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Get the Scoop on Kunle Afolayan’s New Movies “Roti” “Umogwo” & “Tribunal” starring Kate Henshaw, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Faithia Balogun & more




After a swell outing with his pan-Africa film, The CEO, popular Nigerian filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan is back with a set of three films, sponsored by Multichoice Nigeria. The threesome; ‘Roti’, ‘Umogwo’ and ‘Tribunal’ will enjoy back-to-back filming that will fast-track their releases, beginning from the first quarter of the year.

Originally planned as television productions, the ace filmmaker has however secured the understanding of his sponsors for the films to explore the traditional channels of exhibitions safe for DVD; thus, the films will make debut with an April 2017 cinema release, enjoy some festival routings before berthing on Africa Magic channels.

The three films are engaging some A-list stars who are acting on Kunle Afolayan’s set for the first time. They include Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Kate Henshaw, Nobert Young, Toyin Oshinaike, Fathia Balogun, Dari Afolayan,  Funsho Adeolu, Ade Laoye, Omowunmi Dada, Damilola Ogunsi, Ayo Adesanya, Yaw and Gloria Anozie Young among others.

In ‘Roti’ which stars Kunle Afolayan himself playing alongside Kate Henshaw, Toyin Oshinaike, Fathia Balogun and Dari Afolayan, the story is told of how, years after a couple loses their son called Roti to a brief illness, the wife sees a boy called Juwon who is an exact replica of her dead son. After discovering that Juwon is not a reincarnation of Roti, she is washed anew by grief and soon descends into depression and consequent hysteria.

In ‘Tribunal’, Jimi Disu, a man in his fifties, is one of the bright- minded lawyers who co-establish a leading law firm in Lagos many years ago. However, he lost his sense of direction and strength after being hit by a series of personal challenges that question his resolve as a man. He becomes a ‘charge and bail’ lawyer with no further ambition. Approached by a young, enthusiastic, fresh law school graduate, Tanimowo (who adores him for the stature of his legendary pedigree as a lawyer), to defend her friend, an albino, who has been unfairly relieved of his duties at work, Jimi Disu is presented a chance to battle his old law firm. ‘Tribunal’ stars Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde, Funsho Adeolu, Nobert Young, Ade Laoye, and Damilola Ogunsi.

The third flick which stars Ayo Adesanya, Yaw, Gloria Anozie Young and Omowunmi Dada is ‘Umogwo’, the story of Omotunde, a young Yoruba civil engineer, married to Raymond, an Igbo man. Colored by different cultural backgrounds, drama ensues when Raymond’s mother, Chimanda, insists on performing Umogwo, an Igbo cultural practice by which the mother of one of the couples lives with the couple for a period of time to relieve the nursing mother of the pressures of convalescing and baby care. Omotunde’s mother, an egotistic, self-absorbed woman feels she has the right, as Chimanda, to be there for her daughter and granddaughter and receive as much praise as Chimanda. Both mothers-in-law move in with the couple and complicate their lives even further in this comic-filled drama.

The shooting of ‘Roti’ is currently ongoing. Directed by Kunle Afolayan, the movie also marks the return of prolific DoP, Yinka Edward to Golden Effects Production after his further study in the United Kingdom

Se photos from the set of Roti below!



  1. isaobi

    February 2, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Bravo ! Kunle Afolayan is unusually getting prolific lately. Since the movie, The CEO, he has done a short film, HANNATU, yet to be released. And now these three forthcoming films . His fans would have a busy time with him at the cinemas, this year. Nice !!

    • Frank teacher

      February 4, 2017 at 1:43 am

      He’s been a main stay for a while now, he’s , was the first movie I saw at a cinema; figurine

  2. Hope

    February 2, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Looking forward to Tribunal.. Sensitive issue with people discriminating against Albinos up and down. Plus, would be lovely to see OmoT! Bring in on!!

