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It’s Here! WATCH Nollywood Icons Genevieve Nnaji & Kunle Afolayan talk about the Growth of the Nigerian Movie Industry at #TIFF16



Yesterday BN brought you the scoop about actress Genevieve Nnaji and actor/producer Kunle Afolayan‘s talk at the ongoing #TIFF16 where they talked about the future of Nollywood and the International attention the industry is getting.

Click here if you missed it.

Now you can watch the conversation below.


  1. Zikky

    September 13, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Lovely interview.

    I love how articulate they both were but truth is , as much as I love Genny, Kunle was more brilliant and elaborate with his answers . Please nobody should chop my head off, just my opinion, make yours freely. She did look the part of a huge star.

    • The Real Oma

      September 13, 2016 at 11:04 am

      Was there a competition between them? Thought they were playing for the same team, No???

    • Femi

      September 13, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Lol. True

  2. Uche

    September 13, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Before I comment on the post. Bella Naija what’s up, the way you guys dey post back to back these days eeenhhh… Like una employ new staff…. No dull moment here again…
    As for the post , I have spent over one hour of my time this morning watching this video. My mb don finish self….
    What more can I say, Genevieve was Phenomenal…. She just made dey whole conversation lively…. It was a joy watching and listening to her. A very interesting and informative conversation I must say….
    Thumbs up Kunle, you both nailed it !

  3. wumi

    September 13, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I think Genevieve is “deeply intelligent ” I love the ways she told her story. Especially her practice line.. .somehow one would conveniently think she was just proud

  4. Ifeanyi

    September 13, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Zikky pleeeeeaaase, don’t start. Genny gave intelligent answers, her points were valid, very articulate. She showed so much brilliance and that she is aware of the happenings in her industry. I’m proud of her. Looking at Genny here, she was there with her full super star glory.

  5. Ann

    September 13, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I love the answer Genevieve gave to that woman telling them to focus on Nigeria and stop seeking approval. Nollywood is a freaking business. Of course they need to get the money back. Talking about slum dog, the slum dog actors are British oh! They’re not Indians. They grew up in England and that movie had a British director. That movie was NOT Bollywood.

  6. Spunky

    September 13, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Wow! Wow!! They both did great. I didn’t think the session could be this long and however, they held it down. Genevieve has something extra to her; very likeable and has this magnetic aura to her personality. I hope the new actors are learning and taking a cue? Apart from a very limited few, I don’t know if many in this business are well informed and most importantly, can enlighten or hold down a conversation of this magnitude…in such forum. Nailed it!

    • nnenne

      September 13, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Good review Spunky.
      I concur!

  7. Isaobi

    September 13, 2016 at 10:50 am

    The two Nollywood superstars represented the Nigerian film industry well at the TIFF session. It is video every Nigerian film lover or practitioner should watch. Bravo.

  8. sandra

    September 13, 2016 at 11:02 am

    They both did well, Kunle Afolanya started making movies before Genny and probably has more experience in that line more than Genny so what do you expect?they are more females who started making movies before Genevieve but they still chose her for this interview,so what does that tell you,that is recognition,she is not there to compete with Kunle Afolanya get that straight.

  9. baf

    September 13, 2016 at 11:03 am

    The choice of both for the TIFF session is apt. The two Nollywood legends discharged their presentations creditably well. Bravo.

  10. alex

    September 13, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Wow wow.. So so proud of my country! Kudos to Genevieve and Kunle

  11. Awesome

    September 13, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Woow ….. Genny you are so blessed ! Looked so comfortable, sounding very intelligent with so much grace around her… An over one hour interview but yet I wasn’t bored, she made it so interesting and beautiful to watch.
    Welldone Kunle, you both nailed it !
    Though Kunle had this over ambitious tone beneath his voice….

  12. chai

    September 13, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Very beautiful to watch. There is indeed something about Genny!

  13. vincent

    September 13, 2016 at 11:52 am

    This was very educative and Insightful… we need more conversations like this… Kunle who I consider King of “new Nollywood” and my forever bae Genny were very passionate in expressing their opinions! Nollywood to the world! …. and oh Genny spoke a lot from the perspective of a producer! Put money in….you gotta make.. …..

  14. Greatness

    September 13, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Genevieve Nnaji has successful sold Nollywood to the world! Her answers were super great and informative! Kunle was great also only a few hacks in expression! But you see GENNY REMAINS QUEEN IN THIS INDUSTRY? There’s something about this woman!!! Love her with her sense of Humor ❤️

    • Adaeze

      September 13, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Many people have sold and continue to sell Nollywood to the world. You guys are the ones that start unnecessary stupidity with these lame comments! Geez. She was okay. Now it’s comparing Kunle and Genevieve you guys have started. Stop it! It’s just a forum and some have done same on other forums!

