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Ibukun Awosika, Temi Otedola, Seun Kuti make acting debut in Kunle Afolayan’s ‘Citation’

Yomi Fash and Jimmy Jean-Loius in ‘Citation’ (courtesy Kunle Afolayan)

Filmmaker Kunle Afolayan has released a teaser for his latest production, Citation.

“The wait is finally over! And we are sure you’re eager to watch the official teaser for Citation,” the post officially announcing it reads. “Following our announcement of Citation earlier this year, it has fast become Nollywood’s most anticipated film of 2020. And now, you get to have a glimpse of what to expect. This teaser is set to give you a snippet of the drama, suspense and daring plot-twists in the movie.”

Sex for grades?

Citation is not just a movie, but a message focused on educating students on ways they can tackle sexual based crimes in the universities,” the post continues, adding that “the film narrates the ordeals faced by a female postgraduate student, Moremi Oluwa (Temi Otedola) who is forced to find a way to deal with an awkward situation of sexual harassment from a popular male lecturer, Prof. Lucien Nd’yara (Jimmy-Jean Louis).”

Poster for ‘Citation’

In the trailer (1:35), partly shot on location at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), opens with what appears to be a Senate hearing investigating the allegations of sexual misconducts against the professor.

“My first one-on-one contact with Professor Nd’yara was after a tutorial class,” Moremi Oluwa is heard saying.  

“It was she who first (voice trails off),” the accused is heard responding. “She wanted to indulge me.”

The visual shows Chairperson of First Bank Ibukun Awosika’s character presiding over the sitting, while colleagues Ajoke Silva and Sadiq Daba listen attentively.

Shots jump from a scene showing Moremi and the professor in a room (and elsewhere about to share a kiss) and to a gathering of protesting students.

“You become a poster girl for every woman with a grudge against a male lecturer on this campus,” a male character is seen speaking with Moremi (not in shot).

Capitalism vs communism

Besides the actors speaking French and English – perhaps to appeal to both Anglophone and Francophone audiences, Citation also touches on the politics of Africa. An ungraded footage (1:42)of the film shared by Afolayan earlier in March shows Moremi and Nd’yara in an exchange during what must have been the tutorial class referenced earlier.

Temi Otedola in ‘Citation (Courtesy Kunle Afolayan)

“The political inclination of any nation has an impact on its foreign policy of that country in terms of how it deals with its neighbours,” the lecturer is heard saying in a French accent, citing Senegal and Gambia as examples to support his argument.

“I don’t think it would make any sense whatsoever,” Moremi countered, her coursemates attentive and the lecturer’s brow raised in surprise and admiration. “When it comes to African countries, culture is a strong determining factor… Culture trumps ideology. It takes far more than political inclinations to tear neighbouring countries apart.”

Other actors in the film – release date yet to be announced — include: Ini Edo, Adjetey Anang; Gabriel Afolayan, Yomi Fash among others. Afrobeat artiste Seun Kuti also makes his acting debut.

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