Is there anything the Otedola sisters can’t do? From music and fashion, to philanthropy, they can do it all. Fashion and style content creator, Temi ‘JTO’ Otedola is taking her career in a new direction (pun intended) though, making a voyage into Nigerian film.
Via her social media, Otedola announced she will be starring in iconic filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan’s next feature film, Citation. Alongside photos of the film’s script and a few shots from the official press briefing, JTO wrote, “I can finally announce that I will be starring in ‘Citation’, legendary filmmaker Kunle Afolayan’s next feature film! Deeply humbled and excited to be shooting alongside so many legends of film in my on-screen debut.”
I can finally announce that I will be starring in ‘Citation’, legendary filmmaker Kunle Afolayan’s next feature film! Deeply humbled and excited to be shooting alongside so many legends of film in my on-screen debut. pic.twitter.com/WO234UUiDr
— Temi Otedola (@jtofashion) January 9, 2020
Otedola says she was excited at the prospect of starring in a film with a story that is “so relevant and relatable,” and “grew up watching [Nollywood] movies.” She’s not wrong about the relevance of the film at a time like this in Nigeria; Citation is a story about a female postgraduate student who is faced with the ordeal of dealing with sexual harassment by a lecturer.
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Speaking further on the theme of the movie, the filmmaker said, "CITATION will create awareness on the different forms of violence against women and girls in the public and private sphere. It will educate the society on women's rights and the ways to enforce these rights for the achievement of equality and tranquility. The movie will encourage and embolden women to stand up against mistreatment and abuse by a patriarchal society. It has also been designed to propel women to aspire to become successful leaders and thereby provide counter examples to negative gender stereotypes." Boasting an ensemble of A-list actors of diverse nationalities, as is the character of the film company, one can also underscore CITATION as another launching pad for new actors and resurgence for underrated talents by Golden Effects Pictures. Cast of the movie include veteran Nigerian actress and director, Joke Silvia; Haitian-French actor and model, Jimmy Jean-Louis; delectable Nigerian actress, Ini Edo; UK-based Nigerian fashion and lifestyle blogger, Temi Otedola; notable Nigerian actor, Yomi Fash-Lanso; Ghanaian actor, Adjetey Anang; Nigerian actor and singer, Gabriel Afolayan; man of Ivorian theater, Bienvenu Neba; veteran broadcaster and actor, Sadiq Daba; upcoming Nollywood actress, Bukunmi Oluwashina; French-Ivorian actor and screen writer, Raymond Reboul; theatre educator, Toyin Bifarin; and veteran Nigerian film director and actor, Wole Olowomojuore, aka ‘Baba Gebu’. Afolayan said he will be surprising fans, as a top personality will soon be unveiled as part of the cast. Written by the company’s long-standing screen writer, Tunde Babalola, CITATION tells the story of 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 world against that of the respected academic, in a male-dominated bastion. @bukunmioluwasina @iniedo @adjeteyanang @jtofashion @jimmyjeanlouis @gabbylucciii @kapmotionpictures @goldeneffectspictures #citationthemovie
Producer, Afolayan says the film will be shot for five weeks, beginning January through February 15, 2020 in three countries. Jimmy Jean-Louis, Ini Edo and Gabriel Afolayan will also star in the film. Speaking further on the film, Afolayan says, “Citation will create awareness of the different forms of violence against women and girls in the public and private sphere. It will educate the society on women’s rights and the ways to enforce these rights for the achievement of equality and tranquility.”