is not a bad idea,

  13. Dtruth

    June 3, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    @Dotun……What a shallow thinker thou art

  14. Ifeyinwa A.

    June 3, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    I totally disagree. How about we focus on making strong and classic movies and let the world take note, and COME TO US. A Nollywood film festival SHOULD be held in Nollywood’s country, NIGERIA. And while we’re at it, how about changing the name of Nollywood to something more authentic, e.g. WAZOBIA, any suggestions?

  15. BA

    June 3, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Now, let’s put this festival in context. The organisers are originally from Francophone West African and the Nollywood week really is a tribute to the Nigerian film industry and a way for the Francophone community to connect with the Anglophone African community. Francphone African appreciate Nolloywood so much. It is like saying Davido should not go perform in Senegal. or Paris! Another point is to celebrate African success stories – Nollywood pioneered modern cinema and film making in Africa – the largest industry that grew out of the sheer hard work of Nigerians. The event does not take away from celebrating Nollywood in Nigeria and there anre many events that do just that already. If anything, it is a way for the organisers, Francophone Africa and in deed European film enthusiasts to famz us – to get to see our stars for real and collaborate with us in the long run. In short folks, it is all in good fate. The event is in honour of our talents – they are there as special guests. Now, we hope our stars and Nollywood veterans will take the challenge of creating events that bring the world to Nigeria.

    Now, excuse me while I go famz Adekunle Gold, and Odunlade.
    Signed Nigerian in Paris (You do not know how starved we are of Nigerian entertainment here)

  16. Ethio

    June 3, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    we have ife, Lagos, calabar to host these your francophones. the money spent to host this outside Nigeria woulda been used here to: showcase our culture, our tourist attractions, the Nigerian experience (power outages , no traffic regulation,and our ability to happy amidst all) to the foreign visitors and most of all showcase our indigenous entertainment entrepreneurs more.

  17. j'suis belle

    June 3, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    to start @ethio saying” these your francophones” is derogatory,condescending and insulting,now lets know that nigeria has no match in africa in terms of film making and the entire industry,so they are trying to export their “product” into another market which is for the french audience.By the way do you know how all these producers sell thier movies to these francophone tv stations like “nollywood” tv and do you think all these educated and learned people will go to paris for nothing????

    • Ethio

      June 3, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      sorry about the’ francophone’. hosting it in Nigeria would make more sense i still think?

  18. Mabel

    June 4, 2016 at 6:05 am

    I really like this. Nollywood is growing, more exposure for the industry. They had a good turn out too. Hooray for Nollywood.

  19. kkay

    June 7, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I wondered too…..
    Does this make economic sense? Does it promote our “African story/history/contemporary life?
    Would it improve standards of Nollywood films and expand the industry? Is there an exchange of value? WHAT’S IN IT FOR the Nigerian film industry?
    Paris as a choice? Are the movies sub-titled in French? Anytime I am in France, I know how I get by with my junior high school French and a handy French Phrase Book. (Lol)

    As long as this attempt is not the after-effect of our “Colonial Carry-over” fever!

    Broadway brought the stage musical “FELA” to Nigeria. It had won 3 Tony Awards, was nominated to 3 Olivier Awards, broadcast to 370 Cinemas worldwide, on a sold-out run and received critical acclaim internationally. The purpose was for African cultural revival.

    Take the plunge ONLY IF you could break the surface. ( and not sink)
    ***Kemi Lala and Ali Baba, thank you for taking Nigeria with you (attire).

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