Kunle Afolayan’s ‘October 1st’ win Big at AFRIFF

On the path of its achievement at the cinemas in Nigeria, Kunle Afolayan’s latest film, October 1, has clinched three remarkable awards at the just-concluded Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, which held in Calabar, Cross River State recently.

Afolayan’s emotional thriller trumped other 75 films in competition to win the Best Feature Film award. The movie also earned seasoned actor, Sadiq Daba, who played the role of Inspector Waziri in the film, the Best Actor prize. Also, Tunde Babalola, the writer of October 1 script, also clinched the award for Best Screenplay.

The AFRIFF honour was the first competitive award for the film since its historic release in the cinemas on 1 October.

Prior to its release, October 1’s trailer won the Best Fiction Film Trailer at the International Movie Trailers Festival in 2013, while Afolayan, early this year, also received two awards (Creative Entrepreneur in Filmmaking and Overall Creative Entrepreneur) from the British Council in Nigeria.

Other honourees at the AFRIFF Awards Night are Andrew Dosunmu (Best Director for Mother of George); Bola Agbaje and Destiny Ekaragha (Viewers’ Choice Award for Gone Too Far); CJ Fiery Obasi (Best Nigerian Film for Ojuju); Thishiwe Ziqubu (Best Actress for South African film, Hard To Get); Joanna Lipper (Best Documentary for The Supreme Price); South Africa’s Samantha Nell (Best Short Film for Stiff);  Naji Ismail (Special Jury Prize for the Egyptian film, Om Amira) and Iquo Essien (Best Student Short Film for Aissa’s Story).

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