Thanks to Kunle Afolayan, you can now sit back, crack a bottle of whatever activates your third eye and geek out on one of the greatest catalogues by a Nigerian filmmaker.
Kunle Afolayan is one of Nigeria’s most critically-acclaimed directors in recent times. He’s made such commercially successful movies as The Figurine and The CEO and more. So it’s great news that his newest feature film, Mokalik is now available to watch on Netflix.
Mokalik is a brief look at the career of a middle-class 11-year-old boy, Ponmile who spends his day as a car mechanic’s apprentice to understand life on the other side. This inexplicable scenario is fertile ground for him to develop a crush on a sweet-singing girl-next-door played by Simi. The singer is part of a diverse cast that also includes actors like Tooni Afolayan, Tobi Bakre, Ebun Oloyede and Femi Adebayo.
Regarding his choice of first-time actors like Tobi Bakre and Simi, Afolayan said, “‘Tobi is a natural talent and I have always seen that in him, so I decided to cast him for the role.”
“Simi’s part was not originally in my head until the writer, Tunde Babalola wrote her character into the film. I had always imagined a Simi in that role and she was able to pull it off.”
Mokalik is just one of six movies by Afolayan now available on Netflix. The others are The Figurine, The Bridge, October 1, Phone Swap and The CEO. That catalogue is a diverse range that spans historical drama, urban fiction and mystery.
That’s one more thing you want to do this weekend.