  15. Single Shalewa, Bitter Bintu!

    September 13, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Hello Sandra, making movies as in directing movies ba? If that’s it, i do agree with you.
    But re acting, Genevieve started acting way before Kunle Afolayan.


      September 13, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Then you must have very limited knowledge about nollywood’s old movies, kunle started way back with his dad, the legend Ade love.


    September 13, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Everything they said, was a hit back to back.
    I particularly liked how Genevieve Nnaji brought life to the interview as it takes more than intelligence to make an interview interesting.

  17. Tosin

    September 13, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    One hour , watch later

  18. MsTiLii

    September 13, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    My Take:

    When i listened to Genny speak – it brings me back to what i have been saying all the time and will keep saying and for that reason i totally understand why she is not acting as much anymore.

    Folks like Genevieve have hit a glass ceiling in Nollywood and are not being challenged enough, and i can see how frustrating that can be and why they will continue saying no to the kind of scripts coming their way. When you are on set and the director is not that experienced and think just cos you are an experience actor – you are expected to direct your self. After a while it gets boring.

    Leonardo Di Caprio became a phenomenal actor over time because directors Martin Scorcese kept challenging him movie after movie after movie From his one of his first movies What is Eating Gilbert Grapes (where he plays a convincing Retard) , Titanic, to Revenent etc – each movie you could see his growth) – something that is missing in Nollywood. The great actors like Genevieve want a challenge and they are not being provided with that challenge and i dont blame them for turning down some of the scripts that come their way. Go back to the drawing board and examine what needs to be done. You write a good script, she saids yes to and you challenge her in directing her, It wins world accolades. She shines You shine too. Yes i dont argue at all and 100% agree money is the most crucial in the industry right now, Not everything is about money – i have have seen some Sundance short films made with very lil budget, but the scripts were so great – at least an angel investor watching it will reach out to that movie maker and confidently help financially for them to make a bigger movie.. Some of these movies i watched were not even english but from Francophone with great subtitles for me to follow yet the script was so well written and movie well played i understood it.

    Thank God the likes of Genny, Rita Omotola are now at a space where they can afford to say NO to scripts that are not too good or good enough to challenge them.

    So just as i say to actors i say same to our directors, EDUCATION must never stop, just cos you have directed a 100 films does not mean investing in a directorial school to better yourself is beneath you. There are great talents like Genevieve , Rita, Majid etc who want to be challenged, do something it about it, Dont let some imported foreigner from Hollywood do it for you, You can do it. If it means taking a 6 months course abroad to better your skill as a director then please do so – you dont even necessarily have to travel out to learn something new. How about a lil workshop in nigeria or ghana where you invited great Hollywood DiRECtors to teach you something new right here. ..

    Why did it take Hollywood director to tell OUR own story like Blood Diamond of King of Scotland to win an OSCAR> We could have told that story ourselves. IT IS OUR STORY not theirs. I have had many debates with film makers where they will argue – we dotn have the funding. Yes I wont argue that all, but writing a good script does not always have to do with funding. And for the actors like Genny, Rita, etc i am glad you are not complaining but rather creating your own movies lately.

    As avid movie watcher and critic, I have watch the growth of Nollywood for the past 20 yrs and i must say yes though our picture and sound quality has improved a whole lot, OUR SCRIPTS HAVE NOT, how many royal movies are we going to tell, how many campus movies are we going to have , like seriously. I can boldly say though the old movies which we watched on vhs did not have the best sound or picture quality – the scripts were good, There was always a moral to the story and at the end of watching the movie you learnt something (eg patience, forgiveness, resilience etc etc etc) This was what made me fall in love / addicted to nollywood movies the. – lately the movies are very blah – no head or tail to the movie, I finished watching and I ask my self so what was the moral of this story told in this movie. I still love watching the old movies (eg SharonStone, Keeping Faith, Blood Sisters etc) Many of the new actors are in the industry for the wrong reason, they simply want to be famous or appear on red carpet.

    When someone truly loves the ART OF ACTING, you can always tell in their depth of acting, You can tell if the person researched the role to portray the role and BECOME ONE with the role to make us the movie watcher forget I am watching a movie cos the character is so real just like Chalize Theron did with the movie MONSTER to which she gained an oscar.

    I will keep supporting Nollywood as i have for many years, but i think sometimes they need to also hear from the movie watchers and our views. Not everyone who gives you constructive criticism is a hater. We are africans and of course we want the best for our continent,and sometimes you get your last love home. if you soared high and present a good quality movie and get world recognition, we all celebrate and hold our head high as africans (not just nigerian). When Lupita won that oscar as a Kenyan we all prided in that as Africans.

