Kunle Afolayan’s ‘The CEO’ to Premiere Aboard Air France


The much raved about blockbuster mov­ie, The CEO which is yet to be released to the public, is set to premiere on the 1st of June, in what seems to be the first of its kind, special premiere edition. It is from the sta­ble of Gold Effects Pic­tures, in partner­ship with Air France. The movie was produced and directed by award-winning movie maker Kunle Afolayan and written by Tunde Babalola

The announcement was made at a Press conference at Silverbird Cinema Ikeja City Mall where selected members of the press, his sponsors and lead actors were treated to a short clip of the film. An elated Afolayan whilst recalling his experience including challenges in the making of the film, reiterated the fact that this premiere is the first of its kind. He said: “Red carpet at check in counter; cocktail party at the boarding gate into the plane. Movie screen onboard the plane Lagos-Paris, after party happens 40,000ft above the sea level. It’s an experience you don’t want to miss.”

The CEO is a movie full of intrigues and suspense which all began after five top execu­tives embarked on a week-long business trip. The trip was intended to elect the new CEO for the company but things go out of hand along the line. It was filmed in an outskirt of Lagos, as well as other African locations. The entire drama started when the executives ar­rived their destination for the business meet­ing and suddenly began to die one after the other through mysterious circumstances, leaving only two behind, a situation which led to suspicions.

It stars Nigerian and international entertainment personalities like, An­gelique Kidjo, Nico Panagio, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Wale Ojo, Hilda Do­kubo, Fatym Layache, Peter King, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Aurelie Eliam, and special appearance from Nige­rian music artiste Adekunle Gold, amongst others.

Recall that on July 29, 2015, Afolayan was signed as brand ambassador of Air France, with the deal covering The CEO movie and several projects of mutual benefits.

“I didn’t need to speak too much about the creative ingenuity in Africa. As part of my presentation at the meeting, I showed a preview of The CEO and they were quite impressed. In  all, we had a two-hour talk about the many untapped potentials in the African market,” he further disclosed.

Speaking at the event, Arthur Dieffenthaler, Commercial Director Air France, said: “We are familiar with the stellar work that Kunle Afolayan does with his Golden Effects company and were therefore more than excited to jump on board The CEO project right from its inception. This partnership is in furtherance of our continued drive to support Nigerian and African cinema by investing in people, ideas and talent, and we can’t wait for fans and lovers of good cinema to watch this movie.”

Other sponsors present were Jean-Raoul Tauzin, General Manager, Air France, the Director, M-Net West Africa, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu and top management executives from Peugeot.