  3. Jade

    February 2, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Bella please either correct (if youre the one that made the mistake) or tell Kunle Afolayan it is OMUGWO not UMOGWO. Cheers

  4. Obi

    February 2, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I watched Figurine, I watched Ocotber 1st about 10 times and believe me brethren this guy Kunle Afolayan has levels and he is by far the best director we have in this country. Looking at the names he’s casting one can tell he only goes for the best and he goes to the extreme to get it right and he continually replicates the maxim ‘whatever is worth doing is worth doing right”. He keeps up with tradition and he showcases it in every movie and tells the Nigerian story, stories the average Nigerian can relate to. Im very much in awe of his works and im a huge fan. I would definitely see all the movies and attend a premiere if theres any. Finally i think he missed up the spelling of the last movie. Its ”Omugwo”‘ not ”Umugwo” i believe he should have done a bit of research or maybe its intentional but i would rather they change the title to the original spelling so people dont get it wrong. Kunle Afolayan – Well done Sir!

    • Chu

      February 2, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      I also watched figurine, he restored my faith in Nigerian movies, all I used to see was over=acting and nonsense plots. His works with Multichoice would be the bomb, two professionals. I also love watching Tinsel on Africamagic cos of the superb acting.

  5. Oyediran

    February 2, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Nice one. I love the theme of Tribunal and I am not surprised at all to see Omotola attached to that one. She Is fast becoming the most thoughtful actress in Nollywood for me. The combination of her and kunle afolayan should be Magic , it’s so intriguing I can’t wait.
    These are the mature kind of of filmmakers we want to see and I look forward to more.
    Kudos kunle, Omotola and the rest. Please make it worth our wait.

  6. Gravitas

    February 2, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    smiled at the pictures with Kate. very playful,they look like friends trying to play lovers in a movie,……..Fun!!

    • Frank teacher

      February 4, 2017 at 1:47 am

      Who have you been sleeping with sweetie ? The playfulness is called chemistry in most parts

  7. chiyi

    February 2, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    All the yoruba cast, oh! Chimo!

  8. Kunle, again?

    February 2, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Umogwo? BN, please tell me that error is from you not Kunle Afolayan.

    If not, I’ll be left to think the guy just can’t hide his hatred for Igbos. We remember what he tweeted in 2015 oh

  9. Gravitas

    February 2, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    chiyi, there is more to life than tribe you know,sometimes i feel like talking to some Nigerians,what is the matter with us? Must everything be an ethnic/tribal issue?
    how then do you enjoy life?

  10. somto

    February 2, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    @Gravitas, Chiyi is very correct Kunle is all about promoting Yoruba people, i know for certain that he will never cast you in his movie unless you are yoruba or can at least speak the dialect. He told my friend that without mincing words. Bella pls dont censor for am correcting an impression ooo.

  11. jwezee

    February 3, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Not interested in Ronti, just direct and let it not saying kunle is a bad actor, but am not just ready to see him as a lead actor…haa I can’t abeg

  12. mama zee

    February 3, 2017 at 10:59 am

    to start with, the rite of a mother to be a helping hand to her nursing child is called ‘omugwo’ not omogwo,if i hadn’t read the text i wouldn’t be able to relate the two.and the name is ‘chimamanda’ not ‘chimanda’ that’s the problem i have with Nigerian productions,they don’t do their home work.

  13. Kay Johnson

    February 3, 2017 at 11:36 am

    A couple of films to look forward to from one of Nigeria’s best. Can’t wait to see “Omugwo”… looks interesting. Not sure Kunle knows this but from the synopsis of “Tribunal” it looks like a replica of a mini TV series released in the US by the name “Goliath”. I would suggest that you check it out as the story looks the same.

    Well done bro.

  14. joi

    February 4, 2017 at 2:15 am


  15. Kkay

    March 21, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    OMUGWO is usually the right of the bride’s mother in Igbo culture not the groom’s mother. I want to think that Kunle’s intepretation here is the twist in the plot of the movie to create comic relief.

    I would love to see all three movies

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