    We want the industry to strive for the best and be the best in the whole world in terms of QUALITY SCRIPTS, CINEMATOGRAPHY, ACTING etc. – our Nollywoodians dont want to take criticism at all and will quickly call one a hater. Who are you acting for , The AUDIENCE or YOU????

    I wish the industry the best. and will continue to support (THE BEST ONLY). There needs to be a round table discussion including the Director, The Producer, The Actor, The Newbies, The Upcoming Hopeful who wants to enter the industry and last but not least the End USER (The movie watcher i.e audience). Create a lil survey or something. Let everyone voice their frustration, opinions, suggestions for our future etc and discuss how we can make our industry better (thats the discussion i yearn to have openly). If you continue to exclude and alienate the movie watchers views, in due time they will alienate your movie.

    Dont be comfortable and pride self as nollywood being the 2nd to HOLLYWOOD or BOLLWYOOD, aim to pride self as the 1st best in ****QUALITY**** movies (not QUANTITY). How do you define Quality?? to each his own , but personally its beyond picture or sound, cinematography but 50% to do with script and acting.

    This panel of Discussion by Genny and Kunle was very good. Great discussion.


    • Dee

      September 14, 2016 at 9:06 am

      Good write-up, you made very valid points. I agree that our content needs to evolve and become more substantial. We have a lot of talent in the industry but in order to showcase it effectively, we need stronger and more challenging scripts.

  19. hilda

    September 13, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    October 1 was translated in 10 languages but Netflix? Whao thats impressive.
    I guess Kunle respects and loves to work with Netflix, I dont blame him. It is the best. Really.
    The listen to customers complaints of issues and pay the movie makers what their movies are worth ,unlike some other movie websites i know (wink wink)

  20. JS

    September 13, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Hmmm. Ok here goes.
    The Interviewer – Why is this woman wearing a sack and looking extremely standoffish. No effort to look professional. Nah, wetin sef?!! Ok I’ll reserve further comments on their twitter page.
    Genevieve – great actress with a strong naija accent – good for the Naija market. As per this interview, its a great improvement compared to her first with CNN and Canada a few years ago. Genny my advise, you need to get some training. No one ever stops learning. Playback this video and see for yourself where you need to improve. I see it, so I hope you do too. It wasn’t perfect as some people are singing here. There is a lot of room for improvement. There were quite a few ‘overkills’, ‘over stressing’, and too comfy on the couch. ( Nothing wrong with these in a different setting). Remember the international market is watching and they are looking for all sorts when they decide to make you a global name. Look over and above the Naija market. I’m talking big players. Prepare for next time! Any interview outside of Nigeria is a publicity and leveraging opportunity. It could be anything, but always treat these kinds of things like a major job interview and apart from the makeup and dressing, always request to know what the questions will be beforehand so you have at least time to prepare. You are a top Naija actress, you have the right to do so. Do some courses, when you stop learning, you become complacent regardless of your natural talents.
    Kunle – Go through this interview over and over again. I know you see what I see. Sort it!!!!

    Overall, great interview. great actors. well done. Plenty jollof Rice and plenty meat is waiting for you back here ;). I know your publicity lady will read this, so there:) – Expo.

    • George

      September 14, 2016 at 1:55 am

      Ur a bush person to be comparing interviews, is dat necessary?? And who is perfect? Perfect to u is not to me. It’s an interview not a mathematical problem to be solved, so shut up pls.

    • JS

      September 14, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Proverbs 23:9 – Only a fool despises words of wisdom. If in your life George you have no room for reviews regardless of how well you think you are doing, you become obsolete very quickly. This is for the wise not the foolish. Your position on this has been noted. (Constructive criticism equals bushness……lol. Receive wisdom Georgy!

    • Nakoms

      September 14, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Really, really! She was perfectly herself and does not need any coaching on being real. This is the Nigerian Genny we have come to love not one with all the good finishing and no substance.

      If Fella had listened to the likes of you he would have been truly great.

    • Dee

      September 14, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Exactly! There were so many temptations for Fela to change his image in order to impress western audiences, but instead he honed his own style and will always be remembered for it. Being excellent is about being the best version of yourself, not becoming too self-conscious and trying to change your authentic self in order to impress others. Of course there’s always room for learning, growth and improvement on Genevieve’s (and she even discussed that here), but it’s so important for her to be herself, or she will lose the essence of what makes her unique.

