Kunle Afolayan, an accomplished film producer, has spoken about how his late father, Adeyemi Afolayan, well known as Adelove, discouraged him and his siblings from entering the film business.
In a recent interview, Kunle, whose father was one of Nigeria’s early pioneers of filmmaking and who has three siblings working in Nollywood, said that his father urged his brothers to pursue other jobs because filmmaking was not profitable at the time.
The talented filmmaker, however, claimed that he was adamant about becoming a film producer since he identified a need for filling in the market.
The 48-year-old actor, when discussing his father, remarked,
He said there was no money. Just go and be a lawyer.
“My father completely discouraged any of us from going into acting or filmmaking. He said do you want to be running around like I’m running around.
“And those were things I learned which helped me structure the business side of what I do because I don’t want to end up like them.
“I remember after he passed then Nollywood came and then I would see these films with beautiful stories then I would be comparing them to the film of my dad and Ogunde with the production quality but how come the audio is bad, how come the makeup is lousy, how can we do and this and I said ok I want to be a filmmaker, I never said I wanted to be an actor.
“I went to Tade Ogidan and he said ok when we have something I will call you.
I went to Tade Ogidan and he said ok when we have something I will call you.
“I also went to Tunde Kilani, he said who are you to say you want to make a film?
“That your dad was a filmmaker doesn’t make you one, you have to learn it. Go to school and complete your education and then when they wanted to do ‘Saworo Ide’ in 1998, he called me to come and I auditioned. I played the role eventually but still wanted to make a film.