A MOVIE THAT RAISES A VOICE TO VICTIMS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Chairman of First bank, Dr Ibukun Awosika,has made a surprise debut in Kunle Afolayan’s new movie “citation” one news coming as a big surprise in the entertainment industry.
Femi Otedola’s daughter, Temi Otedola, the billionaire’s daughter who is also a fashion entrepreneur and a graduate of arts also made her acting debut in the film industry with _citation
The movie was produced by the award-winning movie producer Kunle Afolayan
Dr. Ibukun Awosika is an entrepreneur, an author, and a motivational speaker, and a woman at the forefront of women’s leadership.
Awosika plays the role of the Dean of a university faculty overseeing the Senate hearing panel of a female postgraduate student (Moremi) who was sexually harassed.
She represents who she really is “women’s leadership”, which is the sole objective of Citation. Her actions and initiatives for change in Africa and Women’s empowerment are to be desired.
Expressing her delight in the movie, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika said
The physical and psychological effects of sexual harassment have a considerable toll on individuals and institutions in terms of cost. The effects can hamper growth and potentials and can stop the victims from engaging fully in life. We must therefore as (Stakeholders, institutions of learning, media, parents, and government) collectively rise against this menace and never let the deplorable behaviour of sexual harassment to fester
She also said
I remain upbeat about this project- being part of a collective goal to continually keep dreams and hope alive; Sacrificing and holding strong to our commitment to reignite the lost values. The casting experience has been very enriching and impactful to me and I am delighted to be amongst the very amazing casts in such an intriguing and brilliantly scripted movie
Talking about Temi Otedola
Temi Otedola, the Fashion influencer, who played the main lead (Moremi Oluwa) has been a victim of sexual harassment from a popular lecturer in school “Lucien” (Jimmy-Jean Louis)
Moremi Oluwa, a fun-loving 21-year-old student on campus in Nigeria. Incensed at being ill-treated by a trendy university don, Lucien N’Dyare, she drags him before the university senate. The ensuing intrigues define Moremi’s word against that of the respected academic, in a male-dominated bastion.
Despite her family’s fame and success in the fashion business, Temi proved that she can play her part. She disclosed that she spent a month auditioning and has been in constant discussion with the filmmaker in the past 6 months. Afolayan known for scouting new talent said that he was impressed by Temi’s audition.
Temi’s reaction to the movie, she said
This movie is more than entertainment. The heart of this movie is a message to the world and I just feel so blessed, honored, and grateful to bring this character “Moremi Oluwa” to life. For many months, she lived within my heart and it is even hard to this day to separate the two of us. I hope I was able to be a vessel for countless girls in this country who will not get the chance to tell their story. This is the heart of “citation” for me.
She also took to her Instagram page to show her gratitude, she said
I can’t believe this day is here. I can officially share the first teaser for #citationthemovie. This day is an emotional one for so many reasons. As many of you already know, the citation is my debut feature film and is directed by the legendary @Kunleafo, someone who I have been a fan of since Figurine. He not only trusted me to bring Moremi Oluwa to life but also my citation Family, made up of the most wonderful and supportive cast and crew members. For that trust, my heart is overfilled with gratitude right now. We put so much sweat, tears, and sleepless nights into the movie and I hope you guys will love it as much as this experience changed my life.
Citation Narrates the Ordeal Faced by a female postgraduate student who is forced to find a way to deal with awkward situations of sexual harassment from a popular male lecturer. It is created to correct one of the greatest ills- rape and sexual molestation which affects the educational system and indeed societies around the world.
The movie was written by Golden effects pictures, the long-lasting screenwriter of Kunle Afolayan, Tunde Babalola said
It goes beyond the act of sexual harassment, it’s centered on how to address such a situation in the university.
Well… not only was citation shot at Obafemi Awolowo University but the surprise Cast is also an alumna of the school, Dr. Ibukun Awosika. The movie was also shot in 3 different countries.
Gabriel Afolayan who played the role of Moremi’s lover(Temi) is also appearing in his brother’s movie for the first time said
“I’m super glad to be part of this and not judging from the aspect of him being my brother, this is about the subject matter we need to address. Not just talk about it but to proffer solutions. I don’t like celebrating problems, we may say that Nigeria is bad but do you have a solution? Talk about it! Talk more on solutions “
The award-winning producer, Kunle Afolayan Never Disappoints
In the citation, we can see a great storyline, good suspense blend of culture and languages, great choice of characters, camera quality, and professionalism.
The production is a result of a partnership with the ford foundation and it aims at propelling women to become great leaders
He also disclose some facts about citation, he said
I shared the idea with her last year and was looking forward to her interpretation of the character which will see her speak 4 languages.
He also discloses that he has been working on the movie since 2018 before the sex for grade documentary by the BBC. He said the movie was shot in 3 African countries; Nigeria, Senegal, and Cape Verde. He stated that Pan-Africanism is dear to his heart and therefore the film will feature other African actors like the prominent Ivorian actor Bienvenu Neba and Ghanian actor Adjetey Anang.
Citation also features front line actress, Joke Silva, experienced broadcaster-turned-actor, Sadiq Daba, Haitan French actor and Model, Jimmy- jean Louis, Ini Edo, Raymond Reboul, alongside Afrobeat artiste, Seun kuti (acting debut).
Citation isn’t just a movie but a message sent across!!
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