    • Dee

      September 14, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Hian, JS, this your critique na wa. The interviewer was ‘looking extremely standoffish’? How? I disagree that Genevieve was looking ‘too comfy’ – being stiff and formal in this setting would have been completely wrong – please go and watch similar panels and see how participants chat and share their experiences and insights in a relaxed and genuine fashion – that is actually the whole point! And what on earth are you asking Kunle to ‘sort’?? You want him to become someone else and start putting on an accent in order to impress or what? Anyway, I thought Genevieve and Kunle came across as knowledgeable, confident and thoughtful. Very good discussion.

    • Layo

      September 14, 2016 at 11:23 am

      JS, spot on. I’m worried Genny unleashed their PR Minnions here. She needs to really work on her public speaking skills. She’s improved from the last Canadian one but this is definitely not anything near what all the other commenters said. I’m really worried for Nigeria and out ability to compete on the global scope if all the above comments are anything to go by

    • JS

      September 14, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      If you feel as though you’ve won a gold medal of some sort and you relax, you are heading for oblivion. Ask Serena Williams. This comment is strictly for those who think outside the box not the simple minded. Continous Improvement is not a fight or curse word…lol

    • JS

      September 14, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks Layo. Glad to know someone is thinking differently and ahead!

  21. Udoka

    September 14, 2016 at 3:41 am

    I’m so proud to be Nigerian. These two intelligent Nigerians should be absolutely proud as well. They were clear n on point with answers. For those who say Genny has an accent …?of course she does she African n not English duh !unlike omo sexy who tries too hard to force an English accent … I’m in love with her being.. ???????

    • Dee

      September 14, 2016 at 9:02 am

      You can praise Genevieve without denigrating Omotola. No need to bash anyone to make your point.

  22. ...just saying

    September 14, 2016 at 10:39 am

    @ Sandra, please educate yourself. Kunle’s first movie was the Figurine in 2009. He had a 9-5 and wasn’t in Nollywood. He may have known Film pre-Nollywood because of bits and bobs of assistance he gave to his father at a young age but in the 22 year old Nollywood life span, he has been there less than 10 years unlike grandma Genny,

    • Bade

      September 14, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      This is highly inaccurate. He’s been there longer. YouTube is your friend.

    • yeni

      September 14, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      Bade, Kunle said this himself in the video. Apparently you didn’t watch. we know your type

  23. nwanyi na aga aga

    September 14, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    All I can say is wow! The Genevieve in this interview is just perfect. Please I really need to know did she rehearse the questions? Her answers were so apt, so articulate. Wow! Congrats Genny. You really slayed.

  24. publicity stunt

    September 14, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Lol. Its do clear who is making most of the comments here. It’s so clear it’s getting pathetic. You can’t hide lingo. Smh. Sad! Grow up!

  25. sheke

    September 14, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Now, I’m really worried for Nigerians definition of excellence. The focus on 1) Gene’s performance 2) The use of words like perfect 3) commendation of the fake unfounded accent as Nigerian . My only answer to this is, Gene’s team rotates comments on this article which is doing them no good because those that know, know and decision makers see through all the BS

  26. Nadia

    September 14, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Did we watch the same interview at all? Kunle was articulate with his responses giving we potential film makers good tips, while Gene just kept throwing sarcastic comments about and giving answers that were not the point of the question in the first place and embarrassingly always deferring to Kunle., yet everyone with unknown Bellanaija signatures by the way, is talking about her being perfect? Her body language, shaky voice and demeanor are questionable for a public personality who should by now be able to hold her own on stage.

    The most annoying part was how she kept defering to Kunle, Girl, you were given the world on a platter of gold and for you to be given a sit, you earned it (Not so much after seeing this) as much as he did so you should have held your own like a Queen.

    Please work harder next time boo.

  27. Lovina

    September 14, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Gene sweetheart, I’m disappointed you don’t even know about distribution. People in Ojuelegba don’t have to go all the way to the Island or Ikeja, There are cinemas in their domot, Surulere and another in Yaba. Kunle respectfully never interrupted you or passed comments while you spoke, why did you keep doing otherwise on him?

    • Tade

      September 15, 2016 at 8:05 am

      I know right? I was so ashamed at her answer to the last question in particular. You are on the international stage saying you don’t want international acts in your film? Kunle, big ups to you jare. You’re a business man to the core.

      It’s truly all about understanding the business of film and the people you’re selling it to being able to recognise faces in the movies. No local film will blow to Hollywood without that level of partnership. See Last King of Scotland, Slumdog millonire.

      Your head is truly there. You didn’t go to Toronto to show your dress and Loubiton shoes, you went to network and explore global partnerships. I’m sure you came back with that and so much more.

      We need much more people like you in Nigeria, egbon. Paving the way and showing us how to do it with facts and figures and lots of deep value

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