Nollywood Week Paris is a film festival created in honor of Nigerian cinema. The only event in Paris, and among the few in Europe, aimed at generating discussion on Nigerian movies, Nollywood Week is now in its fourth year. Nollywood refers to the Nigerian film industry. Although Nollywood is among the top three world movie industries, its movies are often associated with low quality. Nollywood Week Paris aims to raise the bar by screening the most exceptional movies.

 

Grammy Award winning singer from Benin Republic, Angélique Kidjo has been revealed as the ambassador for Nollywood Week Paris this year. If you’re wondering what a singer from Benin Republic has to do with Nollywood, Kidjo stars in “The CEO.” Kunle Afolayan’s “The CEO” is one of the most highly anticipated movies to be screened at Nollywood Week this year. “The CEO” will premiere at the event which starts on Thursday, June 2, before launching on the continent in July.

 

Afolayan has been featured heavily in past Nollywood Week festivals. One of the most dynamic directors in Nollywood, Afolayan won the Public Choice Award in the inaugural Nollywood Week Paris. His film “The CEO” was produced in partnership with Air France, for whom he is a brand ambassador.  “The CEO” is a thriller in which five African executives from a multinational telecommunications firm start disappearing one by one while on a retreat in a seaside resort near Lagos. The film boasts a pan-African cast with actors from Morocco, Kenya, South Africa, and Cote d’Ivoire. Kidjo stars as Dr. Zimmerman in a role that was apparently tailor-made for her. “The CEO” is wholly pan-African and attempts to portray the cutthroat business industry in Africa today.

 

 

Other feature-length films selected by the jury to be screened at the festival include “Fifty” by Biyi Bandele, “Falling” by Niyi Akinmolayan, “The First Lady” by Omoni Oboli, “Stalker” by Moses Inwang, “Gbomo Gbomo Express” by Walt Taylaur, “Lunch Time Heroes” by Seyi Babatope, and “Taxi Driver” by Daniel Oriahi. Seven short films will also be screened during the week.

 

Organised by Okada Media, a French company headed by Serge Noukoué and Nadira Shakur, Nollywood Week promises to be a fun event. Apart from films, there will be live music events, seminars, and workshops. As usual, Nollywood Week will conclude with the presentation of the Nollywood Public Choice Award.

 

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