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October One hits the streets, as moviemakers kick

October One hits the streets, as moviemakers kick

The movie, October One is probably the most talked about movie in recent times. Aside from the fact that it is produced by one of Nigeria’s great moviemakers, it has also been sweeping awards. At the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) held last month, the film took home most of the awards including the big ones like ‘Best Movie’, ‘Best Director’ and even ‘Best Actress’.

Okoye and others

The film has been in the cinemas since it’s release and has also made it to big movie rental sites like Netflix, and Iroko TV. The producer who is trying to get back as much as he can from the movie before releasing it on DVD was shocked to realise that his multi-million naira work is out in the streets and selling like hot cake. According to the producer, the film was to be sold to a few cable TV stations before it is finally sold on DVD, but now, the whole plan for the movie has been disrupted.

Speaking with Box Office, Kunle Afolyan was very upset about the illegal release of the film. According to him, the movie is over a million naira to produce and it is sad that some people will take someone else’s hard work and make money out of it. He said: “Pirated copies of ‘October 1’ film is now released by the pirates and the flick is now everywhere in the streets. We have been announcing and alerting the people in government for years. Is this how we will fold our hands and look? It is my turn today, it may be yours tomorrow. I am devastated. Let’s come together and fight this scourge.”

Kunle also urged his fans not to buy the pirated movie in the streets.

Last week, he was criticised for saying all pirates are from Igbo decent. But after the pirates release of his film, many of his colleagues especially those from eastern part of the country have been supporting Afolayan. And some even agree with him that movie pirates including those in Alaba market and others across the country are actually Igbos.

Gabriel Okoye popularly known as Gabosky, said: “When I went into Ubakason Plaza and Obozi Plaza, the den of these pirates, 99 percent of the people that are trading there are Igbos. So I don’t know why you just want to take criminality and start joining it with politics. A criminal is a criminal and should be pronounced a criminal, whether he is a Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa. The film is being pirated. And I went round the whole country and found out that the films are being pirated and I started compiling names. And I tell you, there is no Yoruba name on that list that I compiled;. They are all Igbos and I have the list.”

Also addressing the issue is another popular movie producer, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen. In his write-up; ‘Lamentation of a true Nigerian film producer’. He bares his mind on the act of piracy and how it affects himself and his colleagues.

“I operate in a society where my works are always criticised by people who know nothing about how my craft is put together, they have no idea the much pains I go through to bring one new film out, that no bank is ready to lend money to me, for film business because it’s too risky, as if being and living in Nigeria itself is not a risk. Then I struggle on my own to raise some few millions of naria to make a film, half of the money goes into buying fuel and more energy into begging neighbors to allow us put our generator near their houses trying to avoid it’s noise get into our filming. If your movie is so good our friends from Alaba, and other great places around the country with connivance with some other evil people will get hold of the film and off to the express road and traffics around Lagos, Pirates take over and flood everywhere with my sweat.”

October 1 is a story of Danladi Waziri (Sadiq Daba), a police officer, mandated to uncover a serial killer in Akote, a rural community, where he is serving.  He is assisted by Sgt. Afonja (Kayode Olaiya), a native of Akote, who understands the traditions of the community. Incidentally, these events take place in the build-up to Nigeria’s independence on 1st October, 1960; which is where the film derives its name. The movie continues to get accolades even as it floods the streets. Will the masses assist Kunle Afolayan by not buying the pirated copy?

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