Kunle Afolayan

Jennifer Okundia

Movie producer and director Kunle Afolayan, who is known for his popular movie October 1 amongst others, has urged his fans not to pay attention to a report making the rounds on social media that he doesn’t watch Nollywood films.

The hardworking and very devoted actor says no matter what a person does to succeed, he will still have haters who do not like his gut.

Check out his write up in a video he posted on Instagram today…

He wrote: What is good for My kids is certainly good for me!

My attention has been drawn to a report alleging that I claimed I do not watch Nollywood films.

I urge all my fans to kindly disregard this statement which, obviously, was tweaked by a mischief maker to score cheap and sensational point, and cause disaffection between myself and publics.

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While the report may tend to achieve its aim in some quarters, discerning minds would understand that it lacks credibility. Otherwise, how can the I say I do not watch Nollywood films yet allows my kids to watch same.

It is obvious I was quoted out of context while answering to a question on bad film subtitles and not about Nollywood films as a genre.

My take is that not every fan of a Nollywood movie care about good or bad subtitling, while makers of the films that are so referred not only have their followers, they have made fortunes from their productions. And as long as everyone is happy with what they do, it is pointless making unnecessary comparison.

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I am a grassroot person and avid promoter of the Nigerian brand. This can only explain, as quoted, why I allow my children to watch Nollywood films which have helped their educational development and cultural understanding .

While my statement is not a sweeping one about Nollywood, the inference was about films that challenge my creative endeavour. This is not out of place for anyone who aspires for greatness in any field of their endeavour.

I therefore urge my fans to disregard this, and any sensational publications that may tend to bring disaffection among practitioners who thrive to take Nollywood to greater height.

Again I say “My children watch Nollywood movies and they don’t speak bad English. How else can one say well of a genre of films?

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